March 20, 2010

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Denver Stuns No. 15 Stony Brook in Overtime

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) scored the game-winning goal for the University of Denver men's lacrosse team (4-4) and finished the day with three assists, lifting the Pioneers to a 13-12 victory over the No. 15 Stony Brook Seawolves (4-2) on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. The win marks the first road victory for the Pioneers this season and is the first home loss suffered by the Seawolves.

"I am so proud of the way our guys responded today, being down twice by a significant margin and finding a way to battle back and eventually get the win," said head coach Bill Tierney. "This is a great way for us to end our spring break trip and a great momentum booster as we head home to host Air Force in a non-conference match-up."

Leading the offensive scoring effort for the Pioneers was sophomore Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), who scored a career-high three goals and sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who tied his season-high with three goals. Senior Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) tied his career-high with two goals, while five other Pioneers dished in to secure Denver's fourth win of the season.

In his second start of the season, senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) earned his first win of the year making 10 saves, five in the first quarter alone.

After allowing the Seawolves to score just three minutes into the game's action, Rogers scored his first of the game, fourth of the season less than two minutes later to even the score. However, Stony Brook used a four-goal barrage to close out the quarter, and then added its fifth consecutive goal to start the second quarter, swinging the momentum drastically.

Appearing to have the game in hand, the Seawolves appeared to relax a bit and the Pioneers took advantage, scoring four straight goals to cut the deficit to one, 6-5 less than a minute before the intermission. Freshman Hayden Schuette (Encinitas, Calif.) scored his second of the season on a pass from Dickenson with 11: 44 left in the second, followed by Rogers' second of the game, fifth of the season with 6:45 remaining.

With 4:13 left in the second quarter, Scott lit of the scoreboard for Denver as he netted a John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) pass for his seventh goal of the season. Matthews provided the final goal for the Pioneers in the quarter as he drilled an unassisted shot with 33 seconds left to play.

As the final seconds of the half ticked away, Stony Brook added its seventh goal of the game as Kevin Crowley scored his 18th goal of the season to give the Seawolves a 7-5 advantage.

Returning from the locker room, the Pioneers opened the third quarter with the momentum as Rogers and Kerr both scored in the opening four minutes of play to even the score at 7-7. But Stony Brook sprang to life, scoring four goals to close out the quarter and take an 11-7 advantage.

Unwilling to admit defeat, the Pioneers rallied in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Seawolves 6-1. Denver also held the advantage in shots (11-5), ground balls (7-6) and face-offs (6-of-8 to 2-of-8) in the final 15 minutes.

Matthews sparked the scoring explosion for Denver as he netted an unassisted shot just 1:13 into the fourth quarter, his second of the game and 10th of the season.

After the Seawolves' Jordan McBride scored his third of the game with 11:49 left to play, Pioneer freshman Alejandro Brown (Amherst, Mass.) answered, scooping up the ground ball off the ensuing face-off and taking it all the way into Denver's offensive zone, drilling a shot past Stony Brook's goalie for his first career goal.

Chipping away at the Seawolves' 12-9 advantage, Denver scored three more times over the next three minutes to tie the game at 12-12 as Kerr, Matthews and sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) all scored.

The game-winner came with 2:37 left in the game as Scott threaded a pass to an open Charley Dickenson in front of the net, who made a quick spin move to laser a shot into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

Denver returns home to host the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday, March 27 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in a non-conference match-up. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and fans can purchase tickets through the DU Box Office or www.TicketMaster.com for just $9.

PIONEER NOTES:

With his three assists in the game, Charley Dickenson moves into sole possession of third place in the Pioneer record books for most career assists. He is currently 13 assists away from the top spot that is currently occupied by Tug Howe (1967-70) who had 73 assists during his career.
Dickenson also moved into sole possession of 10th on the all-time points list with 91 career points.
Coming into the match-up, Stony Brook was averaging 16.0 goals per game. Denver's defense held the Seawolves to just 12 goals.
Denver's 13 goals scored marks the second-most goals scored this season by the Pioneers. The most goals scored by Denver this season was 17 against No. 20 Albany (2/27/10).
Denver is 2-2 against teams ranked within the top-25 this season.


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