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Denver Tops Long Island

March 18, 2016


The Outlaws opened up the team's home schedule beating rival Long

Island 13-10 at INVESCO FIELD.


DENVER — The Denver Outlaws hosted the Long Island Lizards tonight in

their 2010 home opener, beating them 13-10 despite having Head Coach

Brian Reese suspended for his ejection in the Outlaws season opener

versus the Boston Cannons May 15, 2010. Denver took advantage of

under-experienced Lizards Goalie Andrew Adams, as Outlaws Midfielder

Max Seibald stole the show with a hat trick and three assists to win

the Bud Light Game MVP. Denver Attacker Matt Brown added three goals

of his own, while Lizards Midfielder Stephen Berger chipped in his own

hat trick.

“Obviously playing in front of a big crowd, our home opener, it’s

important to get a win, especially since we dropped to the Boston

Cannons last week,” Acting Head Coach Tom Slate said.  “We wanted to

go 1-1. You always start out wanting to play four quarters and we

probably played two or three, still not there. We got the ‘W’ and it’s

time to celebrate a little bit.”

Berger scored the opening goal of the Outlaws home opener 59 seconds

in the first quarter but the lead was eliminated as Seibald scored an

unassisted goal approximately three-and-a-half minutes later. Lizards

Attackers Tim Goettelman and Matt Danowski netted two quick goals,

which were followed shortly after by an unassisted goal from Lizards

Midfielder John Glynn to pull Long Island ahead 4-1.

The two teams renewed their rivalry with unsportsmanlike conduct

penalties on both sides at the 7:20 mark of the first, before Outlaws

Midfielder Casey Cittadino put a goal past the inexperienced Adams to

cut the Long Island lead in half, ending the first quarter with Denver

down 4-2.

“I’m kind of new to this rivalry because I wasn’t here last year,”

Slate said. “Whenever you play Long Island they’re tough guys. You

just don’t want to get caught in their game. Play our game and if they

get some penalties then you just bury them on man up and score.”

Attacker Drew Westervelt drew the ‘Laws within one with a power play

goal, scoring 42 seconds into the second quarter and Attacker Joey

Murray knotted the game up three minutes later off a goal assisted by

Westervelt. Seibald dished out his second assist of the half, as

Midfielder Brian Langtry nailed a two-point goal. An eight-and-a-half

minute possession battle ensued, before Berger scored back-to-back

goals to tie the game at six going into halftime.

Seibald secured a home-opening hat trick, starting the third quarter

with an unassisted goal almost three minutes into the quarter which

was followed by a goal from Attacker Brendan Mundorf. Lizards

Midfielder Anthony Muscarella stalled the Outlaws scoring run but

couldn’t stop it, as Denver rattled off four straight goals thanks to

Brown, Mundorf and Seibald.

The Lizards temporarily stopped the bleeding with a goal from

Midfielder Chris Fiore, just over nine minutes into the quarter, prior

to a rivalry-fueled scrum in front of the Long Island goal. Brown

scored his third goal of the game, his first hat trick of the season,

to put the Lizards in a 13-8 hole after three quarters.

Long Island kicked off the scoring five seconds into the fourth

quarter, with unassisted goals from Midfielder Greg Gurenlian and

Attacker Zach Greer to bring the Lizards within three. The Outlaws

defense held off the Lizards attack for the remaining duration of the

game, ending the game with a final score of 13-10.

With 11 saves, Schwartzman has started off the season with

back-to-back double digit save performances and matched Adams save

total of 11 in tonight’s game.

The Outlaws home-stand continues May 29 as Denver will host Canada’s

own Toronto Nationals at INVESCO Field. For more stats from the

Outlaws-Lizards game click here: