[1/1] Denver Pulls Away from Furman, 10-5
Berg's first-half hat trick and LaPlante's 19 saves lead Pioneers in second game in two days
Feb. 22, 2015
USAFA, Colo.- Senior captain Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored four goals to lead the [1/1] University of Denver men's lacrosse team to a 10-5 win over Furman on Sunday afternoon at the Holaday Athletic Center on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy.
Senior goaltender Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) set a new career-high with 19 saves on Sunday, including 12 in the first half. LaPlante's save mark is the second-most saves made in a single-game in DU history (Jeff Nunziato 21 at Virginia on 4/28/03).
The two teams played to a scoreless first quarter that sawFurman outshoot Denver 16-5, forcing eight saves from DU's senior goalkeeper. Both teams only had three possessions in a very quick first quarter (18 minutes).
Berg got Denver (3-0) on the board 2:28 into the second quarter from the door step off a beautiful feed from behind the cage from Connor Cannizzaro. Chesapeake Bayhawks draftee Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) doubled the advantage with 9:09 remaining to give Denver a 2-0 lead. Berg completed a first half hat trick with two goals in eight seconds to give Denver a 4-0 lead with 3:35 to play.
Furman scored two goals to start the second half to cut the Pioneers' intermission lead in half before Berg clipped the inside of the post before his shot from 10-yards out tickled the twine to make it 5-2. Pace made it 6-2 off the feed from freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) on the following possession before Furman.
The Paladins scored back-to-back goals within 15 seconds of eachother in the final minute of the third to cut the lead to 6-4 after three quarters of play.
Pace grabbed the first goal of the fourth quarter for Denver to stretch the lead back to three, before Furman's Robbie Betchley cut the lead back to two at 7-5 with exactly 10 minutes to play. Connor Cannizzaro got a man-up goal followed by a quick Adamson goal to stretch Denver's lead back to four at 9-5 with 6:40 to play. The Cannizzao brothers linked up for Denver's 10th goal of the afternoon as Connor fed Sean.
2015 Frontier Airlines Faceoff Classic All-Tournament Team
· Bill Tierney is now 341-116 all-time (31st season) and 69-23 at DU (sixth season)
· Wes Berg increased him team-leading active-point streak to 22 games (entered week 20th in nation), while Zach Miller increased his to 21 (entered week 21st in the nation).
· Connor Cannizzaro is Denver's first player to 10 goals on the season.
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