April 17, 2010

Denver Rallies to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

from press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) scored the game-winner with 35 second remaining in the game to lift the University of Denver men's lacrosse team (9-4, 4-0 ECAC) to a 10-9 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-6, 2-3 ECAC) on Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) made eight saves, including four in the fourth quarter, to give the Pioneers their sixth consecutive win and keep them undefeated in ECAC play.

"It was a very frustrating game for us defensively because Ohio State really took us out of our game early," said head coach Bill Tierney. "I think our offense did a great job for us, keeping us in it and giving us the momentum late in the game to eventually come back and win. A lot of credit needs to go to our senior goalie Peyton Tyrie who did a great job mimicking OSU's goalie during practice this week and really getting us prepared."

To go along with his first-game-winner of the season, Matthews finished the day with three goals on five shots, while sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) finished with two goals and two assists for four points. Demopoulos has now registered one or more points in each of the Pioneers' game this season.

Also finishing with two goals for the Pioneers was sophomore Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), while senior Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), junior Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) each added scores.

Denver trailed Ohio State almost the entire game until Rogers provided the equalizer with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, scoring his 15th of the season off a pass from freshman Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.).

Over two minutes later, Matthews gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game as he took a pass from Lay and slipped it past the Buckeye's keeper.

The Buckeyes led by as many as four goals in the third quarter, but Denver used five unanswered to storm back. The Pioneers held the advantage in shots (9-5), ground balls (8-6) and face-offs (4-4 to 0-4) in the fourth quarter for their second come-from behind victory of the season.

Senior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) led the defensive efforts for the Pioneers finishing with nine ground balls and three caused turnovers, while also winning 7-of-10 face-offs.

Denver remains on the road, traveling to Fairfield, Conn., to take part in ESPNU's inaugural Warrior Classic on Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m. The Pioneers' game against Fairfield University will be the first in a doubleheader played at Rentschler Field in East Harford, Conn., with Massachusetts and Georgetown playing in the second game of the day. Both games will be televised on ESPNU.


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