Outlaws Win Sixth Straight to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

DENVER - The Denver Outlaws (8-6) finished the regular season with their sixth straight victory, keeping pace in the postseason race with a 15-12 victory over the Charlotte Hounds (7-6) before a crowd of 6,741 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Outlaws will know their fate following games later this week.

Today's win gives the Outlaws the longest win streak of any Major League Lacrosse team this season.

Attackman Matt Kavanagh led the way with a career-best six points and four assists. Goalie Jack Kelly was named the Coca Cola Player of the Game for his performance.

Outlaws midfielder Drew Snider started the game with an unassisted goal in the first two minutes of regulation. Attackmen Mike Bocklet and Kavanagh, along with midfielders Wes Berg and Nick Osello contributed to the first frame scoring to give the Outlaws a 7-4 lead going into the second period of the game.

The Hounds started the second quarter with a 4-0 scoring streak until attackman Eric Law scored his first goal of the game on an assist from Kavanagh. Charlotte took a one-point lead (10-9), moving into halftime.

Midfielder Greg Downing opened the scoring in the second half with his first goal of the game 47 seconds into the third quarter. Mike Bocklet then completed a hat trick to give the Outlaws the 11-10 lead. With under a minute left in the third quarter, midfielder Jeremy Sieverts notched his first score of the day with a 2-point goal on an assist from Kavanagh, his fourth assist of the day.

Midfielder Bailey Tills began the scoring in the fourth quarter with his first goal of the day, fourth of the season, to put the Outlaws up 14-11. Soon after, Matt Bocklet scooped his 100th ground ball of the season, setting both a personal and team records for a season. The Outlaws went on to a 15-12 victory to complete their 2016 regular season.

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DENVER, CO (July 30, 2016) - The Charlotte Hounds on Saturday evening fell 15-12 to the Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The first half of action saw five ties and three lead changes. The Outlaws then outscored the Hounds 5-2 in the second half to seal their victory. It was the sixth-straight win for Denver and second-straight loss for the Hounds, who fell 12-11 to the Outlaws last Saturday.

Outlaws goalkeeper Jack Kelly was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game following a 17-save performance, while the Hounds were lead by Mike Chanenchuk with six goals.

Pierce Bassett got his first start of the season in net for the Hounds, as Charlie Cipriano sat out with injury. Denver opened the game with two quick strikes from Drew Snider and Matt Bocklet. The teams traded goals over the next 10 minutes before the Outlaws rattled off three straight from Nick Ossello, Mike Bocklet and Eric Law to close out the first quarter with a 7-4 advantage.

Chanenchuk started a four-goal run for the Hounds just 1:22 into the second quarter. He scored twice, as did Joe McCallion, to give Charlotte their first lead, 8-7, with 6:28 to play in the half. The Outlaws briefly regained the advantage with back-to-back goals from Law and Mike Bocklet, but Chanenchuk countered with two more of his own to put the Hounds in front 10-9 at the half.

The Outlaws came out of the break strong and controlled the third quarter. Kelly made a save on the Hounds first possession and the Outlaws quickly moved the ball down the field to set up Greg Downing with an equalizer. Mike Bocklet then scored his third of the night and Jeremy Sieverts hit a 2-pointer as the shot clocked expired to give the Outlaws a 13-10 advantage with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. Hounds rookie Ryan Brown finally stopped the run with his second of the night off a feed from Joey Sankey to pull back within two, 13-11. He had a chance to cut the lead to one but his shot rocketed off the pipe.

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