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MLL 2020 Day 5 Recap

July 22, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Connecticut Hammerheads VS New York Lizards

On day 5 of the 20th Anniversary Season, we saw the Connecticut Hammerheads defeat the New York Lizards 10-8, to get their first-ever win in franchise history. This was a big game for both teams as they were both searching for their first wins of the season.

The Lizards led 2-1 after the first quarter and got 16 shots off opposed to the Hammerheads six, but Connecticut goalie Sean Sconone had eight saves and held a .80 save percentage going into the second quarter to slow down the Lizard's offense.

In the second quarter, the Hammerheads had a successful 3-0 run and went into halftime with a 4-2 lead, but before they got going again, inclement weather delayed the start of the second half for an hour.

Andrew Pettit opened up the scoring for New York in the third quarter to stop their 19-minute drought, and Sean O'Brien scored 44 seconds later, but it was not enough to get them back in the game.

Bradley Voigt scored a buzzer-beater to give the Hammerheads an 8-5 lead going into the fourth quarter and finished with four goals.

In the fourth quarter, the Lizards had a chance to tie the game, but could not convert, which gave them their fourth straight loss.

The Hammerheads faceoff specialists were an integral part of capturing their first win. They finished the day winning 14 out of 22 faceoffs and helped slow down the Lizard's offense.

The Hammerheads are now 1-3, while the Lizard's fell to 0-4, and have one more opportunity to get in the win column on Thursday against the Philadelphia Barrage.

Chesapeake Bayhawks VS Denver Outlaws

In their first time playing each other since the 2019 MLL Championship, the Denver Outlaws defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks 13-12 in overtime.

Last year, Chesapeake got the best of the Outlaw's when Andrew Kew scored the game-winning goal, while this year, Brian Kormondy scored the game-winning goal for Denver to lead them to their fourth straight win.

The Bayhawks suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 3-1, while the Outlaw's are 4-0, and stand as the only undefeated team with one game remaining in the regular season.

In the first half, Denver took 32 shots, compared to Chesapeake's 16, but both teams were tied at 6 going into the second half.

The third quarter is when Chesapeake's offense found their rhythm. They scored four goals and had a two-point lead headed into the final quarter.

Denver mirrored that and scored three goals in four minutes to tie the game at 12 with 7:20 left in the game.

"We started doing the right things instead of forcing the ball," Outlaws Head Coach Tony Seaman said.

Neither offense could come up with a goal to break the tie, so the game went into overtime, where the Outlaws won their fourth straight.

Max Adler came out strong after missing yesterday's game and won 22 out of his 25 faceoff draws to help propel Denver to a win.

While the game was a back and forth battle between the two teams with many lead changes,  Denver ultimately got the last one, and the most important one.

Thursday's Games

Philadelphia Barrage VS New York Lizards

The Philadelphia Barrage will look to get back on track tomorrow when they take on the New York Lizards at 4:00 p.m., while the Lizard's are hoping to get in the win column, with one last chance remaining. The matchup will be aired on ESPN +.

Boston Cannons VS Connecticut Hammerheads

The Boston Cannons take on the Connecticut Hammerheads for the first time tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. The Hammerheads are searching for their second straight win, while the Cannons are coming off of a rest day, and will be ready to get things going quickly. The matchup will be aired on ESPN +.

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