February 22, 2014

Denver Spreads Wealth in Win over Marist

from press release

DENVER – Three Pioneers finished with hat tricks as the No. 5 University of Denver men's lacrosse team topped Marist 15-9 in the second game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win improves the Pioneers to 2-1 on the season.

"I was really excited how our offense played coming off our game last weekend," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We really came out and exploded to get those seven goals and that's how we hope that we will continue to play this season. I thought we struggled in the second half offensively and you have to give Marist a lot of credit because they hung in there and really forced us out of our game."

Senior Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) finished with a career-high three goals, first career hat trick, while sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) netted his second hat trick of the season, third of his career.

Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) led the way with five points off three goals and two assists, securing his third hat trick in three games. Also scoring for the Pioneers was juniorWesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), while freshman Tyler Pace (Orangeville, Ontario) scored two goals and recorded two assists for four points.

Sophomore Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) dished out one assist.

Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made three saves and secured the win, seeing 30 minutes of action, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made seven saves in 29 minutes. Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 9-of-18 face-offs, while sophomores Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) both won 2-of-4.

Redshirt junior Teddy MacKenzie (Livingston, Mont.) led the way with five ground balls, while Noble finished with four and one caused turnover.

Drew Nesmith led the Red Foxes with three goals, while teammates Colin Joka and Joseph Radin both chipped in two goals each.

Denver led the way in shots (35-33) and saves (10-7), while Marist won the ground ball battle (32-31).

With 10:41 remaining in the first quarter, the Pioneers held a 3-0 advantage off goals by Pace, Archer and Miller before Marist was able to light up the scoreboard with 7:46 remaining as Tommy Celmer scored his first of the season.

Archer answered roughly a minute late with his second of the game before Marist struck again, scoring a man-up goal with 5:22 remaining. Denver rattled off three more goals to close out the first quarter with a 7-2 advantage off goals from Adamson, Bobzien and Archer.

After Marist opened the second quarter with a goal, the Pioneers made it 8-3 off a goal by Pace, his third of the season. Both teams exchanged goals twice more before Bobzien made it 11-5 with 48 seconds before halftime.

Marist opened the third quarter with a goal 3:40 into the action to make it 11-6 Denver. Miller netted his eighth goal of the season with 9:46 remaining to make it 12-6, before Marist answered with three straight goals, leading into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers scored the final three goals of regulation as Miller and Berg both combined to close out the game with a 15-9 win.

In the first game of the day, Canisius improved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-6 win over Air Force (1-2).

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