Berg Scores Seven as Denver Handles Penn
from press release
DENVER – Led by a seven-goal performance from sophomore Wes Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) the University of Denver men's lacrosse team defeated the Penn Quakers 15-12 in front of 1,968 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Berg's seven goals tied DU's Division I single-game record that is held by associate head coach Matt Brown. It was also Berg's seventh career hat trick. Also turning in strong performances were senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), who finished with two goals and a career-tying four assists for six points, and senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.), who record a career-high seven assists.
"We were a little erratic," said head coach Bill Tierney. "I have to give Penn a lot of credit. We thought we had a great week of practice and that we prepared well for them, but they are as energetic and non-giving up of a team as I've ever seen. They just kept coming at us. I thought we had really good second and third quarters. Berg really stepped up for us today."
Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) netted his second hat trick of the season, while junior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist. Senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) scored one goal and sophomore Michael Pirone (Bethesda, Md.) and Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) both tallied an assist each.
Sophomore Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made four saves in his fourth start of the season, while junior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made nine saves. Senior Kyle Hercher (Littleton, Colo.) and junior John Zurlo (Bernardsville, N.J.) led the team with two caused turnovers each, while freshman Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the team with six groundballs.
Tim Schwalje led the Quakers with five points off three goals and two assists, while Zack Losco finished with four points off three goals and one assist.
Both teams exchanged goals throughout the first 10 minutes of play, until the Quakers jumped out to a 5-2 lead with 1:16 remaining in the quarter. After the Quakers took their third face-off violation in the half, the Pioneers found themselves man-up for the first time in the game. Berg answered 27 seconds into the penalty with his first goal of the game, 12th of the season.
Berg then scored two more times over the next 37 seconds to pull the Pioneers even with the Quakers, 5-5. Denver regained the lead with a goal by Noble, two minutes into the second quarter and Berg added two more over the next four minutes to put the Pioneers ahead 8-5.
Following two goals by Penn, Flint scored with 2:22 remaining in the half, followed by Berg's sixth of the game, 17th of the season, with 1:26 left. The Pioneers took a 10-7 led into the locker room.
Penn opened the third quarter with a goal by Losco, before the Pioneers unleashed four straight that spanned into the first minute of the fourth quarter to take a 14-8 advantage. The Quakers continued to battle the Pioneers, rattling off four straight of their own over the next eight minutes to cut the Pioneer's advantage to two goals.
Berg sealed the game with his seventh goal on the day with 1:21 remaining in the game to give DU the 15-12 win and third in a row.
Denver returns to action next Saturday as it heads on the road to face Ohio State. Opening face-off is slated for 11 a.m. MT.