DENVER - The No. 13/18 University of Denver men's lacrosse team will host the 11th Annual DU Face-Off Classic this weekend, welcoming Air Force, Manhattan and Jacksonville to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
The Classic opens with a game between Air Force and Manhattan at 11 a.m., followed by the Pioneers' game against Jacksonville at 1:30 p.m. Sunday's action opens with the Falcons taking on the Dolphins of Jacksonville at 11 a.m., while the Pioneers will take on the Jaspers of Manhattan at 1:30 p.m..
Fans can follow the game live via Live Stats and the Pioneers' inter-active in-game blog through CoverItLive, all through www.DenverPioneers.com.
Season tickets are still available for $58 for adults and $30 for children (12-under). Individual game tickets are also available for $9 with children ages two and under free (must sit on a lap). Individual game tickets for the Notre Dame game are $15. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card. For more information about season and individual game tickets, call 303-871-2336.
Denver and Jacksonville will meet for just the second time in program history. Last season the Dolphins defeated the Pioneers 13-12 in triple overtime in the program's first season as an NCAA DI lacrosse program. DU is 3-0 against Manhattan in the all-time standings. Both teams last met on Feb. 25, 2006 as the Pioneers defeated the Jaspers 19-2 in the Face-Off Classic.
THE FACE-OFF CLASSIC
Denver is 15-5 all-time in the Face-Off Classic, while Air Force is 5-15 all-time. Jacksonville will make the trip for the first time, while Manhattan has a 2-2 mark when competing in the Classic at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Air Force is 0-2 when facing the Jaspers in the Face-Off Classic.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in their second year as an NCAA DI lacrosse program and come to the Mile-High City with a 1-1 mark on the season. The Dolphins opened the season with a 15-12 loss at Georgetown and are coming off a 24-4 domination of Mercer. Bobby Stockton leads JU with six goals, while Jeremy Tissenbaum, TJ Kenary and Cameron Mann all have four goals. Goalkeeper Peter DeLuca has logged over 98 minutes in goal and has a 50.0 save percentage and a 10.33 goals-against average. William Vogt is 25-of-38 on face-offs and leads the team with 15 groundballs. The Dolphins are averaging 18.00 goals per game and a 53.0 shot-on-goal percentage. JU is also averaging a national-best 51.5 groundballs per game and have caused 11 turnovers.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
The Pioneers are led by sophomore Cameron Flint who has four goals and two assists for six points. Junior Mark Matthews is second on the team with four points on three goals and one assist. Freshman goalkeeper Jamie Faus is tied for the lead on the team with seven groundballs and has made 24 saves so far this season. Redshirt junior Brendan DeBlois is tied with Faus with seven groundballs and leads the Pioneers with six caused turnovers. The Pioneers have a 67.6 shot-on-goal percentage and a 9.00 goals-per-game average. Denver has been 85.7 percent effective on clears and has scooped up an average of 27.5 groundballs per game.
FLINT AND FAUS HONORED
In the second week of action sophomore Cameron Flint and freshman Jamie Faus were honored by the ECAC for their outstanding performance. Flint was named the Offensive Player of the week after scoring four goals and registering one assist for five points in the Pioneers 11-6 win over visiting Vermont. Flint finished the day with a 57.1 shooting percentage and an 85.7 shot-on-goal percentage.
Faus was named the Rookie of the Week after posting his first collegiate win in his second start with an 11-save effort against the Catamounts. Faus played 57 minutes, allowing only five goals to finish with a 5.23 goals-against-average and a 68.8 save percentage, while also recording four ground balls.
The Pioneers have two starters that joined the team as walk-ons. Senior Andrew Lay and junior Patrick Rogers were consistent performers for the Pioneers last season. Rogers was fourth on the team in scoring with 20 goals and also scored one or more goals in 10 straight games. Lay amassed 12 goals for the year, including five man-up goals, to go along with five assists for 17 points.
The Pioneers opened the 2011 season ranked No. 12/13 in the preseason polls. Last season, DU jumped on the national scene climbing the polls to its highest ranking of the season at No. 9. Denver opened the 2010 season, its first under head coach Bill Tierney, ranked No. 18. Currently, the Pioneers are ranked No. 13/18 in the polls.
The Pioneers finished the 2010 season ranked second in the nation in shot percentage (.357), 10th in man-up offense (.449), 11th in assists per game (7.0) and 15th in scoring offense (11.06). Denver's 12-5 overall mark was also the eighth best winning percentage (.706) in the nation. Individually, sophomore Alex Demopoulos (.507) and freshman Cameron Flint (.479) ranked third and sixth, respectively in shot percentage.
Currently, Denver ranks 12th in the nation in man-up offense (.429), 29th in scoring offense (9.0), 11th in saves per game (12.5), sixth in caused turnovers (12.5) and 27th in shot percentage (.265).
LEAVING A MARK
In just two seasons, sophomore Mark Matthews has amassed 66 career goals and has steadily climbed up the Pioneers' DI record books in career goals (66-4th) and points (86-8th). Matthews is just 47 goals away from taking over the top spot on the career goals list. Assistant coach Matt Brown leads the way with 113 goals that he accumulated from 2002-05 as a member of the Pioneers.
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