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March 18, 2016
DENVER — Goalie Jesse Schwartzman earned the Week 4 MLL Defensive Player of the Week, and attackman Billy Bitter received Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday.

Schwartzman saved 18-of-27 (.667) shots fired by the Lizards in Denver’s 11-10 win at Long Island on Saturday, while also adding three ground balls. He leads the MLL in goals against average (8.96), save percentage (.642) and is tied for the league lead in saves (43).

“We’re seeing Jesse on the top of his game,” said Head Coach Tom Slate. “He’s seeing the ball real well, he’s orchestrating the defense real well and he’s having a great year so far.”

The weekly award is the fifth of Schwartzman’s career and second of the season. His five career MLL Weekly Awards are the most by a player in franchise history. Schwartzman also won MLL Defensive Player of the Week last week, marking the second time in team history a player has received a weekly award for consecutive weeks ( Brendan Mundorf won Offensive Player of the Week for the final week of 2010 and first week of 2011).

In just his second career game out of North Carolina, Bitter registered a hat trick and earned Bud Light MVP honors. He keyed the Outlaws’ fourth-quarter comeback with two goals just 70 seconds apart that cut a 9-6 deficit to 9-8. Bitter’s three goals were tops among league rookies in Week 4 and tied for second most among all players. He also contributed five ground balls which were the most of any rookie and tied for sixth among all players during Week 4 games. Bitter is the just the sixth rookie in team history to record a hat trick by his second career game.    

“Billy goes hard to the goal and he’s fearless when he goes to the net,” Slate said. “It’s our job to put him in places to succeed. I think (Assistant Coach) Alex (Smith) did a great job of that on Friday night. He just needs a little bit of space and he can beat his guy.”

The Outlaws (3-0) return home Saturday, June 11 to face the Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-1) at 7 p.m. MDT. Tickets are available for as low as $10 and may be purchased online at www.DenverOutlaws.comor over the phone by calling 303-OUTLAWS.