By Will Walker
The Denver Outlaws had the best season in MLL history going a PERFECT 14-0!!! With Championship weekend starting Saturday we thought it was interesting to look into some of the stats of the Outlaws perfect season.
“You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take”
The Outlaws must have used this quote over the season because they led the MLL in shots taken at 657 and team shooting percentage of .344 also the highest in the league. They were led by second year attackmen Chris Bocklet who co-led the MLL with points at 55 with 42 goals and 13 assists, Bocklet’s 42 goals awarded him the honor of most goals in the MLL. But Bocklet wasn’t alone in their scoring of the top 11 point leaders; Drew Snider (32g/14a=46), Jeremy Sieverts (33g/11a=44) and Brendan Mundorf (23g/18a=41) also helped to put Denver into the top spot every week.
“Defense wins championships”
You hear this saying all the time and the Outlaws definitely kept the ball out of the net. Led by veteran goalie Jesse Schwartzman he posted the lowest Goals Against Average: 9.67, the second highest amount of saves at 184 and the highest Save Percentage: .597 in the MLL. But it wasn’t just all Schwartzman he had the MLL Defensive player of the year in Lee Zink who is a monster with the long pole.
The Outlaws special teams also stepped it up on both sides of the field where the defense had a crazy man down prevention rate of 76.6%, while on the offensive side of the ball they had a man up conversion rate of 42.8%. Special teams help change the flow of a game and the Outlaws showed us how important it can be.
Overall the Denver Outlaws have had great success this season and got great production from every position and if we had the time I am sure we could find ever more stats that showcase how well this team performed in the 2013 regular season. The season isn’t over yet and they go into championship weekend with a HUGE target on their back but they are definitely aware of that and will look to be the team hoisting that trophy at the end of the season.