March 31, 2012

Carraro Wins 22 of 23 Faceoff in Denver Win Over Hobart

from press release

DENVER - University of Denver junior midfielder and face-off specialist Chase Carraro(Louisville, Ky.) led the way with a 22-of-23 face-off performance to help the 10th-ranked Pioneers to a 15-8 victory over Hobart College on Saturday in front of a sold out, standing room only crowd of 2,131 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game with Hobart because they have a very unique offense and we saw it in the first half," said head coach Bill Tierney. "They have a couple of really good players that kind of confused us. We probably over coached them and when we finally settled down on defense we settled down our offense. Us winning 24-of-25 face-offs is unheard of and I'm proud of our face-off group's effort. Overall a good solid win."

The Pioneers (6-3, 2-1 ECAC) got four goals and an assist from senior attackman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who posted his 25th career-hat trick. Also contributing for Denver was freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) as he finished with three goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist.

Also chipping in was freshman attackman Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two goals, while Carraro senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.), sophomore Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) and senior Henry Miketa (Fort Collins, Colo.) all added a goal each. Denver remained perfect at home this season, and extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Junior attackman Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) recorded a game-high three assists, while Demopoulos tallied two. Archer also finished the day with one assist.

Denver held a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, and extended the margin to 6-3 after goals by Berg and Matthews at the 14:38 and 13:57 marks, respectively. The Statesmen, who won one face-off the entire game, rallied to score three straight, including Sam Miller's goal with 3:34 left before the half to tie the score at 6-6.

The Pioneers followed that by scoring three straight of their own, with the first coming on an unassisted goal from Noble less than a minute after Hobart's equalizer. After winning 14-of-15 face-offs and outshooting the Statesmen 33-11, Denver took a 9-6 lead into the intermission.

Denver dominated the third quarter, scoring five goals, including one on a man-up opportunity. Despite going nearly eight scoreless minutes, the Pioneers drew first blood in the second half as Law found Adamson for his fourth goal of the season, extending the Pioneers' lead to 10-6 with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Just over a minute later, Law recorded his third and final assist of the day as he found Berg for a man-up goal with 6:59 left. DU went on to score three more goals, including two in the final 2:22 of the third quarter, while allowing Hobart a total of two goals the entire second half.

The Pioneers continue their home stand by welcoming Bellarmine to Peter Barton Stadium on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on Pioneer Vision, while a live blog through CoverItLive and Live Stats will also be available via DenverPioneers.com

PIONEER NOTES

- With their 60 total shots, DU set a new Division I program record for most shots in a game, breaking the previous mark of 57 recorded against Ohio State in 2008.

- Denver's 24-of-25 effort in the face-off game came within two of the previous DU Division I record.

- With his four-goal performance, Matthews now has posted a goal in 38 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. He has tallied 102 goals during the streak. Matthews has also tallied a point in 38 straight games, ranking him tied for sixth with 147 points during the streak. He has also scored 133 career goals, ranking him second in the nation among active goal scorers.

- With his two-assist, single-goal performance, Demopoulos extended his point-scoring streak to 44 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. Demopoulos has scored 76 goals and recorded 68 assists during the streak.


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