Attackman John Grant Jr. broke Major League Lacrosse’s all-time scoring record (reg. and postseason) in the Denver Outlaws’ 18-16 road win over the Atlanta Blaze on Saturday. Grant Jr. entered the game with 595 career points and topped Paul Rabil’s mark of 596 following a goal and an assist in the first half of Saturday’s matchup. The win improved Denver to 2-1 on the season while Atlanta fell to 1-1.
Midfielder Zach Currier was the Outlaws’ leading scorer in the game with three goals and one assist. Rookie attackmen Kyle Killen scored a hat trick in his MLL debut, and forwards Chris Aslanian (2 goals, 1 assist), Grant Jr. (1 goal, 2 assists), Brendan Kavanagh (1 goal, 2 assists) and Mikie Schlosser (2 goals, 1 assist) all totaled three points as well.
Atlanta scored the game’s first two goals before Grant Jr. opened the scoring for the Outlaws for the third time in as many games this season. With the game tied 5-5 in the opening minutes of the second quarter, Grant Jr. assisted Kavanagh’s lone goal of the night for the record-breaking point. The Blaze closed the quarter with a 5-2 scoring run and took a 10-8 lead into the halftime break.
A back-and-forth third period saw the Outlaws hold a 15-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Atlanta tied the game at 16-16 with 5:57 to play. Currier scored the game-winning goal on the following Outlaws possession and Killen netted the insurance goal in the game’s closing seconds.
Photos from Saturday’s game are available for media use at photos.majorleaguelacrosse.com with the password MLL2019.
Denver will have two weeks off before returning to action on Thursday, June 27 in the team’s home opener against the Dallas Rattlers.
MLL All-Time Scoring Leaders (Reg. & Postseason)
|John Grant Jr.||369||18||211||598|