Outlaws Stave Off Long Island Comeback
by Josiah Kaan | Denver Outlaws
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Denver Outlaws improved their all-time record versus the Long Island Lizards to 7-0 with a 15-10 win over Long Island in front of over 3,000 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
Although Attacker Matt Brown won the Bud Light MVP for his five-goal, one-assist performance, attacker Brendan Mundorf made his presence felt with a seven-point, four-goal, three-assist outing.
Lizards Midfielder Chris Fiore had four goals, including one two-point goal, in a losing effort for Long Island.
“I thought we played a great three quarters and a good fourth,” head coach Brian Reese said. “We are still looking for a complete game but our 'D' was solid and our offense was efficient.”
Mundorf initiated the Denver scoring off a power-play goal a minute and 40 seconds into the first quarter, which Brown followed with a power-play goal about 35 seconds later. Brown struck again three minutes later, off an assist from attacker Drew Westervelt, before Lizards attacker Tim Goettelmann put Long Island on the board with an unassisted goal, bringing the score half-way through the quarter to 3-1.
“Mundy (Brendan Mundorf) and Brownie (Matt Brown) were great today,” Reese said. “When they are getting inside the 'D,' that means we are getting good quality shots. They both had great games tonight.”
The Lizards cut the lead to one goal, off a goal from Fiore, but the Outlaws defense shut down the Long Island attack for the remainder of the first, to end an entertaining first quarter with Denver up 3-2.
Westervelt kicked off the second-quarter scoring with a two-point, power-play goal from the top of the arc about two-and-a-half minutes into the quarter. After a seven-minute drought, Brown netted his second hat trick of the season, with an unassisted goal, before midfielder Max Seibald scored the Outlaws’ seventh goal with two minutes left in the half. Mundorf hit his second goal of the half, extending the lead to 8-2.
Lizards attacker Matt Danowski ended the Outlaws’ five-goal scoring barrage with a minute and a half left but neither team could net a goal during the remainder of the quarter, ending the half with Denver up 8-3.
Denver Goalie Adam Fullerton started in goal and played the first half, only allowing three goals while recording five saves in 30 minutes.
Brown made his presence felt again, assisting on defender Matt
Bocklet’s second goal of the season. The Lizards responded to
Bocklet’s goal, as Fiore bulled his way into a jump shot to
Island’s fourth goal of the game. Brown put the Outlaws into double digits, scoring Denver’s 10th goal of the game and matching the Lizards’ goal total, to that point, with his fourth goal of the game.
Mundorf netted his third goal of the game, as Seibald found the
slashing attacker for his third hat trick of the season. Midfielder
Alex Hopmann netted his first goal, before midfielder Casey
scored an unassisted goal, to extend the Denver lead to 13-4.
Danowski ended the Lizards scoring drought, getting a two-point goal past goalie Jesse Schwartzman to start the fourth quarter scoring.
Mundorf matched Brown’s goal total, netting a goal after rebounding his own shot, but Fiore scored two straight goals, one two-point, to bring the score to 14-9 midway through the final quarter of the game.
The Lizards’ comeback run continued as midfielder Mike Ward found his way to the goal to put Long Island in double digits on the scoreboard. Langtry dished a perfect pass to a cutting Brown in traffic, before Brown capitalized on the opportunity and scored his fifth goal of the game to give Denver a 15-10 cushion with three minutes left in the game.
The Lizards' offense could not find an answer for the Outlaws’ defense, as Denver forced a crucial shot clock violation with a minute left to keep Long Island off the board for the remainder of the game.
Denver improved to 3-1 with the 15-10 road win over Long Island, who fell to 0-4. Schwartzman was in goal during the second half, anchoring the solid Outlaws defense with five saves and five goals against in 30 minutes. The Outlaws’ road trip continues June 12, as they travel to Boston to try to avenge their week-one loss to the Cannons.
“That was our first road win and it was against a good team,” Reese explained. “With the next three games on the road, it’s good to go into the next week knowing we can win on the road.”
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