(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)
The statement, “Lacrosse is a game of runs” was ever present during Sunday’s MLL Championship game between the Denver Outlaws and the Boston Cannons, where the Cannons claimed their second title in franchise history.
Boston, who was without Jason Brewster, Frank Brown, Bryan Cole, Matt Gilray, and Randy Staats, got the scoring started early in the first with John Uppgren and Ben Spencer scoring two quick goals within a minute of each other. And it wasn’t long after that Denver answered and got their offense going.
Rookie Dan Bucaro posted a natural hat trick in the first quarter, which was followed up quickly by a John Grant Jr. goal coming off a faceoff win and feed from Max Adler. That quick run from Denver put them in the drivers seat, 4-2. However, Boston was able to get hot once again and rattled off three straight, which included two from John Uppgren, to end the quarter and take back the lead, 5-4.
Boston came out of the half with an 8-6 lead after Justin Pugal snipped a two-bomb in the final seconds of the half. Denver’s Pat Aslanian also got a two-pointer got late in the second quarter, which was their only goal of the period.
The Boston run was stretched to four early in the third, as Bryce Wasserman, Mark Cockerton, and John Uppgren each found the back of the net early in the third. Denver was able to answer with a run of their own, as Chris Aslanian scored twice and Max Adler took it to the rack off a faceoff win.
Coming into the final quarter, Boston held a 13-10. And things would stay that was, as neither defense allowed a single goal in the quarter and Boston walked away victorious.
John Uppgren led Boston with six points (5G/1A) in the victory. Mark Cockerton also tallied four points (3G/1A). Nick Marrocco anchored the Boston defense, making 10 saves.
Dan Bucaro led Denver with four points (3G/1A). Chris Aslanian netted a hat trick.