Carraro, Denver Down OSU at Invesco Field
from press release
DENVER -- University of Denver men's lacrosse sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) scored three times and won 14-of-20 faceoffs, leading the No. 6 Pioneers to an 11-6 win over Ohio State in front of a season-high 3,372 Saturday afternoon in the Eighth Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile-High.
"Ohio State gave us some challenges, but we were able to make adjustments and played really well on both ends today," said head coach Bill Tierney. "This was a good team victory and one of our best overall performances of the year."
Sophomore Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) added three goals and an assist for the Pioneers (9-2, 4-0 ECAC). Senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored twice and tallied two assists and junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) added two goals, an assist and grabbed five ground balls for the Pioneers.
Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made 12 saves for the Pioneers. Freshman Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) joined Matthews in giving Denver a 39-21 advantage in ground balls, adding four of his own in the win. Baxter, senior Jeff Brown (Cohasset, Mass.) and freshman John Zurlo (Bernardsville, N.J.) caused two turnovers each for Denver.
Brock Sorenen scored twice for Ohio State (6-6, 1-2 ECAC). Logan Schuss and Jeff Tundo recorded a goal and an assist for the Buckeyes and Joe Bonanni forced two turnovers. Greg Dutton made 11 saves in the loss.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Baxter scored 26 seconds into the contest, the fastest opening goal by DU this season. Noble tallied a goal of his own less than a minute later. Ohio State scored two unanswered goals early in the second quarter.
After the Buckeye goal, Denver scored three unanswered goals, one from Flint and two from Matthews who is now twelve points shy of DU's all-time Division I scoring record. Ohio State scored midway through the second session and the Pioneers led 5-3 at intermission.
Denver opened up the second half with five unanswered goals, the first coming from Flint just over a minute into the third quarter. Denver added goals from Baxter, another from Flint and two from Carraro, taking a 10-3 before the Buckeyes scored with 1:07 left in the third quarter.
The Pioneers continued their quick scoring when Carraro tucked one away five seconds into the fourth quarter, DU's quickest quarter-opening goal of the year, to give DU an 11-4 lead. Ohio State scored twice before the end of the game, but Denver left INVESCO Field with an 11-6 win.
Denver ended with a 36-31 shot advantage and won 15-of-21 face-offs. Ohio State was 0-of-2 with an extra-man.
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