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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Denver Outlaw rookie Eric Law scored five goals against the Chesapeake Bayhawks to lead his team to victory.
Published on: Monday, June 17, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Last season the Chesapeake Bayhawks completely dismantled the Denver Outlaws 16-6 at Harvard Stadium to complete their season as MLL Champions. But, the tides have changed.
Denver overhauled its roster to field a more competitive team that could outlast Chesapeake’s potent offense. The Outlaws remain in first place after overpowering the Bayhawks 13-9 on Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
“We thought (Denver) was going to be a little leaner and quicker, and we were bigger and stronger. They beat us to some big ground balls on the wings,” Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said. “I thought both goalies were great, and we didn’t shoot it very well.”
Bayhawks goalkeeper Kip Turner was tested early and often throughout the contest. The Outlaws’ speed and voracious style of play kept the Bayhawks on their heels for the duration of the first half. Turner did not have much help on the back end, but he held his own with 19 saves.
Drew Westervelt had two assists and scored a goal, but the Bayhawks were down by five goals. Then Michael Kimmel, John Grant Jr. and Ben Rubeor scored three goals early in the second half.
Yet, Denver’s rookie sensation Eric Law was nearly unstoppable. Law has been on a scoring tear for his past two games and is one of the main reasons why the Outlaw sit atop the league with an undefeated record of 7-0. He scored 5 goals on 5 shot attempts, and he has scored 9 goals in his two games. Even though he has played only two games this season, Law has been a pivotal player in helping Denver restore league dominance.
Turner was impressed at how well the rookie understands the game with limited major league experience.
“Law is just great off the ball. He goes where the defense is not,” Turner said. “Hopefully, we can get the book on him after two games.”