Denver vs. Hamilton Game Preview
By Stuart Zaas |
6/6/13 7:15 AM
Opponent: Hamilton Nationals (5-0)
When: Saturday, June 8, 6 p.m. MDT
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver
Promotions: The game will feature 80s night and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive Outlaws sunglasses. Following the contest, fans are invited to come down to the field to watch the movie, Honey I Shrunk the Kids on the stadium’s new HD scoreboard.
The team is holding a ticket special that includes two drinks (soft drinks or beer), two hot dogs and a pair
of tickets for just $29.
Matchup: The Outlaws and Nationals are the lone remaining undefeated team in Major League Lacrosse this season and after Saturday's matchup, one will move into first place all alone atop the league's standings.
At 5-0, Denver and Hamilton are two games in front of the third-place team, Chesapeake (3-2) and three games ahead of the next grouping of teams -- New York, Charlotte and Rochester that are each 2-3.
It is the first meeting of the season between the two teams, with the return matchup at Hamilton scheduled for the last game of the regular season -- Saturday, Aug. 10.
“I look forward to every game," Head Coach Jim Stagnitta said. "These guys are well?coached. The level of competition – I don’t care who we’re playing – is high. It is a big game because of where they are in the standings, but every game is huge for us.”
History: Denver is 8-3 all-time against the Nationals with a 4-0 record at home. During the regular season, the Outlaws have dominated the series with an 8-1 record, but Hamilton has won both playoff matchups.
The Outlaws swept the Nationals last year by a combined score of 36-18. Denver has won the last six regular-season meetings in a row.
The Outlaws tied their second-highest scoring output in team history in a 24-10 win against Boston
. Four players recorded hat tricks in the contest, led by Drew Snider's five goals. Snider, who earned Player of the Game honors also added an assist to finish with a career-best six points.
Jeremy Sieverts tied a career-high and a franchise record with a pair of two-pointers as part of his three goals on the night and added an assist to finish with six points as well. Snider and Justin Turri also buried two-pointers to give Denver four in the game, which matches a team single-game record.
“Two?pointers are unique," Sieverts said. "They’re a big momentum thing, and it was nice to have a couple fall for me.”