MLL Year In Review: 2014 Major League Lacrosse Champion Denver Outlaws


After nine straight years of making it to the post-season, the Denver Outlaws have finally clinched the Championship Title. The Outlaws, who were playing in their fifth MLL championship, are the only team to have made the playoffs in each year of existence. Led by veteran coach BJ O’Hara and unstoppable veteran John Grant Jr., both of whom had previously won a championship with the Rochester Rattlers, the squad was finally able to take the Steinfeld Trophy home to Denver. The Outlaws began the season on a regular season win streak that dated back to the 2012 season. The streak lasted 25 games until Denver fell in a 18-15 decision to the Charlotte Hounds on the road in Week 6. They would continue to flip flop between wins and losses for the rest of the season, suffering big injuries, including losing faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly towards the end of the regular season. However, led by a solid company of veterans, the Outlaws were able to find their rhythm just in the nick of time, beating the Lizards by one goal in the semifinals to lead them to Atlanta.  John Grant Jr. has long been one of the best players in lacrosse, and his skills became even harder to deny after his Coca Cola MVP performance during the Championship match. Junior started out the season slow, but came back with vengeance for the second half, becoming a major impact player for the Outlaws. What’s different about this Outlaws team is the range of players on their roster. They had multiple games where over 7 players scored, including the Chesapeake win when nine different Denver athletes found the back of the net. The offense wasn’t the only place their players shone through. Their depth is seen on all parts of the field, including in net when back-up goalie Charlie Cipriano won Defensive Player of the Week after stepping in for veteran net-minder, Jesse Schwartzman. It was the roster depth that made the difference at the end of the 2014 season. The Outlaws not only have a solid defensive unit and stellar attackers, but they had one of the deepest midfield rosters in the league.  Led by faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly, Denver sets the tone high for midfield play. Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider had especially impressive seasons for the Outlaws, Sieverts becoming the two-point weapon scoring seven in the regular season, more than any MLL team. The midfield was able to quickly move the ball through a variety of players’ sticks, making it easy for them to be a threat offensively no matter who made it down the field. After finally passing over the championship title hump, the Outlaws are likely to be equally as successful in 2015. John Grant Jr. has proven he is one of the best and most consistent players of all time, and it will be difficult to slow him down. Denver will also be able to use the younger players on their roster to continue to grow, and will likely see even more impressive performances by their midfielders. 2015 could be another title year for this tenacious and skilled cast of athletes.

After nine straight years of making it to the post-season, the Denver Outlaws have finally clinched the Championship Title. The Outlaws, who were playing in their fifth MLL championship, are the only team to have made the playoffs in each year of existence. Led by veteran coach BJ O’Hara and unstoppable veteran John Grant Jr., both of whom had previously won a championship with the Rochester Rattlers, the squad was finally able to take the Steinfeld Trophy home to Denver.
The Outlaws began the season on a regular season win streak that dated back to the 2012 season. The streak lasted 25 games until Denver fell in a 18-15 decision to the Charlotte Hounds on the road in Week 6. They would continue to flip flop between wins and losses for the rest of the season, suffering big injuries, including losing faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly towards the end of the regular season. However, led by a solid company of veterans, the Outlaws were able to find their rhythm just in the nick of time, beating the Lizards by one goal in the semifinals to lead them to Atlanta.
John Grant Jr. has long been one of the best players in lacrosse, and his skills became even harder to deny after his Coca Cola MVP performance during the Championship match. Junior started out the season slow, but came back with vengeance for the second half, becoming a major impact player for the Outlaws. What’s different about this Outlaws team is the range of players on their roster. They had multiple games where over 7 players scored, including the Chesapeake win when nine different Denver athletes found the back of the net. The offense wasn’t the only place their players shone through. Their depth is seen on all parts of the field, including in net when back-up goalie Charlie Cipriano won Defensive Player of the Week after stepping in for veteran net-minder, Jesse Schwartzman. It was the roster depth that made the difference at the end of the 2014 season.
The Outlaws not only have a solid defensive unit and stellar attackers, but they had one of the deepest midfield rosters in the league. Led by faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly, Denver sets the tone high for midfield play. Jeremy Sieverts and Drew Snider had especially impressive seasons for the Outlaws, Sieverts becoming the two-point weapon scoring seven in the regular season, more than any MLL team. The midfield was able to quickly move the ball through a variety of players’ sticks, making it easy for them to be a threat offensively no matter who made it down the field.
After finally passing over the championship title hump, the Outlaws are likely to be equally as successful in 2015. John Grant Jr. has proven he is one of the best and most consistent players of all time, and it will be difficult to slow him down. Denver will also be able to use the younger players on their roster to continue to grow, and will likely see even more impressive performances by their midfielders. 2015 could be another title year for this tenacious and skilled cast of athletes.

