Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week 11 Highlights

Check out the highlights from the Week 11 win over the Florida Launch on Sunday, July 20th.

Faceoff Classic Winners

Last weekend, the Outlaws held the inaugural Outlaws Academy Faceoff Classic presented by US Bank. Thank you to all of the teams who participated and congrats to the tournament winners! \

U13 Winners- Stampede

U11 Winners- DoCoU11

U9 Winners- DoCo U9

Monday, July 21, 2014

Infographic 7/20 vs. Launch

Charlie Cipriano Named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week

DENVER —Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Denver Outlaws backup goalie Charlie Cipriano as Week 11’s Warrior Defensive Player of the Week on Monday in recognition of his performance in Denver’s win over the Florida Launch yesterday.

Cipriano came in early in the second quarter when the Launch led 7-5 to relieve starting goalie Jesse Schwartzman, who had played the previous night in the 2014 FIL World Championships.

Cipriano had 11 saves on 14 shots faced, allowing only three goals in 38:52 of play, for a career-high .786 save percentage. He was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his performance.

The backup goalie now has 35 saves and a .530 save percentage on the season in five games played.

Denver’s win over Florida ensures that the Outlaws will have their ninth winning season in as many years as a franchise. Denver’s 9-of-9 (1.000) winning seasons is tops in Major League Lacrosse for all franchises.

This marks the fourth time this season a Denver Outlaw has been named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. Earlier this season Schwartzman garnered the honor (Weeks 3 and 8), and defenseman Lee Zink also was recognized for his Week 7 play and given the honor.

The Denver Outlaws return to action Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the road at the Ohio Machine.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coach B.J. O'Hara Postgame Interview

Charlie Cipriano Postgame Interview


DENVER — The Denver Outlaws (8-3) scored six straight goals to close out their 13-10 comeback victory over the Florida Launch (4-7) Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. The win ensures that the Outlaws will have their ninth winning season in as many years as a franchise. Denver’s 9-of-9 (1.000) winning seasons is tops in Major League Lacrosse for all franchises.

The Launch led 10-6 before the Outlaws scored seven unanswered points to secure a win in their last home game of the season. Backup goalie Charlie Cipriano relieved starter Jesse Schwartzman early in the second quarter and finished the night with 11 saves on 14 shots on goal, for a career-high .786 save percentage.

Four Outlaws dressed for the game straight off of competition in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships—gold medalists John Grant Jr. and Cam Holding from Team Canada, and Lee Zink and Jesse Schwartzman from Team USA.

The Launch scored three goals, all from Kieran McArdle, to start the game 3-0, before Chris Bocklet scored off a Jeremy Sieverts assist to get the Outlaws on the board.

Rookie faceoff specialist Brent Hiken won the following faceoff and took it straight to the goal, for his first Major League Lacrosse goal. Grant Jr. and Holding added goals in the first quarter to tie it up at 4-4 heading into the second.

Florida took an 8-5 lead into the half and extended that lead to 10-6 in the third quarter before Denver’s seven unanswered points behind three goals from Grant Jr., a goal apiece from Chris Bocklet and Drew Snider, and a two-pointer from Sieverts.

Sieverts now has seven two-pointers on the season, which leads the MLL. Sieverts’ seven two-pointers are more than any MLL team, except for the Chesapeake Bayhawks (7).

The Denver Outlaws return to action next Saturday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. EDT on the road at the Ohio Machine.

Game Notes:
·        With the win, the Outlaws are guaranteed their ninth winning season in as many years as a team. Their 9-of-9 (1.00) winning seasons are a league best.
·        Charlie Cipriano had a career-high .786 save percentage (11-14).
·        Rookie faceoff specialist Brent Hiken scored his first career MLL goal.
·        John Grant Jr. has scored a goal in all nine games he’s played this season. He finished the night with four goals and two assists.

·        Sieverts scored his 20th career two-pointer as an Outlaw. Sieverts has more two-point goals this season (7) than every team except for the Chesapeake Bayhawks (7). 

Live Blog: Denver vs. Florida, July 20, 1:00 p.m. MT

The Outlaws will be live blogging this afternoon's game against the Florida Launch. The game starts at 1:00 p.m. MT and can be watched live on CBS Sports Network.

Today marks two years since the Aurora shooting, we will have a moment of silence in remembrance before the National Anthem.

