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(Posted 9:30 a.m., May 9)
Ottawa Outlaws drop home opener to Toronto Rush
By Fred Sherwin

The Ottawa Outlaws ultimate disc team came out on the wrong end of a 24-21 final against the Toronto Rusk last Saturday, playing for the first time at Millennium Park. Fred Sherwin/Photo

If the sport of ultimate is your preferred spectator sport, then the Cumberland Millennium Sports Park will be your favourite destination this spring and summer.

The east end sports facility is the home of the Ottawa Outlaws ultimate disc team which will be playing seven home games on the artificial turf field that borders Trim Road.

This will be the organization’s third year in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) and first season with home base in Ottawa’s east end.

After splitting their first two games on the road against American competition, the Outlaws played their home opener on Saturday against the Toronto Rush.

In their season opener on April 29, the Outlaws fell 29-24 to the (Washington) DC Breeze. The following day, Ottawa registered their first win of the young campaign with a 29-26 victory over the Philadelphia Phoenix.

Playing at Millennium Park for the first time, the Outlaws lost 24-21 in a highly entertaining back and forth affair.

Despite a rainy day that featured spor-adic downpours and strong winds, the poor weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd that showed up to cheer on the Outlaws.

The adverse conditions did keep the score down in the first two quarters as players from both sides tried to gauge the wind gusts in their attempt to make accurate passes with the disc. Footing was also a major issue on the artificial turf which became very slippery as a result of all the rain.

After the first quarter the score was tied 3-3 with both teams misfiring on several goal scoring attempts.

The second frame wasn’t much better with the Outlaws and Rush ringing up four goals apiece to end the first half deadlocked 7-7.

A slight improvement in the playing conditions during the second half enabled the athletes to demonstrate their passing and receiving skills. As a result, Toronto struck for nine goals in the third frame while Ottawa countered with seven of their own to make the score 16-14 with the final quarter still to be contested.

The last 12 minutes of the match saw the Rush continue to attack, improving their advantage to three goals by the time the final whistle blew.

Despite the loss, Alec Arsenault and Paul Renaud were impressive for the Outlaws as they led the Ottawa scoring attack with four goals apiece.

The Outlaws next home game is on Sunday, Jan. 20 3when the Philadelphia Phoenix pay a visit to Millennium Park.

Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. For more information about the Outlaws or to pre-purchase tickets visit http://ottawaoutlaws.com/

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