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Pioneers Prevail over Aztecs, 17-12

Feb. 23, 2018

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DENVER— It was a tale of two halves as the University of Denver defeated San Diego State by a score of 17-12 on Friday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

The first half was all Denver, as the Pioneers outshot San Diego State 24-5, held a 10-5 draw control and 11-7 ground ball advantage in the opening half, and took a commanding 13-3 lead into the break.

The second half was the Aztecs’ half, as they outscored the Crimson and Gold 9-4, scoring on five of their six free-position shots and won 10 of the 14 draws.

Early on it looked like the game would be all Denver, as the Pioneers were able to take advantage of free-position shots, converting on five of their 11 first-half attempts, as they raced out to an early 6-0 lead.

Once again, the Pioneers scored the opening goal as Julia Feiss opened up the contest with a free-position goal 1:04 into the game (28:56).  Over a minute later, Feiss added another free-position goal (26:49), and would ultimately finish with a team-high four goals.

The lead grew to 3-0 after freshman Eliza Radochonski recorded a free-position goal with 21:19 left in the half. Kendra Lanuza made it 4-0 with a no-look, over the shoulder goal (18:48), the junior’s 100th career point.  Lanuza is the 17th player in DU history to reach that mark.

Feiss’ third goal of the game came on another free-position shot (17:28) and Quintin Hoch-Bullen would make it six-straight for the home team with an unassisted goal with 14:52 left in the half.

The Denver defense was true to form, holding San Diego State to just five shots in the first half, with the Aztecs' first goal coming with 13:45 left in the half. Forty seconds later, the visitors scored their second goal on a free-position attempt (13:05) to cut into the lead at 6-2.

However, the Pioneers responded with two-straight goals of their own after a goal by Elizabeth Behrins off a Lanuza feed with 8:51 showing on the scoreboard and a second unassisted goal by Hoch-Bullen (8:10).

The lead expanded to 13-3 after five-straight goals by Lanuza (4:17 and: 16), Radochonski (2:46), captain Caitlin Derry (:54), and the first goal in Crimson and Gold for Caroline Wiseman (1:37). Lanuza was a perfect three-for-three in shots on goal on the game, and was one-for-one on free-position shots.

In the second half, Riley Eggeman converted on a man-up advantage with a goal off of an assist by Hoch-Bullen just 48 seconds after play resumed for an 11-goal advantage.

However, San Diego State fought back to cut into the lead at 14-6 with three-straight goals and would continue to claw back into the contest.

Feiss put the Pioneers back on the board with her fourth goal of the game, and her eighth of the season, off of an Eggeman assist at 18:54. The lead would go back down to eight after another SDSU goal, but Laura Milleker found the back of the net for her first career goal (8:32) to push the lead back to nine at 16-7. 

The Aztecs got as close as six at 16-10 when Molly Little scored on a man-up goal with Behrins getting the assist to provide the Pioneers some breathing room.  The Aztecs would score the final two goals on the afternoon, the last one coming at 2:01, which would be the closest they came all afternoon.

Statistically, Denver held a 41-21 advantage in shots, a 19-12 advantage in ground balls, a 15-7 edge in caused turnovers, went 3-0 in extra-man opportunities, and was 18-22 (.818) on clears. 

Denver filled the stat sheet as ten different Pioneers registered at least one point in the contest, with Feiss and Lanuza each tallying four points. Captain Katherine Fischer had a team-and career-high five ground balls, Little led with six draw controls and Nicki Wilkinson registered three caused turnovers, tying her career-high, to lead the Pioneer defense.  Maddie Baum finished with a career-high four draw controls and Fischer’s three draw controls also set a career-high.

UP NEXT: Denver heads to Stony Brook to play the No. 2 ranked Seawolves on Sunday at 10 a.m. MT. The next Pioneers home game is Wednesday, March 7 against Virginia Tech, scheduled to start at noon.

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