Nick Tintle (l) and MLL championship game MVP Matt Kavanagh of the Denver Outlaws celebrate a 16-12 win over the Dallas Rattlers in the MLL title game on Saturday night in Charleston, South Carolina.
For the third time in the last five years, the Denver Outlaws are champions of Major League Lacrosse.
The Outlaws defeated the Dallas Rattlers Saturday night, 16-12, to add to their titles in 2014 and 2016.
Outlaws' Attackman Matt Kavanagh earned the Championship MVP by scoring four goals and adding five assists.
DENVER OUTLAWS WIN THIRD MLL CHAMPIONSHIP
WITH 16-12 WIN OVER DALLAS RATTLERS
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Denver Outlaws won their third Major League Lacrosse Championship with a 16-12 win over the Dallas Rattlers on Saturday in Charleston, S.C.
The win ties Denver for second all-time in Major League Lacrosse Championship wins and is the seventh championship win for a Pat Bowlen-owned franchise (Denver Outlaws, 3; Denver Broncos, 3; Colorado Crush, 1).
Attackman Matt Kavanagh was named Coca-Cola Championship MVP for his nine-point performance (4 goals, 5 assists). Faceoff specialist Max Adler won 15-of-28 faceoffs and goalie Dillon Ward made 16 saves on 28 shots.
The Outlaws took a quick 3-0 lead and were up 5-4 at the end of the first quarter. Dallas opened up a 9-6 lead midway through the second quarter, but Denver ended the half on a 4-0 scoring run and took a 10-9 lead into halftime.
Outscoring Dallas 4-2 in the third quarter, Denver led 14-11 at the start of the closing stanza. The Outlaws defense locked the Rattlers down in the fourth quarter and allowed just one goal.
OUTLAWS IN THE MLL CHAMPIONSHIP
Year Date Champion Score Runner-up Location Game MVP
2018 Aug. 18 Denver 16-12 Dallas Charleston, S.C. Matt Kavanagh (Den.)
2017 Aug. 19 Ohio 17-12 Denver Frisco, Texas Marcus Homan (Bos.)
2016 Aug. 20 Denver 19-18 Ohio Kennesaw, Ga. Eric Law (Den.)
2014 Aug. 23 Denver 12-11 Rochester Kennesaw, Ga. John Grant Jr. (Den.)
2012 Aug. 26 Chesapeake 16-6 Denver Boston Ben Rubeor (Che.)
2009 Aug. 23 Toronto 10-9 Denver Annapolis, Md. Merrick Thomson (Tor.)
2008 Aug. 24 Rochester 16-6 Denver Boston Joe Walters (Roc.)
2006 Aug. 27 Philadelphia 23-12 Denver Carson, Calif. Roy Colsey (Phi.)
PAT BOWLEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Year Championship Team
2018 Denver Outlaws
2016 Denver Outlaws
2015 Denver Broncos
2014 Denver Outlaws
2005 Colorado Crush
1998 Denver Broncos
1997 Denver Broncos
MLL CHAMPIONSHIP WINS
Chesapeake Bayhawks 5
Denver Outlaws 3
New York Lizards 3
Philadelphia Barrage* 3
Dallas Rattlers 1
Toronto Nationals* 1
Boston Cannons 1
Ohio Machine 1
*denotes no longer in MLL