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Denver Rallies Past Machine, 15-11

March 18, 2016
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DENVER, Colo. Midfielder Brian Langtry scored a season-high four goals and added two assists as the Denver Outlaws (7-3) overcame a three-point deficit to earn their third straight win, a 15-11 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Chicago Machine (4-6) in front of 7,982 fans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Outlaws clinched a berth into MLL Championship Weekend, which takes place on August 21 and 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, the Machine dropped its third straight game.   

“We’ve gotten out to good starts this season and played well for the first half or three quarters and can’t seem to close it out,” Chicago Coach B.J. O’Hara said. “It seems to be a recurring theme for us this season and something we need to fix if we want to make the playoffs.”

Less than a minute into the first quarter, the Machine took a 1-0 lead when attackman Brendan Cannon scored his third goal of the season past goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman. However, the Outlaws quickly answered when rookie attackman Connor Martin scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1-1.

But, the Machine responded by scoring three of the next four goals to take a 4-2 advantage with 1:12 remaining in the first quarter. Midfielder Jordan Levine scored a goal with an assist during the spurt for the Machine.

Midfielder Alex Hopmann cut the Denver margin to 4-3 less than two minutes into the second quarter by converting a feed from Martin. However, the Machine answered with three consecutive goals, upping its lead to 7-3 with 3:04 remaining in the first half.

Hopmann ended the Machine run by scoring his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker with 13 seconds remaining in the first half.

The teams traded goals twice to open the third quarter before midfielder Bill McGlone tallied his second goal of the game to give Chicago a 10-6 advantage with 6:40 remaining in the stanza.

With one second remaining in the third period, Martin scored his second goal of the game past goalkeeper Mike Gabel to narrow the gap to 10-7.

Led by a pair of goals and an assist from Langtry and a two-point goal by rookie midfielder Sean DeLaney, the Outlaws tallied eight straight points over a 13-minute span to take a commanding 15-10 advantage with 1:52 remaining.

With 41 seconds remaining, McGlone ended the Denver run by scoring an unassisted goal to close the gap to 15-11. But, the Outlaws won the ensuing face-off and ran out the clock to earn the victory.    

While Langtry led the Outlaws with a six-point performance, Martin tallied the first “hat trick” of his brief professional career by scoring three goals. Hardy contributed two goals and two assists in the victory for Denver, which outshot Chicago by a 43-41 margin.

McGlone led Chicago in a losing effort with his third “hat trick” of the season by scoring three goals.

The Machine will travel to Annapolis next Saturday for a 7 p.m. match-up against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Meanwhile, the Outlaws will host the Boston Cannons at INVESCO Field at Mile High next Saturday night.

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws 15, Chicago Machine 11
Chicago (4-6)  4-3-3-1 / 11
Denver (7-3)  2-2-3-8 / 15

One-Point Goals: CHI – Bill McGlone 3, Chris Rotelli 2, Jordan Levine 1, Josh Sims 1, Brendan Cannon 1, Martin Cahill 1, Brett Garber 1, Doug Shanahan 1; DEN – Brian Langtry 4, Connor Martin 3, Alex Hopmann 2, Dan Hardy 2, Steve Giannone 1, Andrew Hennessey 1. Two-Point Goals: CHI – n/a; DEN – Sean DeLaney 1. Assists: CHI – Jordan Levine 1, Josh Sims 1, Doug Shanahan 1, Bill McGlone 1; DEN – Brian Langtry 2, Dan Hardy 2, Steve Giannone 1, Sean DeLaney 1, Connor Martin 1. Saves: CHI – Mike Gabel 13 (60:00, 14 goals allowed); DEN – Jesse Schwartzman 11 (60:00, 11 goals allowed). Shots: CHI – 41; DEN – 43. Power-Play Opportunities: CHI – 2 for 4; DEN – 1 for 3. Attendance: 7,982.  

Post-Game Notes: Saturday’s game marked the 13th all-time meeting between the two teams … Denver now leads the all-time series by a 9-4 margin … The home team has now won 9 of 13 games in the series between Denver and Chicago … Denver is now 6-1 all-time at home against Chicago … Chicago was without five players due to their commitments in the FIL World Championships – Mike Leveille, Kevin Leveille, Matt Striebel, D.J. Driscoll and Ned Crotty … Denver also had five players out of the lineup due to playing for Team USA – Brendan Mundorf, Adam Fullerton, Drew Westervelt, Max Seibald and Eric Martin … The Machine has led at half-time in each of its last three games … The Machine has scored the game’s first goal in each of its last six games, dating back to June 12 against Long Island … Saturday night marked the sixth time in ten games this season that Chicago has led at half-time … Gabel made his first appearance in goal for the Machine since May 30 against the Chesapeake Bayhawks … Cannon scored his first goal since June 5 at Toronto … Cahill scored his first professional goal against the Outlaws on Saturday night … Sims has tallied at least two points in all seven games he has played in this year … He also has at least one goal in all seven games … Rookie midfielder Andrew Hennessey scored his first career goal in the win over Chicago on Saturday night … Langtry recorded his first “hat trick” since July 4, 2009 against the Boston Cannons … He now has seven goals in his last three games after being held to just two goals in the first seven games of the season … DeLaney tallied the first two-point goal of his brief professional career in the win on Saturday night … The Machine’s game with Denver on August 7 has been moved to a 1 p.m. MST face-off … It had been slated for a 7 p.m. MST face-off … In addition to Denver clinching a playoff berth on Saturday night, the Cannons also secured a spot in the postseason with an 18-10 victory over Toronto on Saturday night … However, the Machine holds the fourth spot in the MLL standings despite the loss on Saturday night by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker against Chesapeake.