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DENVER OUTLAWS TO MAKE LEAGUE-RECORD EIGHTH CHAMPIONSHIP GAME APPEARANCE FOLLOWING 13-12 SEMIFINALS WIN OVER CHESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS

August 11, 2018
DENVER — The Denver Outlaws will play in their league-record eighth Major League Lacrosse Championship Game after defeating the Chesapeake Bayhawks 13-12 in the semifinals on Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

The Outlaws, who joined the league in 2006, have qualified for the postseason 12 times in their 13 seasons and will be playing in the championship game for the third consecutive year.

Attackman Eric Law led the Outlaws with six points on two goals and four assists. Fellow attackman Kylor Bellistri (3 goals, 2 assists) and midfielder Zach Currier (4 goals, 1 assist) followed closely behind with five points apiece.

Playing in his first career postseason game, faceoff specialist Max Adler won 21-of-29 faceoffs (72.4 percent) and led the team with nine ground balls.

Denver trailed 5-4 midway through the second quarter but scored consecutive goals to take a 6-5 lead into halftime. The Outlaws’ run extended into the second half as they took an 8-5 lead, but a subsequent 3-0 scoring run by Chesapeake evened it at 8-8.

The teams traded goals throughout the closing quarter before the Bayhawks tied the game at 12 with 6:13 on the clock. Attackman Matt Kavanagh netted the game-winner with 3:53 remaining off an assist from midfielder Mikie Schlosser.

Denver will face the winner of New York and Dallas in the championship game on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Charleston, S.C. (5 p.m. MDT).


MLL Championship Appearances


Franchise

Years

App.

Denver Outlaws

13

8

Chesapeake Bayhawks

18

7

New York Lizards

18

6^

Rochester Rattlers

16

3^

Philadelphia Barrage*

8

3

Boston Cannons

18

2

Ohio Machine

6

2

Hamilton Nationals*

5

2

Charlotte Hounds

7

1

Los Angeles Riptide*

3

1

New Jersey Pride*

8

0

Florida Launch

5

0

San Francisco Dragons*

3

0

Atlanta Blaze

3

0

Chicago Machine*

5

0

*- No longer in MLL

^-TBD following semifinal