DENVER – The No. 3/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Marquette 15-4 in front of a crowd of 2,029 Friday evening at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win brings the Pioneers to 8-2, while Marquette falls to 2-6.
Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) scored four goals to tally his 10th career hat-trick and his fourth game with four goals or more. He now has 22 goals on the season. Sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) recorded two goals, bringing his tally to 31 on the season. He also added an assist.
Four Pioneer goalkeepers combined for 10 saves in the contest. Starting keeper sophomore Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made four saves and recorded his sixth win of the season, while junior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made five saves in 21 minutes of action. Junior goalie Erik Carter (Tucson, Ariz.) made one save in five minutes of action, while freshman goalie Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) recorded four minutes of action in his first collegiate game.
“Most importantly, we got everybody involved in the game, and we got some contributions from guys who haven't had a lot of playing time this season,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “I really feel like it was a good team win tonight. Eric performed really well. He was on the end of some great plays from his teammates, but he had a great game. He's a steady presence for us, he's a great player, and he's our leader.”
Tyler Melnyk led the Golden Eagles with two goals, while Phil McFarland and Jerry Nobile both finished with a goal each.
Law opened the scoring for the Pioneers, finding the net 1:16 into the contest on an assist from senior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.). The Golden Eagles leveled the score less than six minutes later on a goal from Nobile. The Pioneers responded with back-to-back goals to take a 3-1 lead at the end of the opening period.
Denver stretched the advantage to four on back-to-back goals from Law, taking a 5-1 lead with 4:30 remaining in the first half. Senior Tyler Simmons (Belvedere, Calif.) recorded his first career assist off Law’s third goal of the game. Marquette cut the edge to three on a goal from McFarland, but Law answered with his fourth goal of the game to give the Pioneers a 6-2 lead heading into the intermission.
Denver scored three-straight goals to bring the lead to six at 9-2, just over three minutes into the second half. Melnyk found the net six minutes into the third quarter, cutting the lead to six, but Flint answered just over a minute later. Senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Bailey Dodds (Eden Prairie, Minn.) added goals to close the period, and DU carried a 12-3 advantage into the closing frame.
Archer stretched the Pioneer lead to 10 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. Melnyk brought the edge back to single-digits with 10 minutes remaining. Freshman Hunter Gore (Plano, Texas) recorded his first career goal with three minutes left to play, before sophomore Tyler Ekeroth (San Diego, Calif.) found the net to bring give the Pioneers an 11-goal lead to finish the game.
Denver will return to action on Sunday as it takes on Eastern College Athletic Conference opponent Bellarmine at 12 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The game will be live on Pioneer Vision and 102.3 ESPN Radio. Live Stats will also be available at DenverPioneers.com. Fans can follow the action on Twitter at @DU_MLAX or by using the #DUGameDay.
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