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Denver Outlaws
Denver Outlaws logo.png
Founded 2006
Current season Current season
League MLL
Based in Denver, Colorado
Stadium Broncos Stadium at Mile High
ColorsBlack, orange, silver
Owner Pat Bowlen
Head coachTony Seaman
General managerJon Cohen

The Denver Outlaws are a Major League Lacrosse professional men's field lacrosse team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. They began playing in the MLL in 2006 as an expansion team.

Since joining the league, the Outlaws have played in the championship game six times. They have only missed the playoffs once in franchise history. The Outlaws regularly post the highest attendance in the league. The Outlaws won their first MLL Championship on August 23, 2014, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-11 and won their second MLL Championship in 2016, defeating the Ohio Machine 19-18. On August 18, 2018, the Outlaws won their third championship and defeating the Dallas Rattlers, 16-12.

Franchise history

The Outlaws had their inaugural game on May 20, 2006, versus the Chicago Machine at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It was played in front of a Major League Lacrosse record crowd of 13,167 (but was broken again later that year at another Denver home game which drew 15,981), where the Outlaws won 24-14. [1] The Outlaws won the Western Conference championship in their first season.

On June 16, 2007, the Rochester Rattlers won a game in overtime 27–26 over the Outlaws in the highest scoring game in MLL history at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Denver hosted the 2008 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game in front of 10,124 people, with the Western Conference defeating the Eastern Conference 31–15.

Historically, the Outlaws have led the MLL in attendance since their inaugural season in 2006 and in the 2012 season, a total of 59,465 fans came out for Outlaws home games, an average of 8,495 fans per game.

The Outlaws won their first MLL Championship on August 23, 2014, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 12-11.

About the Outlaws

Part of Major League Lacrosse's 2006 western expansion, the Denver Outlaws have posted winning records and reached the playoffs in each of the nine seasons that the team has been in existence. They are the only MLL team to accomplish such a feat, as the team's 60-26 record is top in the league since 2006.

The team is managed by Edge Sports & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver Broncos Football Club.

In 2012, behind the strong veteran play of MLL MVP Brendan Mundorf and Defensive Player of the Year Lee Zink, Denver capped their regular season with a 15-13 victory over Chesapeake to finish the year with an 11-3 record, which represented the most wins in team history for a single season. Additionally, Denver entered the postseason as the No. 1 seed for the second time in franchise history and first time since 2009.

During Championship Weekend in Boston, the Outlaws trailed 12–3 to Long Island with 11:32 to play in the third quarter. It appeared as if Denver's record-setting season had reached its end. Yet, that's when Denver set another record with a 10–0 run to end the game, catapulting the franchise into the Steinfeld Cup title game with a 13–12 victory over Long Island. Unfortunately, in the title game versus Chesapeake, the Outlaws were unable to muster that same kind of comeback magic and fell to the Bayhawks 16–6, falling one win short of their first MLL Championship.

In 2013 the Denver Outlaws became the first undefeated team in the regular season in MLL history after beating the Hamilton Nationals 18-12 to finish the season 14-0 but fell to the Charlotte Hounds in the semifinals.

2014 to Present: Breakthrough

BJ O'Hara took over as head coach for the 2014 season. That year, the Outlaws posted a 9-5 record and won their first Steinfeld Cup as the second seed. They defeated the New York Lizards in the semifinals, 14-13, in the first ever home playoff game in Denver. On August 23, the Outlaws defeated the Rochester Rattlers 12-11 to win their first MLL Championship in the team's 9-year history.

In 2015, the Outlaws missed the postseason for the first time ever in franchise history after posting a 7-7 record (also their worst record in franchise history).

The 2016 season saw the Outlaws get out to their worst start in franchise history at 2-6. After trading John Grant Jr. to the Ohio Machine, they won their last six games of the regular season to be one of the seven teams in the league to finish 8-6. With the tiebreaker procedures, they ended up with the third seed and faced the Lizards in the semifinals. In Fairfield, Connecticut, the Outlaws defeated the Lizards, 20-17. The next week, they faced the top-seeded Machine, featuring John Grant Jr. Two weeks prior, Grant Jr. scored an MLL-record 10 goals in the final week of the regular season to secure a playoff spot for the Ohio Machine. In the championship game, the Outlaws fell behind the Machine, 9-3 in Atlanta. Lightning delayed the game for 97 minutes, and the Outlaws scored the next four goals to cut the deficit to 9-7. The Machine came back with five straight and Denver went into the locker room trailing 14-7, at halftime. The Outlaws roared back to tie the score at 15 by the start of the final quarter, before Eric Law scored a go-ahead goal with 12.9 seconds left. The Outlaws shutdown the Machine's last scoring threat and claimed their second Steinfeld Cup victory in three years.

