June 26, 2009

Unknown Outlaw: Denver's Mundorf Does It All

by Eboni Preston | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

UPDATE: Mundorf Scores Five; Outlaws Roll Nats Again

Outlaws attackman Brendan Mundorf leads the MLL with 19 goals and has Denver -- eying its first title after playing in the championship game two of the last three years -- sitting atop the league at 5-1.

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To say Brendan Mundorf has gone under the radar would be an understatement. The two-time All-Star currently leads Major League Lacrosse with 19 goals and is tied for the lead league with 24 points, yet his name is seldom associated with endorsements or magazine covers. In a league that celebrates high-profile players, like teammate Kyle Harrison, Mundorf has become the quiet storm for the Denver Outlaws.

Mundorf has been the relentless force for a Denver offense that prides itself on precise passing and the ability to score at will.

"Brendan is great for us because he just outworks people," said Outlaws head coach and general manager Brian Reese. "I'm sure he has a bit of chip on his shoulder. He's not mentioned as much for MVP or All-Pro teams, but that drives him to get better, and no matter what, he competes at a high level every game."

The Outlaws have been a direct beneficiary of Mundorf's hard work. The team is riding a five-game winning streak and sits atop the league with a 5-1 record entering Saturday's game at Toronto. Mundorf had three goals as Denver hammered Toronto 15-8 last weekend to take over sole possession of first place in the MLL.

Much of Denver's success has come at the hands -- or stick -- of Mundorf and his ability to create on the offensive end.

"For four years here, my job hasn't changed," said Mundorf. "The team hasn't changed much, so that makes our jobs easier. My role is to finish at the end of the play and control the tempo of the offense. Our team works well because everyone has a job to do."

Mundorf's job, however, extends further than his play with the Outlaws. Recently the Baltimore native was selected to the 40-man roster for the 2010 U.S. Men's training team. Mundorf is hoping to be one of the final 23 players picked to represent the United States in Manchester, England.  

That would be a first for Mundorf, as he hopes to compete for the U.S. next year -- instead of against it.

Mundorf tried out for the 2006 team, but did not make the. Instead, he followed up his senior year at UMBC by playing for the Australian national team in the world championship. Australia went 2-3, including losses to the U.S. and the eventual world champion, Canada. Despite the losses, Mundorf said he enjoyed the experience.

"After my senior year when I didn't make the team, I didn't know how much longer my lacrosse career would last," said Mundorf.  "I didn't want to pass up the opportunity and regret it later. I know now that I made the right decision, because playing with that team was all around a great opportunity."

Mundorf and the Outlaws are aiming for their first MLL championship after reaching the league championship game two of the last three seasons.

"Brendan has the ability to fit into any system, and that is why he is a great player," said Reese.  "He's a solid finisher and he also has the ability to look for the pass.  He's not one-dimensional, and that's what makes him a coach's dream player. He does everything."


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