Denver Takes ECAC Regular Season Title
from press release
DENVER – The No. 4/5 University of Denver men's lacrosse team clinched the Eastern College Athletic Conference Regular Season Title and the top seed in the conference tournament with a 12-4 victory over Michigan Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in front of 1,909 fans. With the win, the Pioneers close their regular season with a record of 11-3, 6-1 in ECAC play. Michigan closes its year 1-13, 0-7 in ECAC action. This is the Pioneers third ECAC Regular Season Title since joining the league in 2010.
Senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) led the Pioneers with three goals and one assist, while classmate Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) finished with one goal and tied his career-high with four assists, as Denver honored its 12 seniors on Senior Day. Law's tally brings his season total to 59 points on 30 goals and 29 assists.
"We're seeing a lot of zone defenses this season and it's just something that we have to get used to," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Each team's version of the zone defense is different and much of the credit needs to go to their goalie because he made some great saves early in the game. I thought our defense and our goalies played great and they gave our offense the time it needed to figure out Michigan's zone as the game went on."
Sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) tallied four points on two goals and two assists. He currently has 39 goals and 52 points on the year. Freshman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md.) added three goals, while senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) recorded two goals and two assists.
Michigan was led by Mike Francia, who tallied one goal and two assists. Willie Steenland, David Joseph and David McCormack added one goal apiece. Gerald Logan recorded 17 saves in the losing effort.
The Pioneers opened the scoring on a goal from Scott less than 2:30 into the contest, off an assist from senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.). Michigan responded with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead, but senior Taylor Young (Littleton, Colo.) fired the ball past the goalie as the period expired, and the teams entered the second frame tied at two.
Denver tallied three man-up goals in less than a minute to take a 5-2 lead with 8:26 left in the second quarter. Flint found the net six seconds before the break to tally DU's fourth unanswered score as sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) was credited with the assist. The Pioneers held the Wolverines scoreless in the period, and DU carried a 6-2 lead into the intermission.
Michigan drew first blood in the second half, scoring less than a minute into the third quarter to cut the DU lead to three. Denver bounced back within two minutes, returning the lead to four on a tally from Law. Berg followed Law's score with a goal of his own, giving Denver an 8-3 advantage midway through the quarter. Scott stretched the Pioneers' edge to six with 6:30 remaining in the third period, and Denver led 9-3 at the start of the closing frame.
The Wolverines scored first in the fourth quarter, but Denver tallied the final three goals of the game to take the eight-goal victory.
Carrero lead the face-off efforts, winning 12-of-16 and recording two ground balls. Senior Drew Babb (Centennial, Colo.) led with a career-high six ground balls, followed closely by Flint who finished with five and sophomore Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) who finished with a career-high four. Sophomore Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made six of the 11 saves on the day to record his eighth win of the season.
Denver held the advantage in shots (42 to 26), ground balls (39 to 22) and face-offs (14-of-18 to 4-of-18). Denver was also a perfect 20-of-20 on clears.
The Pioneers honored its 12 seniors prior to the start of the game, a class that is the most winningest class under head coach Bill Tierney since his arrival with a record of 47-18.