[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published on our old site on June 10th, 2016. Here, it has been republished on our new site.]
On June 18th, the Denver Outlaws plan to honor the most storied goalie in team history by raising his jersey to the rafters. Former Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman will have his jersey number “19” retired during a ceremony scheduled for halftime of Saturday’s game against Rochester. Schwartzman is the first goalie and second player to ever have their jersey retired by the Outlaws.
The Johns Hopkins University graduate spent his entire nine-season career with Denver after he was drafted by the team in 2007 (39th pick). Schwartzman owns numerous league records including best MLL goals against average (9.87) and most goalkeeper wins (72). In terms of franchise records, Schwartzman finished first in career saves (1353), goals against average, and goalkeeper wins. Had he played in five more games, he would have surpassed Lee Zink in career games played, instead opting to finish second in that category. In his tenure, Schwartzman led Denver to its only Steinfeld Cup victory in 2014.
Schwartzman’s greatest achievement as an Outlaw may be the 2013 season where he recorded 14 regular season victories. In 2013, the Outlaws finished 14-0 making them the fourth North American professional sports team to complete a season undefeated (’48 Stampeders, ’72 Dolphins, ’07 Patriots).
With rumors swirling throughout the lacrosse world for weeks, Jesse Schwartzman made his retirement official last July after the final game of 2015. Fittingly, Schwartzman announced his retirement on the same day that his good friend and former teammate, Lee Zink, had his jersey number raised to the rafters of the North End Zone.
Faceoff for the June 18th game is set for 7:30pm with the retirement ceremony taking place at halftime. Tickets for the game can be purchased at denveroutlaws.com.