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[5/5] Denver Uses Second-Half Run to Top Providence, 13-9

April 18, 2015

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DENVER -- Tewaaraton Watch List member Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored three and had two helpers on Senior Day to lead the [5/5] University of Denver men's lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon in the 22nd sellout at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (2,676). Denver's all-time points and goals leader's hat trick was the 24 of his career and his fifth of the 2015 campaign. 

Recent Tewaaraton Watch List addition Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) did what he's done for Denver (10-2, 4-0 BIG EAST)all season, winning 22-of-24 faceoffs in the win. Fellow Tewaaraton Watch List member Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Tyler Pace (Coquitlam, B.C.) also had hat tricks on Saturday, the 12th (8th this season) and sixth (second this season) of their careers, respectively. Saturday marked the third game this year the Pioneers have had three players score hat tricks in the same game. 

Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) added four points on two goals and two helpers. 

Providence (4-9, 0-4 BIG EAST) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the final 3:03 of the period and shutting out the Pioneers offense in the first quarter. 

Pace got Denver on the board, scoring his first of two goals in a 3-0 run the Pioneers put together to start the second stanza. Berg added a man-up goal, his 29th tally of the season, to sandwich in-between Pace's two goals of the quarter to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead with 11:30 to play in the half. Providence responded however, ending the half with a 3-0 run of their own in the final 4:31 of the quarter to take a 5-3 lead into the locker room. 

Denver outshot Providence 22-9 in the first half, including 11-6 on goal. The Pioneers also held a 15-6 edge in ground balls and Baptiste won 8-of-10 of the opening half faceoffs. 

After being held scoreless in the first half, Connor Cannizzaro scored a third quarter hat trick in the course of Denver's 5-0 run in the first 5:02 of the second half. Berg and Baptiste scored the other two goals in the run. Adamson added the sixth goal of the quarter with his 23rd of the season to give Denver a 9-6 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes. 

Miller answered an early fourth-quarter Providence goal with his 16th of the campaign off a feed from Berg. Pace completed his hat trick with a man-up goal with 8:55 to play in the fourth to make it 11-7.Berg and Miller's second of the quarter rounded out the scoring for the Pioneers in their 10th win of the campaign.   

Denver finished the game outshooting Providence 37-13, including 22-7 in the second 30 minutes. The Pioneers, as a team, won 23-of-25 faceoffs, including all 15 in the second half, and held a 37-13 edge in ground balls. 

Denver will wrap-up its 2015 regular season slate on Saturday at Marquette at 12 p.m. MT, a clash that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network. The 2015 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Tournament will once again visit Villanova, Pa., starting on April 30. The two semifinal matchups will be streamed on The BIG EAST Digital Network, while the May 2nd Championship will air nationally on Fox Sports 2. 

Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 NCAA Quarterfinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Fans can purchase tickets for the quarterfinal games at the link here.

Notes:

  • Bill Tierney is now 348-118 all-time (31st season) and 76-25 at DU (sixth season).
  • Denver stretched its home-winning streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the nation. 15 games is also tied for the 18th-longest home winning streak in NCAA history.
  • Saturday's win gives Denver 10 on the season, the Pioneers eighth Division I (1999) season with double-digit wins, and the fifth double-digit win season in the last six years.
  • Wes Berg increased his team-leading active-point streak to 31 games (entered week 14th in nation), while Zach Miller increased his to 30 (entered week 16th in the nation).
  • With four points today, Connor Cannizzaro (60 on season) moved into seventh on Denver's single-season points list (record is 78).
  • With one assists today, Cannizzaro (24) moved into sixth on Denver's single-season assists list (36).
  • With two assists today, Zach Miller (25) moved into fifth on Denver's single-season assists list (36).
  • With 22 faceoff wins today, Trevor Baptiste (202) moved into fourth on Denver's single-season faceoff wins list (242).
  • Denver is now 31-9 as a top-5 team, including 11-2 as the No. 5 team.

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