The Outlaws returned to the big game in 2017, where they again faced the Machine. The Outlaws led for most of the game by as many as four goals when the score reached 10-6 with three minutes left in the third. However, after taking a 12-10 lead with 10:30 to go in the game, they gave up seven straight goals and lose their fifth championship game in their seventh appearance, 17-12, allowing the Machine to win their franchise's first title. [2]

Much like their 2016 championship season, the 2018 Outlaws struggled out of the gate. On Mother's Day, the Outlaws dropped a 24-22 barnburner to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in front of only 1,788 fans at Mile High. [3] But the resilient Outlaws rattled off six straight victories ending with a 25-11 blowout of Boston at their annual Fourth of July game in front of 29,973 fans. The team finished 8-6 and in third place.

Despite getting swept by the Bayhawks 2-0 in the regular season, the Outlaws would go to Annapolis and get a gutsy 13-12 victory in the league semifinals. [4] The following week in Charleston, South Carolina, the Outlaws would face the Dallas Rattlers, who also swept them in the regular season, for the 2018 Steinfeld Cup. Denver would use a 7-0 run in the second and third quarters, and a nine-point performance from Matt Kavanagh to defeat Dallas, 16-12 for their third championship in five years. [5] Rookie Chris Cloutier won Rookie of the Year for the 2018 season. [6]

Independence Day Games with Fireworks

Season Opponent Result Attendance
2006 Los Angeles Riptide W, 22-11 15,981
2007 Chicago Machine W, 22-14 19,793
2008 San Francisco Dragons W, 10-9 20,116
2009 Boston Cannons L, 17-16 21,952
2010 Chesapeake Bayhawks W, 12-10 23,443
2011 Boston Cannons L, 15-12 27,184
2012 Ohio Machine W, 17-12 30,128
2013 New York Lizards W, 16-7 31,019
2014 Boston Cannons L, 17-13 29,718
2015 Boston Cannons L, 22-9 31,664
2016 Florida Launch W, 14-10 28,772
2017 Atlanta Blaze W, 24-12 26,614
2018 Boston Cannons W, 25-11 29,973

General Managers

  • General Manager - Jon Cohen

Current Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach - Tony Seaman
  • Offensive Coordinator - John Grant Jr.
  • Defensive Coordinator - Matt Bocklet
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach - Chris Spangler

All-Time Head Coaches

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Jarred Testa 2006 12 10 2 .833 2 1 1 .500
2 Jim Beardsmore 2007 4 1 3 .250 - - - -
3 Brian Reese 20072011 56 38 18 .679 7 2 5 .286
4 Jim Stagnitta 20122013 28 25 3 .893 3 1 2 .333
5 B.J. O'Hara 20142018 70 41 29 .586 7 6 1 .857
6 Tony Seaman 2019- - - - - - - - -


2018 Denver Outlaws
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Nick Tintle United States M 5 ft 10 in 190 lb North Carolina
0 Graham Bocklet United States LSM 5 ft 11 in 160 lb Vermont
3 Romar Dennis United States M 6 ft 5 in 205 lb Loyola
5 Josh Hawkins United States SSDM 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Loyola
7 Matt Bocklet United States D 5 ft 10 in 190 lb Johns Hopkins
8 Brent Adams United States M 6 ft 1 in 165 lb Fairfield
9 Max Adler Israel FO 5 ft 10 in 180 lb Bentley
11 Christian Burgdorf United States D 6 ft 3 in 225 lb Denver
15 Eric Law United States A 5 ft 10 in 170 lb Denver
16 Kaisuke Iwamoto Japan G 5 ft 8 in 164 lb UC-Irvine
17 Forrest Lambert United States SSDM 6 ft 3 in 190 lb Metro State
21 Matt Hanley United States G 5 ft 9 in 185 lb St. John's
23 Drew Snider United States M 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Maryland
25 Zach Currier Canada M 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Princeton
26 Zack Melillo United States M/FO 5 ft 10 in 175 lb Marquette
27 Mike Hernandez United States M 6 ft 3 in 216 lb Michigan
28 Ryan Muldoon United States A 5 ft 10 in 175 lb Brown
30 Toma Tamura Japan FO 5 ft 10 in 180 lb Hosei
32 Nick Ossello United States M 6 ft 1 in 220 lb Notre Dame
35 Chase Young United States M 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Michigan
36 Finn Sullivan United States D 6 ft 3 in 210 lb Hofstra
37 Dillon Ward Canada G 6 ft 5 in 195 lb Bellarmine
41 Connor Keating United States LSM 6 ft 3 in 205 lb Penn
45 Chris Cloutier Canada A 6 ft 1 in 230 lb North Carolina
50 Matt Kavanagh United States A 5 ft 8 in 170 lb Notre Dame
55 Wes Berg Canada A 6 ft 1 in 180 lb Denver
59 Mikie Schlosser United States M 6 ft 2 in 180 lb Michigan
66 Michael Simon United States D 6 ft 3 in 230 lb Stevenson
77 Eli Gobrecht United States D 6 ft 0 in 200 lb Ithaca
80 Kylor Bellistri United States A 6 ft 2 in 200 lb Brown
81 Matt Gilray Canada LSM 6 ft 4 in 205 lb Bucknell
88 Connor O'Hara United States A 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Bucknell
94 Jack Kelly United States G 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Brown
  • updated 2018-06-10

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