April 21, 2013

Denver Clinches Top Seed in MPSF Tournament

from press release

MORAGA, Calif. – University of Denver sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) set the DU and MPSF record with nine assists and added a hat trick, while redshirt senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) recorded nine points off four goals and five assists to tie the Denver record for all-time points, as the Pioneers downed St. Mary's 20-9 on Sunday afternoon.

The victory clinches the No. 1 seed for the Pioneers (15-1, 7-0 MPSF) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament and extends Denver's winning streak to 13 games.

Remenapp's nine assists were two more than DU's previous record, which was recorded by four different Pioneers, including Secora who was the last to do it on April 11, 2011. Remenapp was just one assist shy of the NCAA record of 10, set by Northwestern's Hannah Nielsen against Duquesne on Feb. 17, 2009. Remenapp has 62 assists this season, a Denver record and the sixth most in NCAA history.

Remenapp, who is on the Tewaaraton Award watch list, also was one point shy of DU's record, set by All-American Kristie Leggio who had 13 points against Harvard on March 27, 2007.

Secora now has 255 career points off 155 goals and 100 assists, matching Karen Morton (2006-09) as DU's all-time scoring leaders.

"That was a great way to secure the No. 1 seed with our entire team participating on the field," head coach Liza Kelly said.

Junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and freshman Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario) scored four goals each, while junior Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) added a hat trick. Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made a career-high 13 saves, surrendering only six goals in 46:48 of game time.

St. Mary's (4-9, 2-6 MPSF) jumped to a 1-0 lead just 89 seconds into the contest, but the Pioneers responded with three-straight and six of the next seven goals.

With 4:20 remaining in the first half, the Gaels trailed by only four goals, but DU scored the game's next six goals and cruised to the victory.

The Pioneers conclude the regular season against Oregon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday at 5 p.m. MT, in a game that will be webcast live on Pioneer Vision. Prior to the game, Denver will honor seniors Alex Befus (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Jessica Gring (Baltimore, Md.), Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) and Secora.

The MPSF Tournament will be played in Eugene, Ore., from May 2-4.

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