GENEVA, N.Y. – The No. 4/4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team had three student-athletes finish with hat tricks to help the Pioneers to a 14-5 win over Hobart on the road in Geneva, N.Y., at Boswell Field on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Pioneers to 7-2 on the season, 3-0 in Eastern College Athletics Conference play, while Hobart falls to 4-5 on the season, 1-2 in league play.
The Pioneers’ 7-2 start matches Denver’s best start to a season since 2011.
“We’re happy with the win,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “More importantly, it was a complete team effort from every player on the team as we prepared for and played this game. Our goalies were fantastic and Harley did an outstanding job filling in for Drew.”
Sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) led the Pioneers with five points off three goals and two assists, bringing his career hat trick total to nine. Berg now has 29 goals on the season, leading the Pioneers. Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with four points off three goals and an assist, while senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) finished with three goals for his 10th career hat trick.
Also scoring for the Pioneers was freshman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md.) with two goals, while senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.), junior Bailey Dodds (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Connor Pagnani (Nashville, Tenn.) all chipped in one goal each.
Along with his goal, Carraro also finished with eight ground balls, while winning 15-of-21 face-offs. Filling in for injured defenseman Drew Babb (Denver, Colo.), junior Harley Brown (New Canaan, Conn.) finished with three goals and caused two turnovers.
Denver opened the scoring as Flint netted his 12th goal of the season with 12:29 left in the quarter. Hobart’s Alex Love tied the game with 9:45 on the clock with his 31st goal of the season, before Carraro scored his first of the season just six seconds later. Hobart’s Taylor Vanderbeek tied it at 2-2 with 6:59 left in the quarter, before Flint netted his second of the game just 37 second later. Koerber gave DU a 3-2 advantage seven seconds later as he scored his 15th of the season.
The Pioneers made it 4-2 less than three minutes into the second quarter as Koerber scored his second of the game, 15th of the season off a pass from senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.). Hobart scored back-to-back goals to cut the Pioneers’ lead to 5-4 before The Pioneers scored three straight to close out the quarter with an 8-4 lead.
Adamson gave the Pioneers a 9-4 advantage within the first three minutes of the third quarter. Love answered for Hobart less than a minute later to make it 9-5, however the Pioneers scored two straight goals to take an 11-5 lead heading into the fourth.
Denver extended its lead to 12-5 with 3:03 left in the game as Berg scored his third of the game, 29th of the season. The Pioneers scored less than two minutes later as Dodds scored his first goal of the season off a pass from freshman Tom Moore (West Islip, N.Y.). Pagnani scored the final goal of the game with eight seconds remaining to seal the 14-5 win.
Love led Hobart with two goals, while three others scored a goal each. Goalie Peter Zonino made 13 saves on the day.
Denver held the advantage in shots (45-32), ground balls (28-22) and face-offs (15-of-23 to 8-of-23). Denver was also able to score on two of its four man-up opportunities.
Next up, the Pioneers return home to host non-conference opponent Marquette on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. MT at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Fans can watch the game live on Pioneer Vision and listen live on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Live Stats will also be offered at DenverPioneers.com.
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