Lacrosse Magazine October 2014 Issue Released Featuring Denver Outlaws MLL Championship, Big Ten Conference And Fall Ball Preview


COVER STORY — At Last - Outlaws are Champs Arguably the model franchise for Major League Lacrosse, Denver had never taken a title despite its success. But a spark from John Grant Jr. helped the Outlaws over the hump in a thrilling finals comback win over a great Rochester team. by Theresa Smith Online Coverage - Denver Takes Crown in Dramatic Fashion | Grant Sparks Denver | Championship Photo Gallery | MLL Leaves Mark on Atlanta FEATURES #Lacrosse is Trending Social media has changed the way that teams coaches and players operate day-to-day. Who are the key players? And how can you maximize social media? by Corey McLaughlin  Fallball: 30 in 30 The arrival of fall renews hopes for a great spring. We'll be looking at 30 burning topics over the course of 30 days on LaxMagazine.com - follow along! by LaxMagazine.com Staff  B1G Time The Big Ten Conference brings deep pockets, deep-rooted rivalries, new matchups and the promise of more TV exposure to both men's and women's college lacrosse. by Megan Schneider  "ALS Just Sucks" Five years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, Georgia high school coach Mickey Beard still embraces the people drawn to his side. by Devon Heinen  Action Hero Jay Jalbert, the purveyer of the swim dodge and an electrifying talent of his era, heads into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame alongside seven other greats. by Mark Macyk  Goals Attained Erin Brown Millon joins husband Mark Millon as the only husband-and-wife tandem in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. How did she make her mark on the game? by Mark Macyk  COLUMNS From the Editor: Against Better Judgement His Space: Mitchell an LSM Trailblazer Her Space: Lacrosse Mind Games Boyle Point: Burn, Ballwatch and Batted Balls DEPARTMENTS Lifestyles  She used to make her mark on the fields for Boston University, but now her career has her working with the NFL - former Terrier Alex Mount talks about her work as a graphic designer in pro sports. Your Edge  Get power shooting jedi mind tricks from Syracuse star Kayla Treanor, while Matt Streibel shows how players can pick the right dodge to maximize their abilities. Give and Go  Entering his freshman year of college with one of the most famous names in the game and already a star after his MIAA career at Boys' Latin, we catch up with Shack Stanwick in this month's Q&A. The Scoop  The shot clock debate comes into focus while face-off specialists have to make more changes, Brodie Merril lands in Toronto with the Rock after the Wings head to New England and we look at how systems align with the U.S. Women's U-19 and Senior National Teams.

