OUTLAWS OUTGUN NATIONALS
6/18/11 7:00 PM
Nationals' Jamieson scores first MLL hat trick
(Hamilton, June 18)... Denver Outlaws attackman Brendan Mundorf proved his last performance against the Hamilton Nationals was just a prelude of things to come, as he scored four times and added four assists in a 15-7 win over the Nats tonight.
“It starts with (Mundorf), but it doesn’t necessary matter who takes it,” said Denver’s Head Coach Tom Slate about his offense at halftime on the ESPN3.com broadcast. “We have capable guys all around."
Denver spread the wealth offensively as the Outlaws had eight different goal scorers. Drew Westervelt struck for five points (2+3) and Billy Bitter scored three times and added one assist. In goal, Jesse Schwartzman made nine saves to become only the fifth player in MLL history to win 30 games.
The Nats were powered by Cody Jamieson’s first career MLL hat trick and Joe Walters’ three-point night (1+2). Joe Marra made nine stops, while Brett Queener saw his first minutes of the season, making four saves in the second.
Hamilton dropped to 0-2 against the Outlaws this season and 1-6 lifetime. With the home loss, Hamilton (1-3) fell into fifth place behind the Long Island Lizards. Meanwhile, Denver (4-1) remained tied for first place with the win.
After opening the game with a goal by Jamieson, the Denver Outlaws scored the next five goals to end the opening quarter up 5-1. Mundorf, who set a team record with 10 points the last time these teams met, had one goal and two assists during the run.
But the Outlaws were not done as they increased the run to 9-0 with four more goals. Bitter tacked on two more goals to complete the hat trick at 5:36. Max Seibald scored his second of the game at 2:16, while Mundorf continued his dominance of the Nats with two more goals and his third assist of the contest.
Hamilton's three first-half goals tied for the fourth lowest single-half output allowed in Outlaws’ history. The second half featured one of the bright spots for Hamilton, as Jamieson scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter to make it 12-5. Denver answered with Peet Poillon’s first and Westervelt’s second for a 14-5 advantage after three.
“My first MLL hat trick wasn’t that special being in a losing effort,” said Jamieson. “I was trying to get the team rolling. Hopefully, it happens again in a winning effort.”
In the fourth, Mundorf capped off another impressive night with his fourth goal of the game at 7:34. In two games against Hamilton, he finished with 10 goals and eight assists. At 13:22, Notre Dame rookie David Earl scored his first pro goal, a two-pointer, to make the score 15-7.
Nats Head Coach Regy Thorpe said his team needs a better effort next weekend in a home-and-home series with the Rochester Rattlers, who nearly knocked off the Boston Cannons tonight.
“We have a young team and have to learn from this and get better,” he said. “We can get right back in the playoff hunt with games against Rochester next weekend. They are big games for both teams.”
The Nationals embark on a home-and-home series against the Rochester Rattlers (0-4) on Friday, June 24th. The game at Sahlen’s Stadium is a 7:30 p.m. start. The second game is a 7:00 p.m. contest the following day at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium.