DENVER - The University of Denver men's lacrosse team ends it four-game road stand this weekend as it travels to USAFA, Colo., for its 46th meeting all-time with the Air Force Falcons. The Pioneers will face-off with their in-state rival on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. MT at Falcons Stadium.
The Crimson and Gold are 12-2 against the Falcons since joining the Division I ranks in 1999. DU has yet to record a road loss to Air Force since the 1999 season and is looking for its fourth straight victory in the teams' all-time series.
Live Stats and a live interactive in-game blog through CoverItLive will be available for Saturday's contest, all through DenverPioneers.com. The Air Force Falcons will have a life web broadcast of the game. Fans on Twitter can also follow the action via DU_MLAX.
The Pioneers hold a 12-2 advantage in the teams' all-time series dating back to 1999. Denver has gone 9-1 during the last 10 contests played against Air Force, with the lone loss coming in April of 2009. The Pioneers have not allowed Air Force to score more than seven goals in any of the teams' five meetings in USAFA, Colo.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Air Force Falcons come into their match-up with the Pioneers with a 3-3 record, having won three of their last four games. Keith Dreyer is the backbone of an Air Force team that is ranked second in the NCAA in man-up offense (0.65 goals per game) and third in assists (8.67 per game). Dreyer has carried much of the offensive load for the Falcons as he ranks 10th in the NCAA in points (4.33 per game) and third in assists (2.83 per game). As a team, Air Force is top 10 in the nation in points (20.17 per game), led by Mike Crampton's 2.1 goals per game.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
Senior Mark Matthews leads the Pioneers with 30 points so far this season on 20 goals and 10 assists. The Tewaaraton Award nominee is on a 36-game goal scoring streak, ranking him second in the nation behind Joe Resetarits from Albany. Matthews is also on a 36-game point scoring streak that ranks him tied for sixth in the nation. Senior Alex Demopoulos ranks second on the team with 22 points, while junior Erik Law sits in third with 21 points. Law is second on the team, having recorded 15 goals this season. Junior Chase Carraro leads the face-off corps with a .641 face-off percentage, having won 93-of-145 face-offs. Denver has out-scored its opponents 89-58 through seven games so far and holds a 247-228 advantage in points.
TOPS IN THE NATION
Senior Mark Matthews is second in the nation among active goal scorers with 128 career goals. Siena's Bryan Neufeld leads the way with 137 goals scored. Senior Alex Demopoulos is 15th in the nation with 83 career goals.
CAN I ASSIST YOU?
Senior Alex Demopoulos is tied for sixth in the nation among active assist makers with 68 career assists. Cornell's Rob Pannell leads the way with 149 career assists. Senior Mark Matthews is 13th in the nation with 54 career assists.
CAN I GET A HAT TRICK?
Senior Mark Matthews has recorded 24 hat tricks in four-year career at DU, ranking him tied for second in the nation among active goal scorers. Matthews' is tied with Harvard's Jeff Cohen, while Siena's Bryan Neufeld leads the way with 26 career hat tricks. Senior Alex Demopoulos is tied for 17th with 11 career hat tricks.
GOING NATIONAL STREAKING
Senior Alex Demopoulos is currently on a 42-game point scoring streak, ranking him second in the nation among active consecutive-game scorers. Demopoulos has scored 75 goals and recorded 65 assists for 140 points during the streak that began on Feb. 19, 2010. Senior Mark Matthews has recorded a point in 36 consecutive games and is tied for sixth. During his streak that began on March 16, 2010, Matthews has scored 97 goals and recorded 43 assists for 140 points. Rob Pannell from Cornell leads the nation with a 54-game point-scoring streak (103 goals, 149 assists, 251 points) that started on Feb. 21, 2009.
Matthews is also ranked second in the nation among active scorers with a 36-game goal scoring streak, tallying 97 goals during the streak that started on March 16, 2010. Albany's Joe Resetarits leads the way with a 39-game goal scoring streak, having tallied 95 goals during a streak that started on Feb. 25, 2009.
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