COVER STORY — At Last – Outlaws are Champs
Arguably the model franchise for Major League Lacrosse, Denver had never taken a title despite its success. But a spark from John Grant Jr. helped the Outlaws over the hump in a thrilling finals comback win over a great Rochester team.
by Theresa Smith
Online Coverage – Denver Takes Crown in Dramatic Fashion | Grant Sparks Denver | Championship Photo Gallery | MLL Leaves Mark on Atlanta
FEATURES
#Lacrosse is Trending
Social media has changed the way that teams coaches and players operate day-to-day. Who are the key players? And how can you maximize social media?
by Corey McLaughlin
Fallball: 30 in 30
The arrival of fall renews hopes for a great spring. We’ll be looking at 30 burning topics over the course of 30 days on LaxMagazine.com – follow along!
by LaxMagazine.com Staff
B1G Time
The Big Ten Conference brings deep pockets, deep-rooted rivalries, new matchups and the promise of more TV exposure to both men’s and women’s college lacrosse.
by Megan Schneider
“ALS Just Sucks”
Five years after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Georgia high school coach Mickey Beard still embraces the people drawn to his side.
by Devon Heinen
Action Hero
Jay Jalbert, the purveyer of the swim dodge and an electrifying talent of his era, heads into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame alongside seven other greats.
by Mark Macyk
Goals Attained
Erin Brown Millon joins husband Mark Millon as the only husband-and-wife tandem in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. How did she make her mark on the game?
by Mark Macyk
COLUMNS
From the Editor: Against Better Judgement
His Space: Mitchell an LSM Trailblazer
Her Space: Lacrosse Mind Games
Boyle Point: Burn, Ballwatch and Batted Balls
DEPARTMENTS
Lifestyles
She used to make her mark on the fields for Boston University, but now her career has her working with the NFL – former Terrier Alex Mount talks about her work as a graphic designer in pro sports.
Your Edge
Get power shooting jedi mind tricks from Syracuse star Kayla Treanor, while Matt Streibel shows how players can pick the right dodge to maximize their abilities.
Give and Go
Entering his freshman year of college with one of the most famous names in the game and already a star after his MIAA career at Boys’ Latin, we catch up with Shack Stanwick in this month’s Q&A.
The Scoop
The shot clock debate comes into focus while face-off specialists have to make more changes, Brodie Merril lands in Toronto with the Rock after the Wings head to New England and we look at how systems align with the U.S. Women’s U-19 and Senior National Teams.

New England Lacrosse Journal Sept-Oct 2014 Online Edition Released Featuring College Recruiting Commitments And Club Team Guide


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NCAA Releases “2013-14 Women’s Lacrosse Sponsorship, Participation, Scholarship, Tournament, Graduation Rate And Budget Report”


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College Lacrosse Recruiting: “5 Essential Steps For College Recruits” By Tom Kovic


5 Essential Steps for College Recruits

By Tom Kovic

If you’re an athlete being recruited by colleges, the process can be stressful and choosing the right school can be difficult. Not only do you have to like the school, but the school has to like you. It may sound simple, but finding the perfect situation can be elusive. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the stress and increase the ease of the recruiting process. Here are 5 essential recruiting steps to help you with your college search.

1. Determine Potential Fits

Everyone has an idea of his or her perfect college experience. Identifying what you’re looking for in a school should be one of your first steps. Self-awareness is a powerful tool, and determining what most appeals to you about the college experience is critically important. Meet with your family to list your criteria—e.g., academic strength, level of athleticism, geographic location, size of undergraduate population. This will help you create your initial college list.

Research a small but equal number of D-I, II and III colleges and their sports programs. Read about each team’s level of success and dig into a few player profiles to evaluate their level of skill and athleticism. Take into account the school’s conference and the strength of their schedule. Finding the right class of competition for your skill level will lead to a more fulfilling college experience.

2. Identify Your Position of Strength

Do you want to use your strength as an athlete to gain an athletic scholarship, or do you want to leverage your athletic ability to get accepted to an academically select institution?

Just over 25 percent of college athletes qualify for athletic scholarships, and the competition is fierce. College coaches use simple strategies when recruiting prospects, and scholarship athletes are typically immediate impact, blue-chip players.

Coaches from certain conferences or divisions (such as the Ivy League) use slightly different formulas for rating potential prospects. The evaluation begins in the classroom, not on the field. Those schools seek academic information (such as transcripts, high school profiles and standardized test scores) to help them compute a rough “admissions index.” Once prospects pass this hurdle, coaches aggressively begin their athletic evaluation.

RELATED: Increase Your Value as a College Recruit

3. Know the NCAA Rules and Procedures

Understand and embrace the NCAA’s recruiting rules. Visit the NCAA Resources page to preview the recruiting manuals for each division and devote time to the chapters on recruiting, eligibility and financial aid.

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Your high school athletic director can provide you with an easy-to-understand, scaled-down version of the NCAA rules. He or she should also have experience working with former high school athletes who went on to play in college, so feel free to lean on your AD as a resource for information and insight.

