DENVER - The No. 6/7 University of Denver men's lacrosse team returns home to take part in the Eighth Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown this weekend at INVESCO Field at Mile-High. The Pioneers will face ECAC foe Ohio State at 3 p.m. MT. Following the Pioneers' game, Colorado State's club lacrosse team will play the University Colorado's club lacrosse team at 6 p.m.
Fans can follow the game live via Live Stats and the Pioneers' interactive in-game blog CoverItLive through DenverPioneers.com.
Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance, $12 the day of the game, and can be purchased through www.TicketMaster.com. More information can be found at www.LacrosseShowdown.com.
EIGHTH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN LACROSSE SHOWDOWN
This is the third consecutive year in that the Pioneers will host a game at INVESCO Field. Last season, Denver took part in the Seventh Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown, hosting Loyola. The Pioneers defeated the Greyhounds 12-4 to finish the ECAC season with a perfect 7-0 record and win the regular season Conference Championship.
The Pioneers hold a 5-8 record when playing against the Buckeyes, but are 3-3 when play in the Mile-High city. Last season the Pioneers stole a 10-9 last second victory from Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The Ohio State Buckeyes come into this weekend's match-up with a 6-5 overall record, 1-1 in conference play. The Buckeyes are coming off an 11-4 win over Hobart this pas weekend that ended a four game losing streak. Logan Schuss leads the Buckeyes with 24 goals and 13 assists for 37 points, while Jeff Tundo is second on the team with 31 points off 21 goals and 10 assists. The face-off tandem of Shawn Kaplan and Trey Wikes will provide a one-two punch for the Buckeyes with a 46.1 and a 47.3 face-off winning percentage, respectively. Goalkeeper Greg Dutton has a 5-5 record between the pipes and is posting a 53.7 save percentage to go along with an 8.16 goals against average. OSU is averaging 31.1 shots per game and 10.00 goals per game.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
Juniors Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) leads the Pioneers with 26 goals and is second on the team with 14 assists for 40 points, while junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) has 21 goals and leads the way with 16 assists for 37 points. Rounding out the Pioneers' attack group is senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) with 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. Sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) leads the Pioneers' face-off group with a 59.2 face-off winning percentage (116-196) and 53 groundballs. Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) has 83 saves on the season for a 52.9 save percentage and has a 8.71 goals against average. The Pioneers are averaging 20.89 points per game, ranking them first in the nation. Denver is averaging 13.11 goals per game and is ranked second in the nation in scoring offense. Denver also is ranked third in man-up offense with a 51.2 scoring percentage with the man-advantage. Denver has scored 21 man-up goals so far this season. The Pioneers are averaging 39.44 ground balls per game, third best in the nation, and 9.78 caused turnovers per game, 10th best in the nation.
TOPS IN THE NATION
Junior Mark Matthews is 16th in the nation among active goal scorers with 89 career goals. Stony Brook's Jordan McBride leads the way with 153 career goals.
CAN I GET A HAT TRICK?
Junior Mark Matthews has 16 career hat tricks to his name, five of those coming in the 2011 season alone, including five goals against Hofstra on April 2. Fellow attackman Alex Demopoulos has 10 career hat tricks, three so far this season.
Junior Alex Demopoulos is currently on a 27-game point scoring streak coming into this weekend's game. Demopoulos is tied for 10th in the nation among active consecutive-game scorers. Demopoulos has scored 57 goals and recorded 41 assist for 98 points during the streak that began on Feb. 19, 2010. Junior Mark Matthews has recorded a point in 21 consecutive games, ranking 25th. Matthews' streak began on March 16, 2010 and he has recorded 58 goals and 25 assists for 83 points. Bryan Neufeld from Sienna leads the nation with a 46-game point-scoring streak (102 goals, 33 assists) that started on Feb. 20, 2009.
Matthews is ranked third in the nation among active scorers with a 21-game goal scoring streak. Matthews has scored 58 goals in 21 consecutive games, in a streak that began on March 16, 2010. Virginia's Chris Bocklet leads the way with a 29-game consecutive goal-scoring streak (80 goals).
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