LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Led by a five-goal performance from Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), the No. 5/5 University of Denver Pioneers defeated the Bellarmine Knights 15-9 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
The win improves the Pioneers to 10-2 on the season, 5-0 in Eastern College Athletic Conference play, while the loss drops Bellarmine to 4-10, 0-5 in ECAC play. The win also secures the Pioneers their second consecutive ECAC Regular Season Title and earns them the No. 1 seed heading into the ECAC Tournament on May 5 and 7.
"I am proud of the way our guys battled with the rainy conditions today to come away with a great win against a very tough opponent," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Bellarmine is a great team and they really made us work extra hard. It's nice to have won the ECAC regular season title, but we still have our work cut out for us with Fairfield next weekend and then the ECAC Tournament, which will determine who will make it into the NCAA Tournament."
Along with Matthew's five goals, the junior finished with two assists for seven points, one shy of tying the all-time DI single-game record. Fellow junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) finished with four points off two goals and two assists, while sophomores Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) and Hayden Schuette (Encinitas, Calif.) and freshman Harrison Archer (Washington D.C.) all finished with two goals apiece.
Sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) won the face-off battle, winning 15-of-28, while freshman Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) finished with 11 saves, his third consecutive double-digit save performance.
Denver led the way in shots (42 to 36), ground balls (39 to 31), saves (11 to 7) and face-offs (15-28 to 13-28).
Colton Clark led the Knights with four points off one goal and three assists, while Lance Robinson finished with two points off one goal and one assist. Goalkeeper Dillon Ward finished with seven saves.
Up next, the Pioneers return home to host their final ECAC regular season game of the season, welcoming Fairfield University to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. MT. Fans can follow the game via Pioneer Vision, Live Stats and DU's interactive in-game blog through CoverItLive, all through DenverPioneers.com.
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