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The Denver Outlaws are a Major League Lacrosse professional men's field lacrosse team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. They began playing in the MLL in 2006 as an expansion team.

Denver Outlaws
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SportLacrosse
Founded2006
LeagueMLL
Based inDenver, Colorado
StadiumEmpower Field at Mile High
ColorsBlack, orange, silver
              
OwnerEstate of Pat Bowlen
Head coachTony Seaman
General managerJon Cohen
Championships3 (2014, 2016, 2018)
Websitedenveroutlaws.com

Since joining the league, the Outlaws have played in the championship game a league-record nine times. They have only missed the playoffs once in franchise history and have never had a losing season. The Outlaws regularly post the highest attendance in the league. The Outlaws won their first MLL Championship on August 23, 2014, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-11 and won their second MLL Championship in 2016, defeating the Ohio Machine 19-18. On August 18, 2018, the Outlaws won their third championship by defeating the Dallas Rattlers, 16-12.

Franchise historyEdit

The Outlaws had their inaugural game on May 20, 2006, versus the Chicago Machine at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It was played in front of a Major League Lacrosse record crowd of 13,167 (but was broken again later that year at another Denver home game which drew 15,981), where the Outlaws won 24-14.[1] The Outlaws won the Western Conference championship in their first season.

On June 16, 2007, the Rochester Rattlers won a game in overtime 27–26 over the Outlaws in the highest scoring game in MLL history at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Denver hosted the 2008 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in front of 10,124 people, with the Western Conference defeating the Eastern Conference 31–15.

Historically, the Outlaws have led the MLL in attendance since their inaugural season in 2006 and in the 2012 season, a total of 59,465 fans came out for Outlaws home games, an average of 8,495 fans per game.

The Outlaws won their first MLL Championship on August 23, 2014, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-11.

About the OutlawsEdit

Part of Major League Lacrosse's 2006 western expansion, the Denver Outlaws have posted winning records and reached the playoffs in each of the nine seasons that the team has been in existence. They are the only MLL team to accomplish such a feat, as the team's 60-26 record is top in the league since 2006.

The team is managed by Edge Sports & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver Broncos Football Club.

In 2012, behind the strong veteran play of MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf and Defensive Player of the Year Lee Zink, Denver capped their regular season with a 15-13 victory over Chesapeake to finish the year with an 11-3 record, which represented the most wins in team history for a single season. Additionally, Denver entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed for the second time in franchise history and first time since 2009.

During Championship Weekend in Boston, the Outlaws trailed 12–3 to Long Island with 11:32 to play in the third quarter. It appeared as if Denver's record-setting season had reached its end. Yet, that's when Denver set another record with a 10–0 run to end the game, catapulting the franchise into the Steinfeld Cup title game with a 13–12 victory over Long Island. Unfortunately, in the title game versus Chesapeake, the Outlaws were unable to muster that same kind of comeback magic and fell to the Bayhawks 16–6, falling one win short of their first MLL Championship.

In 2013 the Denver Outlaws became the first undefeated team in the regular season in MLL history after beating the Hamilton Nationals 18-12 to finish the season 14-0 but fell to the Charlotte Hounds in the semifinals.

2014 to Present: BreakthroughEdit

BJ O'Hara took over as head coach for the 2014 season. That year, the Outlaws posted a 9-5 record and won their first Steinfeld Cup as the second seed. They defeated the New York Lizards in the semifinals, 14-13, in the first ever home playoff game in Denver. On August 23, the Outlaws defeated the Rochester Rattlers 12-11 to win their first MLL Championship in the team's 9-year history.

In 2015, the Outlaws missed the postseason for the first time ever in franchise history after posting a 7-7 record (also their worst record in franchise history).

The 2016 season saw the Outlaws get out to their worst start in franchise history at 2-6. After trading John Grant Jr. to the Ohio Machine, they won their last six games of the regular season to be one of the seven teams in the league to finish 8-6. With the tiebreaker procedures, they ended up with the third seed and faced the Lizards in the semifinals. In Fairfield, Connecticut, the Outlaws defeated the Lizards, 20-17. The next week, they faced the top-seeded Machine, featuring John Grant Jr. Two weeks prior, Grant Jr. scored an MLL-record 10 goals in the final week of the regular season to secure a playoff spot for the Ohio Machine. In the championship game, the Outlaws fell behind the Machine, 9-3 in Atlanta. Lightning delayed the game for 97 minutes, and the Outlaws scored the next four goals to cut the deficit to 9-7. The Machine came back with five straight and Denver went into the locker room trailing 14-7, at halftime. The Outlaws roared back to tie the score at 15 by the start of the final quarter, before Eric Law scored a go-ahead goal with 12.9 seconds left. The Outlaws shutdown the Machine's last scoring threat and claimed their second Steinfeld Cup victory in three years.

The Outlaws returned to the big game in 2017, where they again faced the Machine. The Outlaws led for most of the game by as many as four goals when the score reached 10-6 with three minutes left in the third. However, after taking a 12-10 lead with 10:30 to go in the game, they gave up seven straight goals and lose their fifth championship game in their seventh appearance, 17-12, allowing the Machine to win their franchise's first title.[2]

Much like their 2016 championship season, the 2018 Outlaws struggled out of the gate. On Mother's Day, the Outlaws dropped a 24-22 barnburner to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in front of only 1,788 fans at Mile High.[3] But the resilient Outlaws rattled off six straight victories ending with a 25-11 blowout of Boston at their annual Fourth of July game in front of 29,973 fans. The team finished 8-6 and in third place.

