Jesse Schwartzman Playing for Gold

7/19/14 12:00 AM

Jesse Schwartzman Playing for Gold

 Denver Outlaws’ goalie Jesse Schwartzman is one of MLL’s most accomplished players and is the winningest goalie in league history.

After leading Pikesville High School in Baltimore to a state championship as a sophomore, Schwartzman went to college at Johns Hopkins University where he earned honorable preseason All-American honors for the second consecutive year as a senior. He started all 14 games as a junior, posting a .563 save percentage and allowing just 8.15 goals per game. He also received honorable mention STX/USILA All-American honors and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore.

Following his graduation from Johns Hopkins, the Outlaws drafted Schwartzman with the 39th overall pick in the 2007 MLL Collegiate Draft. In his rookie season he appeared in five games and posted a .553 save percentage.

Every year following his rookie season the goalie has been selected to the MLL All-Star Game — seven in total.

Earlier this season, Schwartzman clinched his 61st career win as a goalie — making him MLL’s all-time winningest goalie. He ranks in the top five in nearly every significant goalkeeping category. He’s second in games played with 89, and his 11.14 goals against per game average is the best in the history of the league.

This season, Schwartzman has dominated in the crease. He’s first in goals against per game with an average of just 10.62. His .594 save percentage also leads the league, and his seven wins is tied for first.

“He’s obviously one of the top goalies in the world,” Denver coach B.J. O’Hara said. “He’s a veteran in the league. He’s a great stopper. He’s also a real leader in the locker room. Anybody who’s ever gotten up close to him in the game and heard him during the game, you know he’s the leader of our defense.”

Schwartzman, who is playing in his eighth season in the MLL and eighth year with Denver, is a two-time MLL Goalie of the Year honoree, picking up the accolade in 2009 and in 2013.

Tonight, Schwartzman will suit up in red, white and blue in goal for Team USA in the gold medal game against Canada. The game is at 7 p.m. at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Tomorrow, Schwartzman will return to the Outlaws as they faceoff against the Florida Launch at 1 p.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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