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DENVER - The No. 11/12 University of Denver men's lacrosse team enters postseason play this week as it hosts the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament, May 2 and May 4, at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers will open play on Wednesday, May 2, as they take on top-seeded Loyola (Md.) at 5 p.m. MT. The second semifinal puts Ohio State against Fairfield, with a trip to the ECAC Championship game on the line.
Both ECAC Tournament semifinal games on May 2 will be broadcast live on Pioneer Vision for free. The ECAC Championship will be broadcast live on ESPNU. A live blog through CoverItLive, as well as Live Stats will be available for fans who wish to stay updated on all three games.
An All-Session Pass that includes all three games is available for $20 for adults, $15 for kids (12 and under). A Wednesday Session Pass is also available for the two semifinal games for $15 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under). Tickets for the championship game on May 4 are available for $10 for adults, $7 for kids (12 and under). Students from any college who present a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $5 for any game.
The Crimson and Gold will look to avenge a regular-season conference loss to the Greyhounds, as Loyola defeated Denver 12-9 on April 14 at Peter Barton Stadium. Following the loss, the Pioneers dropped to 2-1 all-time against Loyola, and 1-1 in games played at home.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola suffered its first defeat of the 2012 season last weekend, as Johns Hopkins outlasted the Greyhounds 10-9 in overtime. Loyola enters Wednesday's semifinal contest as the league's top team, boasting the nation's second-best winning percentage (.923) this season, as well as the country's third-best man-up offense (.514). The Greyhounds are led by Mike Sawyer, who ranks third in the country in goals per game (3.15) and 15th in points per game (3.85). As has been the case with most ECAC teams this season, the Greyhounds are able to score often, as they are ranked third in the nation in scoring margin (4.85). The offensive attack is complimented by an aggressive defense that causes nearly 10 turnovers per game, a stat that ranks Loyola fifth in the nation.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
Senior Mark Matthews leads the Pioneers with 53 points on 37 goals and 16 assists. Matthews is on a 42-game point scoring streak that ranks him tied for fifth in the nation. Matthews ranks 11th in the nation in points per game and sixth in the nation in goals per game. The senior also ranks second in the nation among active goal scorers with 145 career goals and fourth in the nation among active point-getters with 205 career points. Senior Alex Demopoulos is second on the team with 39 points, while junior Eric Law has recorded 37 points. After tallying two assists this past weekend against No. 3/4 Duke, Demopoulos extended his point-scoring streak to 48 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. Demopoulos has scored 82 goals and recorded 75 assists during the streak. Demopoulos is tied for seventh in the nation among active assist makers with 78 career assists and is fifth in the nation among point-getters with 168 career points. Junior Chase Carraro leads the DU face-off corps with a 62.6 face-off percentage, having won 174-of-278 face-offs. Denver has out-scored its opponents 159-110 through 13 games so far and holds a 259-160 advantage in points.
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