DENVER – The Denver Outlaws (4-0) topped the Rochester Rattlers (2-2) at Sports Authority Field Saturday night by a score of 14-8 to remain undefeated on the season.
The Outlaws don’t seem to know how to lose—the last time they did it was June 23, 2012. They do know how to share and they did a lot of it Saturday night—Denver’s first seven goals came from seven different players—as they cruised past the Rochester Rattlers, 14-8.
After allowing Rochester to get on the board first early in the first quarter, Denver closed out the quarter with four unanswered goals. Eric Law got things going for the Outlaws, netting an unassisted goal three minutes into the game to even the score at 1-1. Law assisted later in the quarter to set John Grant Jr. up for a goal. Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider also found twine to give Denver a 4-1 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Rattlers struck first again in the second quarter, but Denver’s Justin Pennington and Cameron Flint both scored on assists from Grant to send the Outlaws into the locker room up 6-2. Grant finished the game with five assists.
Terry Kimener became the seventh different Denver player to score when he netted an unassisted goal to kick off the third quarter. Snider scored his second goal of the quarter to give the Outlaws an 8-2 lead. Denver forced four Rochester turnovers in the third quarter to put the pressure on the Rattlers’ attack and limit it to just two goals in the frame.
Both team’s defenses were strong all night, but in the fourth quarter, the offenses took over. Rochester snuck two goals past Denver goalie Jesse Schwartzman early to cut the lead to 8-6, but Sieverts netted a two-point goal to widen the gap later in the quarter. The goal marked Sievert’s 96th point as an Outlaw to give him the sixth most points all-time amongst Denver players. Less than a minute later, Flint scored his second goal of the game. Rochester scored twice more in the quarter, but the Outlaws ran away with it, scoring the final three goals of the game, including Snider’s third of the night to give him a hat trick.
The win is Denver’s 24th straight regular-season victory—the longest streak in MLL history.
The Outlaws return to action at home against the Charlotte Hound on Friday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. MDT.
• The Outlaws have now won 24 straight regular-season games, a mark unmatched in MLL history. The second-longest win streak is seven games (Boston 2011-12; Denver 2006-07).
• Lee Zink played in his 100th career game as a Denver Outlaw, the most in team history.
• Jeremy Sieverts’ three-point performance gave him 96 career points as an Outlaw and moved him into sixth place for most career points in team history.
• Jesse Schwartzman, MLL’s all-time winningest goalie, earned his 62nd career win and had 14 saves on 22 shots against Rochester (.636 save percentage).
• Drew Snider notched his first hat trick of the season, scoring three goals on six shots on goal. Snider finished the 2013 season with six hat tricks, and was named MLL’s Most Improved Player of 2013.