1st quarter:

  • Jesse Schwartzman will start in goal for the Outlaws.
  • Launch score first, 1-0.
  • 2-0 Launch, two goals in a row for Kieran McArdle.
  • Hat trick for McArdle. 3-0 Launch.
  • Incredible goal by Chris Bocklet on an assist from Jeremy Sieverts. 3-1.
  • Rookie FOGO Brent Hiken wins the faceoffs and takes it straight to the goal for his first MLL goal. 3-2 Florida.
  • John Grant Jr. with his first goal of the night. All tied up at 3-3.
  • Big shot by Drew Snider, but a save by Florida's Brett Queener.
  • Launch regain the lead, 4-3, on a Steven Brooks goal with 3 minutes left.
  • Gold medalist Cam Holding with the Outlaws goal to tie it up at 4-4.
2nd quarter:
  • Incredible defensive play by Matt Bocklet, causes a turnover that's scooped up by Lee Zink.
  • Two-point goal for the Launch, scored by Brooks.
  • Another McArdle goal, 7-4 Florida.
  • Another goal for Cam Holding, his second of the day. 7-5 Launch.
  • Change in goal, Charlie Cipriano now in net for the Outlaws.
  • Two huge saves by Cipriano.
  • Florida goal by Cunningham, 8-5 Florida.
  • Halftime: Florida 8, Denver 5.
3rd quarter:
  • Drew Snider scores early in the third for the Outlaws. 8-6 Florida.
  • Power-play goal for Florida. 9-6.
  • Junior with his second goal of the night, cuts Florida lead to 10-7.
  • Back-to-back goals for Junior, and he has a hat trick for the game. 10-8 Florida.
  • Chris Bocklet GOAL. 10-9 Florida.
4th quarter
  • Two-point goal Jeremy Sieverts. That is 2-pointer No. 20 as an Outlaw for Sieverts. Denver has its first lead of the night 11-10.
  • Snider with his second of the night and that is five straight goals for Denver! 12-10 Outlaws. 
  • Junior with his FOURTH goal of the night. 13-10 with 2:30 left.
  • FINAL: Outlaws 13, Launch 10.

Denver Outlaws Quotes - 2014 FIL World Championships

Team Canada Assistant Coach John Grant Jr.

On winning the gold medal at 2014 FIL World Championships
“It’s unbelievable. This is obviously my first time on this side of it, coaching. I’ve never seen a team grow so much in such a short period of time. We literally got together like nine days ago, so to play that big of a game against a team that incredible—it’s pretty special. It’s going to go down as one of the bigger games of all time for our country.”

On beating Team USA
“The good thing about our opportunity this week was that we played them first and we played pretty badly, so we didn’t really show them much. So we had this whole tournament to kind of fine tune some things and find out what worked and what didn’t. We have an amazing coaching staff and scout team that watched them religiously to figure out what we needed to do to beat them. It was up to the boys to actually just go out and play and they played for 80 minutes. We had some stellar performances from a few guys and the other guys played well enough to win. It was quite special.”

On how this gold medal compares to the others he and his dad, John Grant Sr., have won
“It’s different. It still feels like this—I bawled my eyes out during the National Anthem, like it was too much to handle. I’m just so glad that we won because I don’t know what would have happened had we lost. I have learned so much from everyone here and it was hopefully the start of a new career.”

On the performance of his Team Canada and Denver Outlaws teammate Curtis Dickson
“He showed a lot of heart and a lot of grit. He got banged up at the end of the game and he wanted to play. He just was unable and he said, ‘I’d let the team down if I went back in.’ So that’s what this team is all about—they put team first before anything else. That’s why we’re champions.”

On showing that the Canadians can win outdoor lacrosse championships in addition to indoor ones
“We’ve won two of the last three, and honestly I thought we had a great chance to win in 2010. Every championship game since 1998 has been one or two goals, so we’re two evenly-matched teams. And who knows, we play this game again tomorrow and it goes the other way. We’re fortunate that we won tonight.”

On having his four-year-old daughter out there for the medal ceremony with him
“It was amazing. She was like, ‘Oh, do I get one of those medals?!’ She’s the reason I’m here and I’m able to be able to celebrate with these guys, so she deserves it more than I do. I was really happy to give it to her.”

