February 25, 2011

Pioneers Host Vermont on Sunday

from press release

DENVER – The No. 16/17 University of Denver men's lacrosse team opens its home schedule this weekend, hosting the Vermont Catamounts on Sunday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Opening face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. MT.


Fans can follow the game live via Pioneer Vision, Live Stats and the Pioneers' inter-active in-game blog through CoverItLive, all through www.DenverPioneers.com.


The DU Ticket Office is offering a special ticket offer for this weekend's game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Any youth lacrosse player that wears a youth lacrosse jersey can receive a free ticket to the game by visiting the DU Box Office located on the west side of the Ritchie Center.

Season tickets are still available for $58 for adults and $30 for children (12-under). Individual game tickets are also available for $9 with children ages two and under free (must sit on a lap). Individual game tickets for the Notre Dame game are $15. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card. For more information about season and individual game tickets, call 303-871-2336.


DU and Vermont will meet for just the fifth time in program history on Sunday, with the Pioneers holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. Both teams first met on March 21, 2001 with Denver taking a 12-11 win away from home. In their last meeting, the Catamounts edged the Pioneers 9-8 at home on March 17, 2007.


The Vermont Catamounts come into their meet with the Pioneers after defeating Colgate 9-4 to open the season at home. Sophomore Drew Philie leads the team with four goals and two assists for six points on seven shots. Sophomore Thomas Galvin is second on the team with four points on two goals and two assists. Senior Tom Frasca leads the team with five groundballs and has a 7-of-17 face-off win-loss percentage. Junior goalkeeper David Barton has allowed four goals and made eight saves for a 66.7 save percentage. The Catamounts are shooting 30.0 percent and have a 66.7 shot-on-goal percentage. The Catamounts have caused seven turnovers and have won 41.2 percent of their face-offs, while also registering a clear percentage of 94.7 percent.


The Pioneers are led by junior Mark Matthews who has two goals and one assist for three points, while senior Andrew Lay is second on the team with two points on one goal and one assist. Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Faus leads the team with three groundballs and made 13 saves against the Orange of Syracuse in his first collegiate start. In his first game back since the 2009 season, redshirt junior Brendan DeBlois leads the team with four caused turnovers and is second on the team with two groundballs. The Pioneers have a 61.5 shot-on-goal percentage and a 7.00 goals-per-game average. Denver has been 84.2 percent effective on clears and has scooped up an average of 16.0 groundballs per game.


The Pioneers have two starters that joined the team as walk-ons. Senior Andrew Lay and junior Patrick Rogers were consistent performers for the Pioneers last season. Rogers was fourth on the team in scoring with 20 goals and also scored one or more goals in 10 straight games. Lay amassed 12 goals for the year, including five man-up goals, to go along with five assists for 17 points.


The Pioneers opened the 2011 season ranked No. 12/13 in the preseason polls. Last season, DU jumped on the national scene climbing the polls to its highest ranking of the season at No. 9. Denver opened the 2010 season, its first under head coach Bill Tierney, ranked No. 18. Currently, the Pioneers are ranked No. 16/17 in the polls.

As a team, the Pioneers finished the 2010 season ranked second in the nation in shot percentage (.357), 10th in man-up offense (.449), 11th in assists per game (7.0) and 15th in scoring offense (11.06). Denver's 12-5 overall mark was also the eighth best winning percentage (.706) in the nation. Individually, sophomore Alex Demopoulos (.507) and freshman Cameron Flint (.479) ranked third and sixth, respectively in shot percentage.


In just two seasons, sophomore Mark Matthews has amassed 64 career goals and has steadily climbed up the Pioneers' DI record books in career goals (64-4th) and points (85-8th). Matthews is just 50 goals away from taking over the top spot on the career goals list. Assistant coach Matt Brown leads the way with 113 goals that he accumulated from 2002-05 as a member of the Pioneers.

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