April 16, 2011

Ciccomascolo Leads Denver Over Cal

from press release

DENVER - University of Denver women's lacrosse junior Lauren Ciccomascolo (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) scored four goals and added an assist to give the Pioneers a 13-10 victory over Cal at Peter Barton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Denver (6-10, 4-1 MPSF) clinched a berth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament and are currently tied with Oregon for second place in the MPSF.

Cal (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) jumped out to a 4-1 lead with 18:45 remaining in the first half. However, DU called timeout to regroup and responded with five-straight goals, including Ciccomascolo's first half hat trick, and held Cal scoreless for more than 20 minutes.

The Golden Bears ended the skid with 28:12 left in the game and then tied the score at 6-6 just 23 seconds later.

The Pioneers again scored five-straight in a 10-minute span, including two of four goals by redshirt sophomore Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.), who also had an assist in the game.

After the teams exchanged goals, Cal mounted a comeback, scoring three man-up goals when DU received its fourth and fifth yellow cards of the game.

Leading by two goals, Denver got the ball off a Cal turnover with 3:44 remaining and held onto it despite constant pressure by the Golden Bears defense. Secora iced the game with an empty net goal with three seconds left on the clock.

Junior goalkeeper Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.) made seven saves, including six in the second half. Denver outshot Cal 32-25 and held a 14-9 advantage on draw controls.

Sophomore defender Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) caused six turnovers in the game, the most highest mark by a Pioneer this season, and sophomore Alex Befus (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded two goals, an assist and seven draw controls, the most by a DU player since Ali Flury had seven against Colgate on March 15, 2008.

Denver concludes its regular season against Oregon at Peter Barton Stadium on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. MT. The winner will claim the No. 2 seed in the MPSF Tournament, and the game will be webcast live on Pioneer Vision.

The Pioneers will honor seniors Lauren Benner (Arnold, Md.), Carrie Gamper (Towson, Md.), Karin Hart (Centennial, Colo.), Kelsey McDowell (Rydal, Penn.) and Tulley Stapp (Denver, Colo.) prior to the game.

The MPSF Tournament will be held at St. Mary's with the semifinal on April 29 and the championship on May 1. Stanford has clinched the No. 1 seed.

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