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Outlaws comeback to defeat Cannons and reach fourth straight MLL Championship game

The Outlaws defeat the Cannons to advance to the MLL Championship for a shot at their fourth title.

#2 Denver Outlaws vs #3 Boston Cannons

The MLL semi-finals were capped off by a juggernaut battle between the Denver Outlaws and Boston Cannons.

Kyle Jackson (1 goal) started the scoring with a goal off a pass from Zed “Zeddy Ballgame” Williams (4 goals, 1 assist). This started the Boston Cannons’ quick 5-1 run and eventually led to their 7-3 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter saw Boston maintain their lead after trading goals with the Outlaws and eventually going up 11-7 with less than 5 minutes left in the half. Yet, a late rally by the Outlaws would close the gap to 12-10 with the quarter approaching its end. However, the Cannons would regain some momentum with a last-second goal by Mark Cockerton (1 goal, 1 assist) before halftime.

The game was as tight as ever going into halftime with 13 shots, two saves, 22 ground balls and an 11-23 faceoff percentage for the Outlaws and 14 shots, three saves, 24 groundballs and a 12-23 percentage for the Cannons. The start of the second half saw a controversial call waive off a crease dive goal from Zach Currier (3 goals, 2 assists) and then a goal by Cal Dearth (4 goals) give the Cannons a four-goal lead.

However, things for Boston began to unravel when Kyle Denhoff and Kyle Jackson both went down with injuries and Denver finished the quarter with a 4-goal run to tie it 14-14, including a three from the 44-year-old wonder John Grant Jr. (5 goals).

In the fourth quarter, the teams would trade goals to bring the score to 15-15 before Chris Aslanian (4 goals, 1 assist) and Zach Currier put two more in net to give the Outlaws the 17-15 lead and eventual win.

The story of the game was John Grant Jr., whose 5 goals propelled the Outlaws to their fourth consecutive MLL championship appearance and gave Grant Jr. a shot at his sixth Steinfeld Cup.

The Denver Outlaws will face the Chesapeake Bayhawks at 1pm ET on Sunday, October 6 on ESPN 2.

Denver Outlaws 17, Boston Cannons 15

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Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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