Monday, June 10, 2013

Eric Law Earns Cascade Rookie of the Week Honors



DENVER Just hours after graduating with the rest of the University of Denver Class of 2013, Eric Law joined his new Denver Outlaws teammates for the first time and made his professional debut at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Law tied for a game-high with four goals and earned Player of the Game efforts after helping Denver improve to 6-0 and emerge as the only remaining unbeaten MLL team with the club’s 22-9 win over previously undefeated Hamilton.

After Hamilton scored a pair of goals in the final minute of the first half, Head Coach Jim Stagnitta inserted Law into the lineup to start the second half. Just 18 seconds into the third quarter, Law scored his first professional goal – a shorthanded tally that gave Denver an 11-5 lead. He scored four goals in the quarter, including one with just one second left on the clock.

Law is the ninth Outlaw to earn a Rookie of the Week honor and it marks the 12th such award that an Outlaws player has won in the team’s history. Denver’s last Rookie of the Week was Mar Matthews in Week 13 of the 2012 season. Denver’s rookies took home the award seven different weeks during the 2012 season.

Denver has four home games remaining for games against the Ohio Machine (June 22), Charlotte Hounds (June 29), New York Lizards (July 4) and Chesapeake Bayhawks (July 27). Tickets for those games are available on DenverOutlaws.com.

See below for quotes on Law’s performance:

Head Coach Jim Stagnitta
“We came out of halftime and were reeling a little bit. Again, we had made some mistakes before the half that let them back in the game. We started Eric in the second half, and he finished a couple in a row, gave us that separation again, and we were able to keep that lead. For a guy in his first game, he was terrific tonight.”

Eric Law
On graduating from DU and winning player of the game honors in his MLL debut all in the same day
“To start off, it’s just awesome to graduate from the University of Denver. It was so much fun being there with all my family, friends, and college teammates. Being with all those guys this morning and being able to transition tonight and these guys take me under their wing I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity that they give me. It was just so much fun.”
 On how he felt in his MLL debut
“It’s fun. I really enjoy the game. It’s really fast-paced, and I love the nonstop up-and-down. As an offensive player, I can’t help but love it.” 
On playing for his home team as a Centennial, Colo. native
“Unbelievable. Coming here to Mile High where the Broncos play—it’s my favorite team, and I was born a fan watching people here all the time—to be able to get the opportunity to play here from GM Tony Seaman and Coach is unbelievable and a lifelong dream come true for sure.”
On the significance of the Outlaws’ win against the Nationals
I think [this game] was important because it was the next one. Now we’re 6-0, and our next important game is Chesapeake, so we’re going to be focused on that for the next week, and hopefully we can build off this. I thought we played two great halves—our defense played great, and we had a great goalie in place—so hopefully we can build off this and keep it going.”
 

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