April 11, 2010

Denver Tops Quinnipiac for Fifth Straight Win

from press release

DENVER -- Freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) scored four goals to help the University of Denver men's lacrosse team (8-4, 3-0 ECAC) to a 14-10 win over the visiting Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-4, 2-3 ECAC) on Sunday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win keeps the Pioneers undefeated in Eastern College Athletic Conference play and extends their win streak to five games.

"We continue to find a way to win these tough games and I couldn't be more proud of the way our team is responding," said head coach Bill Tierney. "But, we really need to find a way to not have these lapses and allow our opponents to get back into the games. Our offense did a great job today of keeping us in this game and responding each time Quinnipiac pulled to within one or two goals."

Along with Flint's four goals, sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) finished with his third consecutive hat trick, bringing his season total to 26 goals. The attackman also finished with three assists for six points on the day, extending his streak of consecutive games with one or more points to 11 games.

Also scoring for Denver was sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) and Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) with two goals each, while Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) and Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) all added a goal apiece.

Senior goalie Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) finished with six saves, recording his fifth-straight win and improving to 5-1-0 on the season.

Denver held the advantage in shots (31-26), groundballs (32-28) and face-offs (16-27 to 11-27).

Kevin Kelly led the Bobcats with three goals, while Christian Haggerty finished with three assists and one goal for four points on the day. Goalie Kevin Benzing made six saves on 31 shots.

Denver opened the game with three goals in the opening five minutes as Matthews, Demopoulos and Rogers all scored. The Bobcats pulled to within one with under three minutes left in the quarter as Kelly and Mike Gast both scored. However, Scott closed the opening stanza for the Pioneers, scoring his 10th of the season in the final 40 seconds.

After taking a 6-2 lead with 3:59 remaining in the second period on goals from Flint and Rogers, the Bobcats once again cut the deficit to one goal as Alex Marotto scored in the final 2:33 of the second quarter, Kelly with a minute into the third quarter and Alex DeAlmeida with 7:55 left in the third.

Less than five seconds later, DU's Matthews scored his second of the game off a pass from freshman face-off man Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) to end the Bobcat's rally and give Denver a two-goal cushion. Denver's Flint made it a three-goal game with 5:35 left in the third as he netted a Matthews' pass for the Pioneers' second man-up goal of the game.

After allowing Quinnipiac's Billy Alessi to score an unassisted shot with 4:01 remaining, Denver's Demopoulos scored off the ensuing face-off as he converted a Carraro pass. Denver took a 10-6 advantage a minute later as Dickenson scored his sixth of the season.

After both teams exchanged goals to close the third quarter, the Bobcats opened the fourth quarter with two straight goals from Todd Kaiser and Ted Diamond to cut the deficit to two goals, 11-9.

The Pioneers answered with three straight goals to take a 14-9 lead before QU's Haggerty scored a man-up goal with 1:32 remaining in the game.

Next up, Denver heads to Columbus, Ohio to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be available via Pioneer Vision and fans can follow the in-game updates at www.Twitter.com/DU_Pioneers.


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