March 15, 2012

Secora Leads Denver Rout Over Quinnipiac

from press release

DENVER - Led by two goals and four assists from redshirt-junior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.), the University of Denver women's lacrosse team defeated Quinnipiac 19-6 on Thursday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

"We played a full 60 minutes which is rare," head coach Liza Kelly said. "A lot of new players were able to come out and show what they've got. We made adjustments to the draw and that made a big difference today."

The Crimson and Gold (3-1) outshot the Bobcats (1-2) 39-15, including 16-4 in the second half. Denver also held a 17-10 advantage in draw controls and a 14-9 edge in groundballs.

Junior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) led the Denver defense with six ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while collecting five draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.) improved to 3-1 on the season, stopping eight shots in the win.

Senior Melissa Maier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), junior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) all had hat tricks for the Pioneers.

The Crimson and Gold grabbed an early 2-0 lead 1:14 into the contest. Quinnipiac tied it at 3-3 with 23:08 to play before halftime, but Denver maintained the upper hand throughout the first half, outshooting the Bobcats 24-11 and led 12-5 at intermission.

The Pioneers' domination continued into the second half, as Denver kept Quinnipiac scoreless for the first 29:19. Freshman Natalie Foerster (Centennial, Co.) scored her first-career goal with 6:41 to play, capping of a 9-0 run for the Crimson and Gold. Denver outshot Quinnipiac 16-4 in the second half.

The Pioneers travel to Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, March 21 to take on California at 5 p.m. MT, and Hofstra on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. MT.

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