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Toronto Nationals win MLL championship 10-9 against Denver

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The Canadian Press
8/23/2009 4:44:13 PM
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ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Shawn Williams scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Nationals won their first ever Major League Lacrosse championship 10-9 Sunday against the Denver Outlaws.

Down 8-7 after three quarters, Toronto's John Grant Jr. scored his second goal of the day less than a minute into the fourth to tie it up 8-8.

Seven minutes later, the Outlaws' Josh Sims added his second of the day on a power play to give Denver the lead.

Williams scored with less than five minutes left to give Toronto hope, and then he sealed the championship by scoring in the final 45 seconds.

Jeff Zywicki led Toronto with three goals and Merrick Thomson, the playoff MVP, added two.

Brendan Mundorf scored three for Denver, while Brian Langtry, Mike Ward, Jeff Sonke and Matt Brown each added singles.

Toronto netminders Doc Schneider and Brett Queener combined for 23 saves while at the other end Jesse Schwartzman stopped 14 for the Outlaws.

The Nationals were 7-5 during the regular season, and beat the Long Island Lizards on Saturday to reach the final.

Lacrosse (Photo: Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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