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Game Preview: Ohio at Denver

March 18, 2016
Opponent: Ohio Machine (1-6)
When: Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m. MDT
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo.
Broadcast: CBS Sports (National)
All-time vs. Ohio: 3-0
Matchup: The Outlaws return home to face the Ohio Machine after defeating the Chesapeake Bayhawks 13-9 in a rematch of last year’s Steinfeld Cup Championship Game. The Outlaws beat the Machine on the road on May 4. Ohio, which opened the year with six straight losses, is coming off its first win of the season against the Rochester Rattlers.

History: Since the Machine’s inception in 2012, they have lost all three of their games against the Outlaws.

Last Week: Denver took a two-game lead atop the MLL standings with a 13-9 win against Chesapeake, the reigning national champion.

“To come out of there—considering where we were last time we played them—to come out of there with a win, go on the road against not just a good team but a team that’s battling to maintain their supremacy we’re certainly very pleased to come out of there and have a win,” Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said.

In the second professional lacrosse game of his career, rookie Eric Law led the way for Denver with five goals, earning him Player of the Game and MLL Cascade Rookie of the Week honors for the second straight week. The attackman, who graduated from the University of Denver just hours before making his MLL debut on June 8, connected on all nine shots that he took in his first two games with the Outlaws.

“[University of Denver Head Coach] Bill Tierney said [Law] is somebody that—and this is before he had his great senior year—Bill said this is a kid that’s going to fit right in with what you guys do, and you’re going to love him,” Stagnitta said. “Bill was right on all accounts, and he’s certainly a great kid….he’s a really talented all-around player. He’s got a very-well rounded game.”

In goal, Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman and Chesapeake’s Kip Turner both turned in strong performances, recording save percentages of 65.4 and 59.4, respectively.

“As well as Law played, Jesse was the one who stopped the Bayhawks’ runs and gave us a chance to win that game,” Stagnitta said.

While the Outlaws notched their seventh win of the season, the Machine snapped their six-game losing skid with their first victory of the year against the Rattlers. Joe Cummings led all scorers with five goals, and Connor Martin completed a hat trick.

Click here to read the rest of the preview on the Outlaws Lowdown Blog.