RELATED: 8 Ways NCAA Recruiting Rules Have Changed

4. See the Big Picture

Your athletic career is only one part of a broader collegiate experience. It’s important to look beyond athletics when assessing schools that can prepare you for your professional field of interest.

Some “non-athletic-scholarship schools” can, in many cases, still offer significant financial assistance. It’s important for you, your family and your high school advisors to clearly understand the role of the college coach in this process and make every effort to develop a sincere and strong working relationship with him or her.

5. Communicate

Once you identify the colleges you are interested in, make an effort to communicate with the right people as early as possible. College coaches have clear restrictions to when and where they may contact recruits and their families, but you and your family may call or email a coach early in the recruiting process, with very few exceptions.

Sending a letter of introduction accompanied by a profile is a great way to begin, but it’s important to follow up regularly with significant updates that have “grip,” such as competition results, statistics and academic updates. If you practice “proactive persistence” with respect, you can a grab a college coach’s attention.

Learn more about how to maximize your communication with college coaches.

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Denver Outlaws Top Rochester Rattlers 12-11 To Claim 2014 MLL Championship; 6-1 Fourth Quarter Run Earns Team First Title In Nine Seasons


The Denver Outlaws outscored the Rochester Rattlers 6-1 in the fourth quarter to win the franchise’s first MLL Championship. Drew Snider scored the game-winning goal with 56 seconds left in the game, to seal the 12-11 victory for the team and earn them the Steinfeld Trophy. It was Denver’s fifth MLL Championship appearance in nine years as a franchise. The Outlaws are the only MLL franchise to make the playoffs in each year of existence. John Grant Jr. was named the Coca Cola Championship Final MVP for his three-goal, four-point performance tonight. Chris Bocklet started the scoring, netting a goal 19 seconds into the first quarter—the quickest goal in MLL Championship history since 2005, the earliest year statistical information was available for. The Rattlers answered with five straight goals to close out the first quarter, and took a 5-1 lead into the second. Domenic Sebastiani ended the scoring drought for Denver, to cut the Rochester lead to 5-2 early in the second quarter. Denver capitalized on a man-up opportunity after Rochester’s John Lade was called for pushing, as Bocklet netted his second goal of the night. Junior continued the scoring for Denver, working the crease to sneak one by Rochester goalie John Galloway and cutting the Rochester lead to 6-4 heading into halftime. Faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly was 8-12 (.667) in the first half, playing despite injuring his Achilles and missing the last two games before playoffs. He finished the game 14-25 (.560) on faceoffs. Rochester scored two in the third to extend its lead to 8-4. Eric Law worked the crease, showing off some Junior-like moves, to net his first goal of the night and make it 8-5. Rochester answered with a goal of their own, but Sieverts found net to make it 9-6. Rochester added one more to end the third quarter and take a 10-6 lead into the final quarter of play. Junior netted two goals early in the fourth, including his signature behind-the-back move, to cut Rochester’s lead to 10-8. On the team’s next offensive possession, Junior dished it off to Law in front of the goal for the team’s third goal in a row, to make it 10-9—the narrowest Rochester lead since early in the first quarter.

The Denver Outlaws outscored the Rochester Rattlers 6-1 in the fourth quarter to win the franchise’s first MLL Championship. Drew Snider scored the game-winning goal with 56 seconds left in the game, to seal the 12-11 victory for the team and earn them the Steinfeld Trophy.
It was Denver’s fifth MLL Championship appearance in nine years as a franchise. The Outlaws are the only MLL franchise to make the playoffs in each year of existence.
John Grant Jr. was named the Coca Cola Championship Final MVP for his three-goal, four-point performance tonight.
Chris Bocklet started the scoring, netting a goal 19 seconds into the first quarter—the quickest goal in MLL Championship history since 2005, the earliest year statistical information was available for.
The Rattlers answered with five straight goals to close out the first quarter, and took a 5-1 lead into the second.
Domenic Sebastiani ended the scoring drought for Denver, to cut the Rochester lead to 5-2 early in the second quarter. Denver capitalized on a man-up opportunity after Rochester’s John Lade was called for pushing, as Bocklet netted his second goal of the night.
Junior continued the scoring for Denver, working the crease to sneak one by Rochester goalie John Galloway and cutting the Rochester lead to 6-4 heading into halftime.
Faceoff specialist Anthony Kelly was 8-12 (.667) in the first half, playing despite injuring his Achilles and missing the last two games before playoffs. He finished the game 14-25 (.560) on faceoffs.
Rochester scored two in the third to extend its lead to 8-4. Eric Law worked the crease, showing off some Junior-like moves, to net his first goal of the night and make it 8-5. Rochester answered with a goal of their own, but Sieverts found net to make it 9-6. Rochester added one more to end the third quarter and take a 10-6 lead into the final quarter of play.
Junior netted two goals early in the fourth, including his signature behind-the-back move, to cut Rochester’s lead to 10-8. On the team’s next offensive possession, Junior dished it off to Law in front of the goal for the team’s third goal in a row, to make it 10-9—the narrowest Rochester lead since early in the first quarter.

