Outlaws Hold off Hounds, Stay Unbeaten; Lizards Edge Cannons

DENVER The Charlotte Hounds came into Denver looking to hand the Outlaws their first loss of the season-the Bocklet brothers had different plans. Down 12-11 in the fourth quarter, Matt Bocklet wound up, shot and scored to tie the game. Just 50 seconds later, his younger brother Chris found twine to give the Outlaws the lead, as they went on to win, 13-11, Friday night at Sports Authority Field.

Charlotte got on the board first with a goal from John Haus, but Denver scored the next five goals en route to a six-point first quarter.

With just more than two minutes left in the first, John Grant Jr. cradled the ball by Charlotte's net, hesitated, then fired-behind his back without looking-to give him his second goal of the night and the Outlaws a 5-1 lead. Eric Law also scored a pair of goals in the first quarter to give Denver a 6-2 advantage heading into the second quarter.

The Hounds found the net four times in the second frame, but late goals from Grant and Law gave each player a hat trick before half time, and sent Charlotte to the locker room trailing, 9-6.

Cameron Flint was ready to get back on the field after the break. He netted a goal less than a minute into the second half, but then the Outlaws went dry for the rest of the quarter. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of two-point goals to give them an 11-10 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the game. Then, the Bocklet brothers stepped in to tie the game, and eventually take the lead. Grant scored again late in the quarter for good measure-his fourth goal of the game.

Aside from marking the Outlaw's 25th straight regular-season victory, some individual players marked special occasions, too. Matt Bocklet picked up his 300th groundball in an Outlaws jersey and Anthony Kelly won his 1300th career faceoff.

Fresh out of college, Colin Dunster and Jeremy Noble made their MLL debuts. Dunster took his first career shot on goal, and Noble picked up his first two MLL points on a pair of assists, the first of which came on a first-quarter dish to his former University of Denver teammate, Eric Law.

The Outlaws return to action at home against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. MDT.

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A late-game comeback from the Charlotte Hounds fell just short on Friday night, as the Denver Outlaws came away with a 13-11 victory to remain undefeated on the 2014 season. The Hounds drop to 1-4. The game was played in front of 7,118 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The Outlaws' John Grant Jr. was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his five point performance (4g, 1a), while the Hounds were led by rookie Justin Ward, who tallied four points (1g, 3a) in his MLL debut.

The Hounds opened the scoring, as Ward dished to John Haus who was able to dump it past Jesse Schwartzman for a 1-0 lead just 2:34 into the game. But the Outlaws two minutes later forced a turnover and Michael Simon buried a shot to tie the game. It marked the start of a five-goal run for the Outlaws which featured two goals from Grant Jr. to build a 5-1 advantage after 12:45 of play. Mike Sawyer finally stopped the bleeding, missing his first shot but picking up the rebound to score his first of the night with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. But with five seconds to go, Eric Law buried his second of the game to close the quarter with the Outlaws up 6-2.

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