February 19, 2014

McKinnon Sparks Denver to Tidy Win Over Colorado

from press release

DENVER – University of Denver sophomore Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario, Canada) scored four goals, and redshirt junior goalie Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made nine saves without allowing a goal, propelling the No. 18 Pioneers to a 15-4 season opening win over Colorado at Peter Barton Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Sophomore Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) added a hat trick for Denver (1-0, 1-0 MPSF), while six other Pioneers recorded two points each.

"It was good to get a win against a good Colorado team," head coach Liza Kelly said. "We challenged the sophomore class to step up, and they really responded. I'm really pleased with how the defense played, and Hannah really came through for us. We weren't perfect today, and we need to learn from some of our mistakes and improve on them before we play two games on the road."

DU opened the scoring early with goals by seniors Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) and Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) in the first four minutes. McKinnon scored her first two goals of the game to give Denver a 4-0 lead with 20:08 remaining in the first half.

Freshman Nicole Martindale (Brooklin, Ontario, Canada) scored her first career goal on a free position shot at the 17:32 mark, and Lucas and McKinnon wrapped up the first half scoring to send DU to the break with a 7-0 lead.

Denver continued to dominate in the second half, getting goals by senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.), Harris, Lucas, junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), McKinnon and Etzel to take a 14-0 lead before the Buffs (1-2, 0-1 MPSF) got on the board with 7:38 remaining. Colorado finished the game on a 4-1 run, broken up by the first career goal from freshman Molly Danko (Baltimore, Md.).

Hook played just over 49 minutes without allowing a goal before giving way to freshman Maddy Stevenson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.).

Denver heads to the road for the next two games. The Pioneers will meet MPSF rival Fresno State on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT, followed by a game at Louisville on Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. MT.

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