Denver Outlaws Face Rochester Rattlers In 2014 MLL Championship Game On Aug 23; Look To Win First Title In 9 Years In Rematch 2008 Final


The Outlaws and the Rattlers will face each other in the final competition of the season to see who will take home the Steinfeld Trophy at the 2014 MLL Championship. Last Time Out: In a back and forth game, the Outlaws managed to edge the New York Lizards out of the playoffs with a 14-13 win in the semifinals in Denver last weekend. The Ohio Machine was also ousted as the Rattlers made an incredible comeback to defeat the Machine 15-11 in Rochester. Three Storylines: Flash Back: Since both the Outlaws and the Rattlers have been around, the teams have met a total of ten times between the regular season and playoffs.  If you’re looking to their competitive history for a peak into the future, their record will only add to the anticipation. The teams are 5-5 in all competitions when it comes to victories playing each other. While the teams have an even overall record, fans who remember the championship game of 2008 know that Denver has some redeeming to do.  The last time the two teams saw each other in the final battle of the season, the Rattlers defeated Denver in a 16-6 blowout.  Will Denver fail again, or will the tables turn on Rochester? Break The Curse: It is no surprise that the Outlaws have found themselves in the playoffs this year. They have made it to the post season each of the nine years the team has been in the league. Despite four semi-final and four final game appearances, the Outlaws have never won a championship. Maybe this will be their year. The Magic Touch: Denver’s coach B.J. O’Hara has a chance to become the only MLL head coach to win championships with two separate teams. O’Hara won his first season title coaching the Rattlers when they defeated the Outlaws in 2008. If Denver can capture the Steinfeld Trophy this weekend, perhaps it is O’Hara who has the magic touch.

The Outlaws and the Rattlers will face each other in the final competition of the season to see who will take home the Steinfeld Trophy at the 2014 MLL Championship.
Last Time Out:
In a back and forth game, the Outlaws managed to edge the New York Lizards out of the playoffs with a 14-13 win in the semifinals in Denver last weekend. The Ohio Machine was also ousted as the Rattlers made an incredible comeback to defeat the Machine 15-11 in Rochester.
Three Storylines:
Flash Back: Since both the Outlaws and the Rattlers have been around, the teams have met a total of ten times between the regular season and playoffs. If you’re looking to their competitive history for a peak into the future, their record will only add to the anticipation. The teams are 5-5 in all competitions when it comes to victories playing each other. While the teams have an even overall record, fans who remember the championship game of 2008 know that Denver has some redeeming to do. The last time the two teams saw each other in the final battle of the season, the Rattlers defeated Denver in a 16-6 blowout. Will Denver fail again, or will the tables turn on Rochester?
Break The Curse: It is no surprise that the Outlaws have found themselves in the playoffs this year. They have made it to the post season each of the nine years the team has been in the league. Despite four semi-final and four final game appearances, the Outlaws have never won a championship. Maybe this will be their year.
The Magic Touch: Denver’s coach B.J. O’Hara has a chance to become the only MLL head coach to win championships with two separate teams. O’Hara won his first season title coaching the Rattlers when they defeated the Outlaws in 2008. If Denver can capture the Steinfeld Trophy this weekend, perhaps it is O’Hara who has the magic touch.