Team Canada Defenseman Dillon Roy

On winning a gold medal in his hometown of Denver
“It’s unbelievable just to come together with a great group of guys and focus on one goal, being together 24/7. We really peaked at the right time and to do it at home, it’s unbelievable. It’s such a special feeling and I couldn’t have done it with a better group of guys.”

On the defensive mindset against Team USA
“I think we through in some wrenches that caught them off guard and tried to shut down some of their better players that were hot. We played team ball, that was the game of it. We possessed the ball on offense, we were winning faceoffs—we weren’t playing any other game and letting them go to their strengths. All of that together was the game plan. The coaches did a great job with that and we bought in and it resulted in a Championship.”

On sharing the gold medal win with six of his Denver Outlaws teammates
“It’s kind of like a team within a team. Not only that, it goes deeper. We have a bunch of [University of Denver] DU guys, so it’s a really special feeling to share it with Outlaws, DU guys, and great guys in general.”

On what it says about the city of Denver as a lacrosse city to have so much Denver representation in Worlds
“It’s a hot bed. We’re a force to be reckoned with. I think if you go down the rosters and look at where everyone is from on the US and Canada, you really see where the game is going. It’s evolving.”

On the impact of John Grant Jr. for Team Canada during the tournament
I think everyone just in general rallied behind him. It was unfortunate, we wanted him out here. But it was inspiring seeing how he conducted himself, he bought in and he’s a great coach. He’s been playing for so long, so it was really helpful having him on the sidelines and having all that knowledge and helping those younger guys. We have a lot of college guys and guys right out of college—just young guys in general. So I think he really did a good job mentoring them.”

Team Canada Attackman Curtis Dickson

On winning gold with Team Canada
“It’s unbelievable. This is the one of the best lacrosse goals of my life. This team was amazing today and today is just unbelievable (laughs).”

On having his friends and family supporting him throughout the tournament
“It’s unbelievable. They’re the ones that support me my whole life playing lacrosse. Just having them here to be a part of it is pretty special. Having them be able to see this and witness our team win a gold medal for our country is pretty amazing.”

On earning All-World honors for his play throughout the tournament
“It’s an honor. There were a lot of great players in this tournament. The biggest thing people saw tonight was how good we are as a team. Everyone out there is contributing and I was lucky to be a benefactor and put some balls in the net throughout the tournament. We came out and played a complete game tonight and won a gold medal as a result.”

On sharing this experience with six of his Denver Outlaws teammates
“It’s unbelievable. We got really close being able to play together for a few months before the tournament started and now we’ll be able to share this with each other for the rest of the season and seasons to come. So it’s really cool.”

On the versatility of Jeremy Noble for Team Canada

“That’s the type of player he is—he’s so versatile. He can play any position. He’s playing midfield, he’s playing (defensive midfield), he’s pushing the ball up, he can be a ball handler, he can be the quarterback back there on offense. He’s a big reason why we’re here with the gold medals right now.”

Saturday, July 19, 2014


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Seven Denver Outlaws won gold at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Curtis Dickson of Team Canada earned All-World honors on attack in recognition of his 18 goals and four assists throughout the tournament.

Dickson, Cam Flint, Zack Greer, Cam Holding, Jeremy Noble, Dillon Roy, and John Grant Jr. (coach) competed for the victorious Team Canada, while Jesse Schwartzman and Lee Zink competed for Team USA.

Schwartzman got the start in goal for the Americans, but the Canadians took control of the game early and never let up. The third quarter saw a lot of Outlaws action, with a Curtis Dickson goal and an Outlaw-to-Outlaw goal by Cam Holding on an assist by Jeremy Noble in the final seconds of the third quarter.

Cam Flint continued the Outlaws offense for Team Canada early in the fourth quarter when he added an assist, extending Canada’s lead to 8-2.

Team USA scored three fourth-quarter goals to close out the game, but it wasn’t enough and Canada earned an 8-5 win for the gold. Schwartzman finished the night with four saves for Team USA.

The Denver Outlaws tied with Rochester and Chesapeake for the most players (8) on rosters for 2014 Worlds. If you factor in John Grant Jr. coaching for Team Canada, the Outlaws led the MLL for most players involved in Worlds, with nine.

A record 38 nations competed in the FIL World Championships in Denver, and it is the first time the event has been held in the United States since 1998 when Baltimore hosted the international event.

The Denver Outlaws return to for their last home game of the season tomorrow against the Florida Launch on at 1:00 p.m. MDT.