By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun
8:28 PM EDT, August 11, 2013
No matter how the Denver Outlaws fare in the playoffs later this month, there's no arguing that they just wrapped up a regular season unmatched in Major League Lacrosse history.
With an 18-12 win over the host Hamilton Nationals on Saturday, the Outlaws (14-0) capped the first undefeated season in the league's 13 years.
The day also was historic for goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville, Johns Hopkins), who broke a league goals-against average record that he’d set in 2009, lowering the mark from 9.87 to 9.67. His .597 save percentage set a new club record and ranked eighth in league history.
Schwartzman made 16 saves for the Outlaws, who are the top seed in the playoffs; they will play the fourth-seeded Charlotte Hounds at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at PPL Park in Chester Pa.
The team’s 226 goals rank third in MLL history, while the 136 goals allowed are fifth-fewest all-time.
Drew Snider (Maryland) scored two goals and added three assists for Denver, and rookie Eric Law, a former University of Denver star who transferred from Salisbury, finished with a game-high seven points on four goals, including a 2-pointer, and two assists.
Law tied Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins)for fourth-most goals by a rookie in league history (24) while setting a team record for a first-year player.
Denver's Jeremy Sieverts (McDonogh, Maryland) scored a 2-point goal with just under five minutes to go in the first-quarter, beginning a 9-0 run that broke open a 2-2 tie.
The Outlaws have won 20 consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season.
Joe Walters (Maryland) had two goals and two assists, and Mike Poppleton (Johns Hopkins) won 24 of 31 draws for the Nationals (9-5), who will play the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 4 p.m. Aug 24.
PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
Semifinals, Aug. 24
1 p.m.: No. 1 Outlaws vs. No. 4 Hounds, ESPN2
4 p.m.: No. 2 Bayhawks vs. No. 3 Nationals, CBS Sports Network
Final, Aug. 25
3 p.m.: Semifinal winners, ESPN2
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