March 3, 2012

No. 14 Denver Hangs On To Beat Hartford, 11-10

from press release

Courtesy Denver athletics 

DENVER - The No. 14 University of Denver men's lacrosse team won its third-straight with an 11-10 win over the University of Hartford Hawks on Saturday afternoon at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in front of 1,646 fans. The win improves the Pioneers to 3-1 overall, while the Hawks fall to 0-3 on the season.

Senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) extended his consecutive-goal and point streak to 33 at 4:40 in the first quarter. Matthews finished with four points on three goals and an assist. Senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) extended his consecutive-point streak to 39 games, distributing an assist on the Matthews goal. Demopoulos tallied three points on a goal and two assists.

"A lot of credit needs to go to Hartford, because they challenged us today and never stopped playing even when we were up 11-5," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Our offense needs to get better about play consistently the entire game."

The Pioneers also got multi-point games from junior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), who finished with two goals, senior Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), who tallied a goal and an assist and sophomore Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario), who scored a goal and assisted on two others.

The Hawks were led by Rory Nunamacher who finished with two goals and an assist, while Jared Franze chipped in two goals.

After a scoreless opening 4:40, Matthews broke the deadlock with his ninth goal of the season off a pass from Noble. Rogers and Noble scored consecutive goals to stretch the Pioneers lead to 3-0 with under six minutes to go in the first quarter. Hartford senior Martin Bowes put the Hawks on the board with an unassisted goal, but the Pioneers held a three one advantage after the first.

Denver responded with goals from Law and junior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) to start the second quarter, stretching the Pioneers' lead to 5-1. Freshman Kevin O'Sheaa scored a man-up goal and Franze follow that up with his first of the season with six seconds to go in the half, to cut the lead to 5-3 heading into the intermission.

Three goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter stretched the Pioneers lead to 8-3. Hartford's Carter Bender drew the Hawks back within four, but sophomore Harrison Archer (Washington D.C.) and Matthews responded, giving the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game at 10-4. DU took a 10-5 lead into the final quarter after Garrett Dollard scored for Hartford with 21 seconds on the clock.

The winless Hawks wouldn't go away, scoring five of the six fourth quarter goals, but junior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) held strong on the final face-off of the game, causing 24 seconds to tick off the clock in a deadlock at midfield, before the Hawks finally won the possession. DU's defense stood strong in the final 24 seconds to hold on for the victory.

Hartford outshot the Pioneers 34-21, but Denver held the advantage in ground balls (35-25) and face-offs (15-of-24 to 9-of-24). Sophomore goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) stopped six shots in his second win of the season.


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