April 9, 2010

Pioneers Welcome Bellarmine to Denver

from press release

– The University of Denver men's lacrosse team remains at home this week, hosting two ECAC games at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver opens the weekend with a 7 p.m. game on Friday, April 9 against Bellarmine and then faces Quinnipiac on Sunday, April 11 at 11 a.m.

Friday night's game will be available on Pioneer Vision and Denver's game against Quinnipiac will be featured as the ECAC Game of the Week. The Pioneers are in their first season as members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which includes Hobart, Loyola, Fairfield, Ohio State, Quinnipiac, Bellarmine and Air Force.

Since the DU men's lacrosse program turned Division I (1999 season), the Pioneers are 4-0 against Bellarmine, having played the Knights over the last four seasons. Against Quinnipiac, the Pioneers are 4-2, with a perfect 3-0 mark in games played at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

The Bellarmine Knights are coming into this weekend's game with a 6-4 overall mark, but have yet to secure a conference win, dropping a 14-8 decision to No. 10 Loyola and a 13-4 final to No. 19 Fairfield. However, the Knights have yet to lose a game on the road this season, posting a 2-0 mark in road contests and a 2-0 mark in neutral site games. Senior attackman Sean Doyle leads BU with 25 goals and seven assists, while seniors Shane Andersen and Derek Hopcroft are second on the team with 14 goals apiece.

Face-off specialist Craig Carson has won 64-of-120 face-offs for a 53.3 winning percentage and also leads the team with 36 ground balls. Goalie Scott Bowles has logged the most minutes for BU between the pipes and has a 10.84 goals against average and a 48.1 save percentage. As a team, BU is averaging 10.2 goals per game on 30.7 shots per game.

With their 6-4 overall mark, the Pioneers opened ECAC play with a 17-13 win over visiting Hobart 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. 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.

The Pioneers are now 5-1 when playing at home and 5-3 in games played in the afternoon. Denver is also 5-1 when playing on a Saturday and 4-1 when scoring 10 or more goals. Demopoulos leads the team for the season with 20 goals and 31 points, while Matthews is second on the team with 17 goals and 21 points. Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) leads the team with 14 assists and is third in points with 19. Senior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) leads the Pioneers defensively with 46 ground balls, including a career-high 12 against Hobart, 21 caused turnovers and a 53.6 face-off winning percentage, winning 30-of-56 face-offs.

One of only two active Pioneer in the record books, senior Charley Dickenson tops the all-time assists charts in the Division I records with 63 assists, while sophomore Mark Matthews has entered the record books for career goals with 41 to rank tied for 15th. Since the program's inception in 1966, the all-time career assists leader is Tug Howe (1967-70) who finished his DU career with 73 assists.

Dickenson is just 11 away from breaking that record. Dickenson also ranks fifth in the DI record books with 95 points and is 42 points away from record holder Matt Brown (2002-05). In the overall career records Dickenson ranks 10th all-time and is 104 points away from leader Todd Dickson (1990-93) who finished his career with 199 points.

Coming into the 2010 season, Coach Tierney ranked second among active coaches and 11th all-time with a .745 winning percentage (272-93). Syracuse head coach John Desko topped the active coaches list with a .761 winning percentage (134-42) and is seventh all time. Coach Tierney also ranked fifth among active coaches for most career wins.

In addition to his regular-season success, Coach Tierney has excelled in the postseason, ranking tied for fourth (.714, 30-12) in NCAA Tournament winning percentage (min. 10 games) Tierney also ranks second in career NCAA postseason wins (30) and is tied for first with Syracuse's Roy Simmons Jr., with six national titles. All of Tierney's championship came while he was the head coach at Princeton.

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