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Previewing Chesapeake Bayhawks-Denver Outlaws on Thursday

Denver Outlaws (8-4) @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-8)

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Video: CBS Sports Network/ESPN3/Universal Sports

Outlook: With a 10-7 loss to the Rochester Rattlers July 17, the Chesapeake Bayhawks — the two-time defending Major League Lacrosse champions — were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The loss, Chesapeake's eighth, also guaranteed the team its first losing season since 2009. The Bayhawks bounced back July 27 with their fourth win of the year, mounting a late comeback to defeat the New York Lizards (7-5) on the road, 12-11. Chesapeake trailed the Lizards 11-8 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Bayhawks outscored New York 4-0 in the final period, led by midfielder Joe Walters (Maryland), who had four points (two goals, two assists). Defensively, Chesapeake goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito posted a career-high 15 saves to be named the game's Most Valuable Player and Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. The Outlaws have lost three of their last four games but still sit in second place in the league standings. In the first meeting of the year between the two teams, Denver defeated Chesapeake, 9-6, in Colorado.

— Aaron Dodson

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