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Denver Outlaws
Denver Outlaws
Denver Outlaws logo.png
League MLL
Founded 2006
Stadium Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Based in Denver, Colorado
Colors Black, orange, silver
              
Owner Pat Bowlen
General manager Tony Seaman
Head coach B.J. O'Hara
Steinfeld Cups 2 (2014, 2016)
Website denveroutlaws.com

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.

Since joining the league, the Outlaws have been one of its more successful teams, having appeared in the championship game six times, though they have lost in four of those appearances. The Outlaws have only missed the playoffs once in franchise history. 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. The Outlaws won their second MLL Championship in 2016, defeating the Ohio Machine 19-18.

Franchise history

The Outlaws had their inaugural game on May 20, 2006, versus the Chicago Machine at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game was played in front of a Major League Lacrosse record crowd of 13,167 (the record 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.

During the 2012 season, a total of 59,465 fans came out for Outlaws home games, an average of 8,495 fans per game.

Historically, the Outlaws have led the MLL in attendance since their inaugural season in 2006.

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

About the Outlaws

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. However, they fell to the Charlotte Hounds in the semifinals. It was the first playoff victory in their first appearance for the Hounds.

2014 to Present: Breakthrough

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, the Outlaws 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, the Outlaws ended up with the third seed and faced the Lizards in the semifinals. At a neutral site 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. This time, 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, the Outlaws would give 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]

Independence Day Games with Fireworks

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

General Managers

  • Tony Seaman - General Manager
  • Jon Cohen - Assistant General Manager

Current Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach - B.J. O'Hara
  • Assistant Coaches - Tony Seaman and Jon Cohen
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Chris Spangler

All-Time Head Coaches

# 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 5 - - -
3 Brian Reese 2007-2011 44 30 14 .682 7 2 5 .286
4 Jim Stagnitta 2012-2013 28 25 3 .893 3 1 2 .333
5 B.J. O'Hara 2014- 56 33 23 .589 6 5 1 .833

Roster

2017 Denver Outlaws
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Nick Tintle United States M 5 ft 10 in 190 lb North Carolina
3 Romar Dennis United States M 6 ft 5 in 205 lb Loyola
4 Chris O'Dougherty United States D 6 ft 1 in 200 lb Rutgers
5 Gavin McBride United States A 5 ft 10 in 180 lb Princeton
7 Matt Bocklet United States D 5 ft 10 in 190 lb Johns Hopkins
8 Gregory Downing United States M 6 ft 1 in 185 lb Fairfield
10 Chris Bocklet United States A 6 ft 0 in 182 lb Virginia
12 Noah Molnar Israel M 6 ft 2 in 215 lb Lehigh
14 Ryan Ambler United States A 6 ft 1 in 180 lb Princeton
15 Eric Law United States A 5 ft 10 in 170 lb Denver
17 Mike Bocklet United States A 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Fairfield
20 Jeremy Sieverts United States M 6 ft 3 in 205 lb Maryland
21 Brian Von Bargen United States M 6 ft 2 in 191 lb Hofstra
22 Tom Kelly United States FO 6 ft 0 in 185 lb Virginia
23 Drew Snider United States M 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Maryland
25 Zach Currier Canada M 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Princeton
27 Mike Hernandez United States M 6 ft 3 in 216 lb Michigan
31 Jamie Ikeda United States D 6 ft 3 in 185 lb Duke
32 Nick Ossello United States M 6 ft 1 in 220 lb Notre Dame
33 B.J. Grill United States D 5 ft 5 in 150 lb Marquette
34 Patrick Laconi United States M 6 ft 0 in 200 lb Loyola
36 Finn Sullivan United States D 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Hofstra
40 Mike Nugent United States G 6 ft 3 in 235 lb Mercer
41 Edwin Glazener United States D 6 ft 4 in 215 lb Notre Dame
42 Larken Kemp United States LSM 6 ft 1 in 175 lb Brown
50 Matt Kavanagh United States A 5 ft 8 in 170 lb Notre Dame
55 Wesley Berg Canada A 6 ft 1 in 180 lb Denver
66 Michael Simon United States D 6 ft 3 in 230 lb Stevenson
88 Brent Adams United States M 6 ft 1 in 165 lb Fairfield
94 Jack Kelly United States G 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Brown
  • updated 2017-06-29

MLL Award Winners


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