Denver Sprints Past California 15-5
Elizabeth Behrins picks up second hat trick of the season
Feb. 10, 2017
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California struck first on Friday evening against the University of Denver women's lacrosse team, but the Crimson and Gold responded in force to convert a 5-1 halftime lead into a commanding 15-5 victory over the hosts to move to 2-0 on the year and sink the Golden Bears to 0-1.
"I thought the defense made some terrific adjustments from last week's game," said head coach Liza Kelly. "The attack was generating some great looks at the goal but between some good goaltending from California, and some poorly placed shots, we just weren't scoring.
"We need to make the mental switch a little sooner but it was nice to see the players work their way out of a shooting slump."
Elizabeth Behrins was the primary option on the offensive half with three goals on six shots while adding a trio of caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls to her total.
Katherine Fischer, Nicole Martindale and Kendra Lanuza also picked up three points apiece behind a pair of goals and an assist, with Julia Feiss and Audrey Schreck each adding two goals on the evening.
Maddy Stevenson took the win for DU with nine saves, four ground balls and a .643 percentage to stifle California's attack, while Layne Voorhees made her presence felt in every aspect behind two ground balls, two caused turnovers and three draw controls.
Caroline Schlegel led the Golden Bears with two goals, Julia Fritts added a goal and assist, Jenny Wilkens took the loss despite making 13 saves for a .464 mark and Alexandra Robertson anchored the defense with three ground balls.
Denver came out firing at the start as Feiss took the first free position shot for the visitors, but had her attempt stuffed by Wilkens. California went on the attack and had its first shot from Charlotte Biffar stopped by Stevenson, but a second look from Elizabeth Pellechi snuck past the senior goalkeeper to put the hosts up 1-0 by the 28-minute mark.
It was the only goal the Golden Bears would score in the half as Stevenson made seven saves through the remainder while DU's offense went straight on the attack and put away the equalizer from Schreck with 26:31 on the timer.
The Pioneers hit cruise control from there, getting a goal each from Lanuza and Fischer, while Schreck fired off her second of the night to give Denver a 5-1 lead heading into break.
The second half started of the same way as California cut DU's lead to 5-2 in the first 10 seconds of play, but never got closer as the Pioneers connected for a 6-1 run and an 11-3 lead with seven minutes remaining, eventually running the time out on the Golden Bears for the 15-5 final.
Denver will remain on the west coast with a contest against 12/12 Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 12, starting at 1 p.m. MT.
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