The Ohio Machine Get A Rematch Against The Denver Outlaws In The 2017 MLL Championship Game


Full disclosure, I didn’t really follow much of the 2017 MLL season. I checked in for the first couple weeks but after I didn’t make the cut for the New York Lizards, it was just too painful to watch knowing that I should be out there on the field. Also–the games not being on cable makes it pretty difficult to keep up with aside from the free game of the week on Twitter. And as I’m writing this, I’m going to guess there may only be 3 or 4 of you out there reading right now who have even watched at all. But even so, it’s hard not to get up for a rematch in the championship game at The Ford Center in Frisco, Texas this weekend.

The Denver Outlaws are the reigning MLL champions. They beat Ohio last year 19-18, scoring the final goal with 13 seconds left in the game. This year we’ll have Ohio vs Denver again. Does this mean that Major League Lacrosse is getting as predictable as the NBA? Are we going to have the Cavs vs Warriors in the Finals for 8 straight years rendering the regular season completely worthless? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But in the meantime, let’s crush some highlights and see how they got here.

‘Sheen 18 – Launch 13

Tom Schreiber was the league MVP last year. This year, he decided to go up to Toronto with Launch attackman Kieran McArdle to play for the Rock and try to get Americans back into the box game. So the 2016 MLL MVP also ended up being the 2017 NLL Rookie of the Year.  And this goal right here comes straight from spending the year playing box.

Sick hands in tight. Patience inside to face dodge the pole instead of just going for the quick stick. Goes airborn and finishes it off with a twister. That’s why you play box, boys and girls.

Speaking of keeping the dive alive, here’s Marcus Holman with the dunk.

Jumpman, jumpman, jumpman, jumpman.

And finally we have Connor Cannizzaro doing his part as well. Some shades of that Denver vs Notre Dame game from March in this one.

The Crease Dive is one of the most exciting plays in the game. The fact that this wouldn’t count in an NCAA game still blows my mind. I get there are player safety implications involved here but let the boys fly.

Outlaws 15 – Rattlers 8

The Outlaws had to come climb out of a little 2-goal hole to start the game. After this Eric Law goal it was domination from there with 8 goals in the 4th quarter alone.

Just to recap, the state of Ohio lost the MLL Championship last year, the World Series in October, the NCAA DI Men’s Lacrosse Championship in May and the NBA Finals in June. 4 championships in 365 days. Unless the universe truly hates the state of Ohio, I think they catch their break on Saturday. Give me the Machine -1.


P.S. – Looks like the NCAA is going to be experimenting with shot clocks this upcoming fall ball.

Personally I don’t think 60 seconds is enough if it is going to start once a team gets possession. It should be 60 seconds once the team gets the ball over midfield. That still gives them enough time to get some subs in and run a quick play or two. You’ll see a ton of sloppy play this fall ball if teams only have 30-40 seconds to work with after they clear the ball. But this is still a good start.