[2/2] Denver Wins Sixth-Straight, Topping Marquette 16-8
With seven points today, freshman Ethan Walker now has 35 points during winning streak
April 29, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The [2/2] University of Denver men's lacrosse program opened the game on an 8-2 run, and never looked back as the Pioneers improved to 21-0 all-time in BIG EAST regular season play with a 16-8 victory over Marquette on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Valley Fields. These two teams will square off for the second time in five days on Thursday in the BIG EAST Semifinals in Providence, R.I. (4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT/CBS Sports Network/ESPN Denver 1600).
Freshman Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) led the Pioneers for the second-consecutive game with seven points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore Colton Jackson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added four goals of his own for his fifth career hat trick. Tewaaraton nominee Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) also tallied a hat trick for Denver, the 11th time Denver has had three different players record hat tricks in the same game since the start of the 2015 season.
Sophomore Austin French (Danville, Calif.) tied a career high in points with five on two goals and three assists. Classmate Alex Ready (Lancaster, Pa.) did his job in-between the pipes once again for Denver, saving 12 of Marquette's 19 shots on goal. Ready had double-digit saves for the 10th time in his career on Saturday.
Tewaaraton nominee Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) went 18-of-26 against one of the two faceoff men to beat him in his career in Zachary Melillo. Baptiste added a goal to his stat line in the first half, and went 8-for-10 from the dot in the second half.
Marquette opened the scoring with a tally from John Wagner, but Denver responded with four-straight in 5:14 to make it 4-1 with 4:50 to go in the first quarter. Walker scored Denver's first two and assisted Cannizzaro on the third. Jackson scored his 17th of the campaign to end the Denver first quarter run. The Golden Eagles' Andy Demichiei wrapped up the first quarter scoring to cut the Denver lead to 4-2 heading into the second 15 minutes.
The Pioneers answered the Marquette goal with its second four-goal run of the afternoon. Walker completed his eighth hat trick of his rookie season with 13:06 to go in the second quarter, the third of three goals in 63 seconds for the Pioneers. Senior Tyler Pace (Coquitlam, B.C.) netted his 12th and Baptiste scored his ninth of the season prior to Walker's tally. Junior third-line midfielder Joe Reid (Petaluma, Calif.) netted his second of the campaign to cap Denver's four-goal run of the second quarter. Denver's third-line midfield entered the second half with 16 goals in 2017.
Denver and Marquette alternated goals in the final 10:34 of the first half. Joseph Dunn and Tanner Thomson scored for the Golden Eagles, sandwiched between Cannizzaro's 32nd of 2017 and French's fourth point of the day.
The two teams split four third-quarter goals down the middle in the next 15 minutes. Dunn opened the scoring for the Golden Eagles in the second half with his second tally of the game. Jackson and Wagner traded goals in a 45 second span to make it 11-6 Denver, but Jackson completed his fifth career hat trick with 2:37 to go in the third and Denver kept its six-goal halftime lead into the final quarter.
Denver scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to extend its lead out to 10 at 16-6. Denver's starting attack unit all found the back of the net to go with Jackson's fourth of the day in the run. Marquette added two in the final 4:02 to close out the game.
Denver men's lacrosse, Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, will open the 2017 BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championships in Providence on Thursday, as these same two teams meet once again, this time in the conference semifinals. Faceoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT, and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network and ESPN Denver 1600.
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