COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 7/7 University of Denver men's lacrosse team outlasted the No. 8/11 Ohio State Buckeyes 10-9 on the road at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,745 fans. The win improves the Pioneers to 5-1 on the season, 1-0 in ECAC play and also extends their winning streak to four games. Ohio State falls to 4-1 on the season, 0-1 in ECAC play.
"I am so proud of the way our teams responded to what we asked of them the whole week leading up to this game," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We played a little sluggish to start, but responded in the second and third quarters. We knew this was going to be a tough game because Ohio State is a great team with a high-powered offense."
Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) led the Pioneers with three goals and an assist, while senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), junior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and sophomore Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) all finished with two goals each.
Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) tallied two assists, while senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored one goal. Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made eight saves and recorded the win in 30 minutes of action, while junior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made 10 saves and allowed only four goals in a half.
Ohio State's top scorer Logan Schuss was held to just two goals and an assist, while Michael Italiano also finished with two goals. Goalie Greg Dutton made nine saves, while allowing 10 goals to record his first loss of the season.
Denver held the advantage in saves, 18-9, while Ohio State led the way in shots (38-30), ground balls (26-20) and face-offs (16-of-23 to 7-of-23).
The Pioneers opened the game with a goal by Flint, his seventh of the season, with 8:26 on the clock. However, the Buckeyes answer 1:04 later as Turner Evans netted an unassisted shot to tie the game. OSU took a 2-1 advantage 28 seconds later as Schuss scores his 11th goal of the season. Denver answered with 35 second left in the first quarter as Cannizzaro netted his first of the season.
OSU broke the 2-2 tie 2:28 into second quarter action as Carter Brown scored off a pass from Schuss. DU answered with 10:03 on the clock as Noble netted the Pioneers' first man-up goal of the game off a pass from Law to tie the game at 3-3.
The Buckeye's went up 5-3 off goals from Schuss and Italiano at 8:24 and 4:29. However, the Pioneers scored three straight to close out the half as Scott, Flint and Noble all scored to give DU a 6-5 advantage heading into the locker room.
Denver extended its scoring streak heading into the third quarter as it rattled off two more goals to take an 8-5 advantage. Law scored both goals for the Pioneers in a span of 1:32.
After Ohio State scored with 2:15 left in the quarter, Law netted his third of the game over four minutes into the fourth quarter to put DU up 9-6. Ohio State's David Planning scored with 6:45 on the clock to pull within two goals, but Cannizzaro answered with his second of the season with 4:38 left to put DU back up by three.
Ohio State scored two goals in the closing minutes to put the pressure on the Pioneers, however, DU's defense and key saves by Faus sealed the win.
Up next, the Pioneers return home to take on top-ranked Notre Dame in the second annuals Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic. Opening face-off is slated for 4:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised tape-delayed on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
- The win is the fourth straight for the Pioneers this season, and fourth against a ranked opponent. DU is now 4-1 against ranks opponents.
- The win gives the Pioneers their first conference win of the season. Coach Tierney is 3-1 in conference openers since coming to DU for the 2010 season.
- Eric Law now has eight career hat tricks this season with his three-goal performance against the Buckeyes. With two assists during his time at Salisbury and his 46 career assists at DU, Law has 48 assists and is two away from being ranked 18th in the nation in career assists among active players.
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