Schwartzman breaks own record as Outlaws cap perfect regular season

Schwartzman breaks own record as Outlaws cap perfect regular season
Jesse Schwartzman of the Denver Outlaws looks to control the rebound after making a save during Major League Lacrosse action against the Hamilton Nationals. (Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images)

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.

Championship Weekend
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