DENVER - Despite three goals from sophomore Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario), the No. 8/10 University of Denver Pioneers fell 12-9 to visiting No. 4 Loyola on Saturday evening in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,547 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
"All the credit needs to go to Loyola," said head coach Bill Tierney. "They are a great team and they really out-played us tonight. We didn't play up to our potential. This game is a point of emphasis for us as we head into the final weeks of our season."
The Pioneers (7-4, 3-2 ECAC) also got two goals and two assists from Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.). Juniors Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) and Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) added one goal and one assist each. Freshmen Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a goal each in the loss.
Junior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) tallied an assist and led the Crimson and Gold with 14 ground balls and 21 won face-offs. Senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) added an assist. Sophomore Matt Kramer (Littleton, Colo.) led Denver with three caused turnovers and freshman goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made 12 saves in the loss.
Denver outshot Loyola 39-34 (11-0, 5-0 ECAC) and won 21-of-25 face-offs. The Greyhounds' went 4-of-25 on face-offs. Denver grabbed 32 ground balls while Loyola had 24.
Loyola opened up the scoring with goals from Davis Butts and Pat Byrnes. Denver cut the lead to 2-1 on Flint's goal, but Loyola responded with a goal from Scott Ratliff. Law added a goal for the Pioneers and Sean O'Sullivan scored for the Greyhounds as Loyola held a 4-2 advantage after the first quarter.
Mike Sawyer made it 5-2 for the Greyhounds to start the second, but Denver answered with three straight goals from Berg, Demopoulos and Noble. Sawyer added his second of the night for a 6-5 Loyola lead at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, Patrick Fanshaw struck first for the Greyhounds but Denver answered with three-straight goals from Demopoulos, Noble and Adamson to tie the game. Loyola responded with three unanswered of its own from Nikko Pontrello, Eric Lusby and Justin Ward to finish the third quarter up 10-8.
Lusby added his second of the night just past the halfway mark of the fourth quarter. Noble recorded a hat trick at 1:54 to cut the Greyhound lead to two, but Sawyer completed a hat trick of his own with a man-up goal with 21 seconds left in the game.
The Pioneers take on Fairfield in their final road game of the season on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. MT. A live blog will be available through DenverPioneers.com.
- With his two-goal, two-assist performance, Demopoulos extended his point-scoring streak to 46 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. Demopoulos has scored 80 goals and recorded 72 assists during the streak.
- Matthews has tallied a point in 40 straight games, ranking him tied for fifth with 154 points during the streak. Matthews 39 game goal-streak was snapped in the Denver loss. He tallied 107 goals during the streak.
- The Pioneers' 10-game home-field winning streak was snapped in the loss.
- Carraro recorded 21 faceoff wins in the game. This is Carraro's third career game with 20 or more face-off wins.
- LaPlante recorded 12 saves in the Denver loss. He now has three double-digit save games in his career.
- Tonight's attendance of 2,547 ties the second highest Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium attendance. The record for most fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium is 2,575.
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