April 3, 2010

Denver Beats Hobart In ECAC Opener

from press release

DENVER – The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-0 ECAC) opened Eastern College Athletic Conference play with a 17-13 victory over the Hobart Statesmen (2-6, 0-3 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

The crowd of 1,500 fans witnessed a game that included a combined 30 goals, 76 shots, 69 ground balls and 21 saves, to go along with five lead changes and four tied scores.

“With a win like this you try not to accentuate the negative things that happened during the game, but rather focus on the positive things that helped us to stay in the game early, go on those scoring rallies and eventually stop Hobart’s scoring rallies to seal the win,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “The offense was really prepared today and shot the lights out against a really good goalie and I couldn’t be happier with their performance today. We struggled a bit on defense and that is something that we are going to work on as we prepare for Bellarmine and Quinnipiac next weekend.”

Sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) led the Pioneers with four goals and two assists to finish with six points, while sophomores Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) and Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) both netted three goals apiece.

Also jumping into the scoring column for the Pioneers was junior Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) with two goals, while seniors Nick Gradinger (Del Mar, Calif.), Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) and Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), and freshmen Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Alejandro Brown (Amherst, Mass.) all added a goal each.

Along with scoring his first goal of the season, Roy also finished the day with a career-high 12 ground balls, caused three turnovers and won 13-of-24 face-offs for a 54.2 face-off winning percentage.

For the third straight game, senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) made 10 saves to secure his third win of the season.

PIONEER NOTES

    * This is the third consecutive game that Matthews has scored three goals for the Pioneers. He has also registered one point or more in the last four games.
    * Demopoulos’ six points ties a career-high that he set earlier this season against Albany (2/27/10) and marks the 10th straight game that he has tallied one or more points. Demopoulos is the first Pioneer this season to score four goals in a game.
    * Gradinger’s goal was the first of his career, while Roy’s was his eighth, first of the season. Both are starting defenders for the Pioneers.
    * DU’s 17 goals, 11 assists and 28 points ties a season-high that the Pioneers previously set against Albany (2/27/10).


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