February 24, 2013

Denver Stymies Canisius to Close Face-Off Weekend

from press release

USAFA, Colo. - The No. 11/11 University of Denver men's lacrosse team held Canisius scoreless for 39-straight minutes on its way to an 11-4 victory Sunday afternoon, in the closing game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic. The win brings Denver's record to 3-1 on the season, while Canisius falls to 0-2.

The contest was initially scheduled to be played at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, but inclement weather caused Sunday's games to be moved to Air Force's Holaday Athletic Center.

Sophomore Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) recorded three goals and two assists in the winning effort. Freshman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md.) matched Berg with three goals, while senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) tallied one goal and three assists.

Senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.), senior Sean Snodgrass (Moorestown, N.J.), sophomore Connor Pagnani (Nashville, Tenn.) and sophomore Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) tallied one goal apiece.

Sophomore Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) tallied 10 saves in his second win of the season.

"A huge thank you to Air Force for coming through and letting us host the last two games inside their indoor facility," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We treated this like a business trip, and I'm proud of the way our team took care of business."

Vince Gravino, Brandon Bull, Steve Bernston and Joe Rautenstrauch all found the net for the Golden Griffins.

The Pioneers opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest, as Berg found the net from close-range on an assist from Law, but Canisius answered back with a goal from Gravino. Denver responded with a pair of goals to close out the first quarter with a 3-1 lead.

Koerber scored two straight goals to open the second frame and the Pioneers shut-out the Golden Griffins, as Denver took a 5-1 lead into the intermission.

Law scored on an assist from Berg just under six minutes into the second half. Berg followed that up by scoring a goal of his own less than a minute later. Koerber added another goal with 7:55 remaining in the third quarter to extend Denver's lead to 8-1. With less than two minutes remaining, Pagnani found the net to record the final goal and give Denver a 9-1 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Snodgrass found the net less than a minute into the final quarter to put the Pioneers up by double-digits. Bull scored for Canisius with just over 12 minutes left in the contest, to snap the Pioneers' string of nine unanswered goals. Scott brought the Pioneer lead to 11-2, on a goal assisted by classmate Taylor Young (Littleton, Colo.). Bernston scored the Golden Griffins' third goal of the game with nine and a half minutes left to play, while Rautenstrauch added another goal for Canisius with less than five minutes left to play.

The Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic Team will be announced on Monday.

Denver will return to action when it hosts Penn on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.

In the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic early game, Air Force defeated No. 8/12 Lehigh 15-10. Tommy McKee recorded four goals for the Falcons, while Mike Crampton tallied three goals and two assists. Dante Fantoni led Lehigh with three goals and one assist, while Dan Taylor finished with two goals and three assists.

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