April 13, 2014

Denver Pioneers Climb Back to Defeat Trojans 8-7

from Press Release

DENVER – University of Denver women's lacrosse sophomore Christa Reese (Lutherville, Md.) finished with four points off two goals and two assists, as the No. 20 Pioneers climbed back in the second half to top the USC Trojans 8-7 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

The Pioneers (13-1, 7-0 MPSF) extended their winning streak to 11 games, while the Trojans (7-6, 5-2 MPSF) have now lost two-straight conference games. Denver has now won 17-consecutive regular season home MPSF matchups, dating back to a 11-9 loss against Oregon on April 4, 2009.

"USC played a great game despite the weather," said head coach Liza Kelly. "We are really happy to pull out with a home win today. Defensively we did some really great things. Layne came up big for us and Hannah Hook had a great game as well. We just need to find the back of the net. That has been the theme for us this weekend with not being able to score on all our opportunities."

Freshman Layne Voorhees (Alexandria, Va.) paced the Pioneers defensively with five caused turnovers and five groundballs. Voorhees also had a draw control and a shot on goal during the game. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made nine saves

Senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) and sophomore Rachael McKinnon(Brooklin, Ontario) each finished with two goals. Harris, the reigning MPSF Offensive Player of the Week, placed five shots on goal to go with a groundball, draw control and caused turnover.

The game was a defensive battle throughout the game, and the teams ended the first half tied 4-4.

With 16:58 remaining in the game, USC's Caroline de Lyra scored to give the Trojans a 6-5 edge.

Denver responded, however, as senior Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.), McKinnon and Reese scored consecutive goals to seal the victory for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers held a 9-7 advantage in saves, while outshooting the Trojans 23-22 on the game. The Crimson and Gold went 14-of-14 in clear attempts, while USC had a 9-7 advantage on the draw.

Denver continues the current homestand as they host the California Golden Bears on Friday at 4 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcasted on Altitude Sports Network.

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