Bayhawks Rally to Outgun Hounds; Denver Finishes Unbeaten

Rubeor opened the scoring in the fourth to start the comeback for the Bayhawks. After goals from Matt Mackrides and Grant Jr. to pull within 14-13, Michael Kimmel ripped a 2-point goal and the Bayhawks re-took a 15-14 lead. Rubeor tallied his fourth of the night with 3:10 to play to account for the 16-14 final.

With the win over the Hounds and a loss earlier in the day by the Hamilton Nationals, the Bayhawks (9-5) claimed the No. 2 overall seed for Championship Weekend. They still will face the Nationals (9-5), who ended up in the third spot. The Hounds' semifinal against the Outlaws will take place on Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 pm ET. The game will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Penn., and be televised live on ESPN2.

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HAMILTON, Ontario - It has been 413 days since the Outlaws lost a regular-season game.

The team won its 20th-consecutive regular-season contest by a score of 18-12 on Saturday at Hamilton to finish the season 14-0, becoming the first team in Major League Lacrosse history to go undefeated for an entire season.

Denver became just the fourth major North American professional sports team to finish a regular season without a loss, joining the 2007 New England Patriots (16-0) and 1972 Miami Dolphins (14-0) of the NFL as well as the 1948 Calgary Stampeders (14-0) of the CFL.

Along the way to their perfect season, the Outlaws etched their names on the league's single-season records list in several categories. The team's 226 goals ranked third in MLL history, while the 136 goals allowed ranked fifth in league annals.

Goalie Jesse Schwartzman broke a MLL GAA record that he'd set previously in 2009, lowering the mark from 9.87 to 9.67. His .597 save percentage set a new club record and ranked eighth in league history.

On the offensive end, Eric Law scored four goals, including a two-pointer, in Denver's win at Hamilton to push his season total to 24. His 24 goals is a new team rookie record and ties Paul Rabil for fourth-most by a rookie in league history.

Chris Bocklet also added four goals in the win to push his season total to a league-high 42. He added an assist to finish with 55 points for the season, which is tied for the league lead. Bocket's 42 goals set a new team record and his 55 points rank second in club history.

The Outlaws used a 9-0 run that included a pair of two-pointers to jump out to a 11-2 lead midway through the second quarter against the penalty-plagued Nationals.

Hamilton served a total of 14 penalty minutes in the game, allowing Denver to set a club single-game record with five extra-man goals in the contest.

Bocklet scored two of his goals on the man-up, setting a team single-season record with nine on the year, which leads the league in that category.

The Nationals closed the gap with back-to-back goals to end the first half from Joe Walters and Kevin Crowley, who finished with six points on the night to tie Bocklet atop the league chart with 55 on the season.

Denver scored three of the first four goals of the second half to open their largest lead of the game at 14-5 with 9:09 to play in the third quarter.

Hamilton went on a run of its own to get back in the game, Outscoring the Outlaws 4-0 over a span of 10:25 at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth.

Eric Law ended that streak with a goal at the 4:01 mark of the fourth quarter and Bocklet added his third tally of the game just 42 seconds later to end any doubts that the Outlaws would complete their historic regular-season.

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