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Pioneers Drop Heartbreaker to Big Red
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 03/20/2012

HEMPSTEAD, N.J. - The No. 8/9 University of Denver men's lacrosse team dropped another overtime heartbreaker as it fell 9-8 to No. 3/4 Cornell University on Tuesday evening from James M. Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.

"From a results standpoint, we are obviously disappointed about the last two games," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We now know, however, that we are up to the task of competing with the best and look forward to the second half of our season. The pieces are in place to make another serious run for ECAC and National Titles. I am proud of how our team handled themselves in reaction to our loss to Notre Dame and bounced back to give Cornell a great battle."


Senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) led the Pioneers with three goals, his 24th hat trick of his career. Also scoring for the Pioneers were juniors Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) and Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.), sophomores Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Paul Danko (Towson, Md.) and freshman Wes Berg (New Westminster, B.C.), as all chipped in a goal apiece.

Junior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) finished with two assists, while senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) kept his consecutive-games-with-a-point streak alive with one assist. Demopoulos has recorded a point in 42 straight games, ranking him second in the nation.

Also chipping in with assists was Flint, Carraro and sophomore Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.)

Freshman goalkeeper Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made eight saves and finished with five ground balls in his first collegiate game. LaPlante replaced injured goalkeeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.), who went down with an injury during the Pioneers' 10-9 loss to Notre Dame in triple overtime on Sunday.

Carraro led the face-off battle for the Pioneers, winning 13-of-19 face-offs for a 68.4 winning percentage.

Denver held the advantage in ground balls (35-29), but Cornell held a 41-35 shot advantage over the Pioneers.

Max Van Bourgondien led the Big Red with three goals, while Chris Langton netted two goals and an assists, including the game-winner. Goalkeeper Andrew West made 12 saves.

Cornell jumped on the board first with 8:33 left to play in the first quarter, but the Pioneers answer as Flint netted his ninth goal of the season off a pass from Carraro. The Big Red then rattled off two goals to start the second quarter, before Matthews answered with his 18th of the season with 6:09 left to play in the half. Cornell took a 3-2 lead heading into halftime.

Matthews then scored his 19th goal of the season a little over five minutes into the third quarter off a pass from Demopoulos to tie the game at 3-3. Cornell's J.J. Gibane answered with goal with 6:27 left and then Matthews retaliated with his 20th of the season just 19 seconds later to tie the game at 4-4.

Berg put the Pioneers 5-4 with 3:31 left in the fourth quarter as he scored his eighth goal of the season, but Van Bourgondien scored two in a row to put the Big Red back up by one, 6-5. Danko evened things up at 6-6 with his second man-up goal of the season off a pass from Flint with 11:26 remaining.

Both teams traded goals until the Pioneers took the one-goal advantage with 2:58 remaining as Noble scored his eighth goal of the season off a pass from Law. The Big Red tied the game for the final time with six seconds remaining in regulation as Steve Mock scored off a feed from Langton. Langton provided the game-winner with 2:55 left in the first overtime period as Mock provided the assist.

Next up, the Pioneers head to USAFA, Colo., to take on the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. MT. A Live Blog through CoverItLive, will be available at


-      With his three goals, senior Mark Matthews now has 24 career hat tricks, ranking him second in the nation for career hat tricks.

-      Matthews is also second in the nation among active scorers with 128 career goals.

-      With his three goals, Matthews now has scored a goal in 36 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. He has tallied 97 goals during the streak.

-      With his one assist, senior Alex Demopoulos extended his point-scoring streak to 42 straight games, ranking him second in the nation. Demopoulos has scored 75 goals and recorded 65 assists during the streak.

-      Sophomore Jeremy Noble completed against his twin brother Jason Noble for the first time ever. Noble finished the day with one goal on two shots.

-      Freshman Ryan LaPlante played in his first collegiate game, making eight saves and tallying five ground balls. LaPlante replaced injured goalie Jamie Faus.

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