Despite getting swept by the Bayhawks 2-0 in the regular season, the Outlaws would go to Annapolis and get a gutsy 13-12 victory in the league semifinals.[4] The following week in Charleston, South Carolina, the Outlaws would face the Dallas Rattlers, who also swept them in the regular season, for the 2018 Steinfeld Cup. Denver would use a 7-0 run in the second and third quarters, and a nine-point performance from Matt Kavanagh to defeat Dallas, 16-12 for their third championship in five years.[5] Rookie Chris Cloutier won Rookie of the Year for the 2018 season.[6]

Independence Day Games with FireworksEdit

Season Opponent Result Attendance
2006 Los Angeles Riptide W, 22-11 15,981
2007 Chicago Machine W, 22-14 19,793
2008 San Francisco Dragons W, 10-9 20,116
2009 Boston Cannons L, 17-16 21,952
2010 Chesapeake Bayhawks W, 12-10 23,443
2011 Boston Cannons L, 15-12 27,184
2012 Ohio Machine W, 17-12 30,128
2013 New York Lizards W, 16-7 31,019
2014 Boston Cannons L, 17-13 29,718
2015 Boston Cannons L, 22-9 31,664
2016 Florida Launch W, 14-10 28,772
2017 Atlanta Blaze W, 24-12 26,614
2018 Boston Cannons W, 25-11 29,973
2019 Chesapeake Bayhawks W, 14-13 26,210

General ManagersEdit

  • General Manager - Jon Cohen

Current Coaching StaffEdit

  • Head Coach - Tony Seaman
  • Offensive Coordinator - John Grant Jr.
  • Defensive Coordinator - Matt Bocklet
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Chris Spangler

All-Time Head CoachesEdit

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Jarred Testa 2006 12 10 2 .833 2 1 1 .500
2 Jim Beardsmore 2007 4 1 3 .250 - - - -
3 Brian Reese 20072011 56 38 18 .679 7 2 5 .286
4 Jim Stagnitta 20122013 28 25 3 .893 3 1 2 .333
5 B.J. O'Hara 20142018 70 41 29 .586 7 6 1 .857
6 Tony Seaman 2019- 15 9 6 .600 - - - -

RosterEdit

2019 Denver Outlaws
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
1 Sean Lawton   M 6 ft 4 in 225 lb Western New England
2 Kyle Pless   D 5 ft 10 in 178 lb Rutgers
4 Brian Begley   M 5 ft 10 in 185 lb Loyola
5 Brendan Kavanagh   M 5 ft 8 in 160 lb Hofstra
7 Zach Runberg   M 6 ft 1 in 190 lb Denver
9 Max Adler   FO 5 ft 10 in 180 lb Bentley
11 Max Tennant   M 5 ft 9 in 190 lb Ohio Wesleyan
12 Andrew Newbold   D 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Sacred Heart
13 Graham Bocklet   LSM 5 ft 11 in 160 lb Vermont
14 Tim Barber   M 5 ft 10 in 195 lb Syracuse
15 Collin Lett   D 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Lenoir–Rhyne
16 Kai Iwamoto   G 5 ft 8 in 164 lb UC-Irvine
17 Forrest Lambert   SSDM 6 ft 3 in 190 lb Metro State
18 Timmy Kelly   M 6 ft 0 in 195 lb North Carolina
22 Michael Rexrode   D 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Rutgers
23 Charlie Hayes   M 5 ft 11 in 180 lb Detroit
24 John Grant Jr.   A 6 ft 2 in 220 lb Delaware
25 Zach Currier   M 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Princeton
26 Zack Melillo   M/FO 5 ft 10 in 175 lb Marquette
27 Mike Hernandez   M 6 ft 3 in 216 lb Michigan
28 Matt Neufeldt   LSM 5 ft 11 in 170 lb Denver
34 Kohta Kurashima   A NA NA NA
36 Finn Sullivan   D 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Hofstra
37 Dillon Ward   G 6 ft 5 in 195 lb Bellarmine
40 Christian Knight   G 6 ft 1 in 195 lb Cornell
42 Brandon Jones   D 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Air Force
45 Ryan Lee   A 6 ft 2 in 200 lb RIT
49 Will Snider   M 6 ft 2 in 180 lb Maryland
51 Henry Schoonmaker   M 6 ft 1 in 200 lb Syracuse
57 Chris Aslanian   A 6 ft 3 in 190 lb Hobart
59 Mikie Schlosser   M 6 ft 2 in 180 lb Michigan
67 Kyle Killen   A 5 ft 10 in 180 lb RIT
68 Taylor Stuart   D 6 ft 0 in 185 lb Bellarmine
70 Sean Eccles   M 5 ft 11 in 195 lb Albany
77 Eli Gobrecht   D 6 ft 0 in 200 lb Ithaca
81 Matt Gilray   LSM 6 ft 4 in 205 lb Bucknell
88 Connor O'Hara   A 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Bucknell
92 Kinori Rosnow   M NA NA Oberlin
Daniel Bucaro   A 6 ft 2 in 195 lb Georgetown
Kyle Marr   A 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Johns Hopkins

MLL Award WinnersEdit