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An 11-0 [15/14] Denver Run Sends Pioneers Past UC Davis

Feb. 24, 2017

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DENVER – The [15/14] University of Denver women’s lacrosse team used an 11-0 run starting from an evened 5-5 score with 2:51 to play in the first half for a 16-5 advantage with 10:46 to play in the second to propel the Pioneers past the UC Davis Aggies 16-6 on a frigid Friday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Friday’s win extended the program’s best start to a season to 5-0.

“I thought it was a little bit of a lackluster start,” head coach Liza Kelly said. “I don’t know if it was because of the weather, or our student-athletes are at an exam portion of their class schedules, or what, but we’ll chalk it up to a learning experience.

“I thought that Davis (1-2) did a great job of coming out of the gates and pressuring us. They came at us with a zone that we hadn’t seen from them in their first two games. Credit to them for putting us off balance to start with.”

A trio of sophomores in Elizabeth Behrins (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Kendra Lanuza (Littleton, Colo.) and Julia Feiss (Baltimore, Md.) led the Pioneers in scoring on Friday afternoon. Behrins potted four goals, two on each side of the intermission, Lanuza recorded a hat trick to go with a game-high four assists and Feiss added a hat trick of her own to go with three assists.

“I think that once we stopped trying to play pretty lacrosse, and just tried to put the ball in the back of the net, I think we played well,” Kelly said. “I think they made some adjustments on their shooting at halftime, and really came out to play well there in the second half.”

The Pioneers held a 19-8 advantage in shots in the first half and converted three of their eight free position shots in the opening 30 minutes to give the home team an 8-5 lead heading into the intermission.

Following 10 combined turnovers in the first frigid game of the season at Peter Barton, UC Davis’ Shannon Cross converted her third of the season with 23:35 to go to break the ice. The Pioneers followed the Cross goal with their first of two three-goal runs in the half to take a 3-1 lead with 13:31 to play in the opening stanza. Sophomore Audrey Schreck (Charlottesville, Va.) got Denver even with an unassisted marker, followed by Lanuza’s and Behrins’ 12th goals of the season each, less than three minutes apart. 

The Aggies pulled even with two goals 11 seconds apart to make it 3-3 with 10:02 to play before the break.

Feiss’ 10th of the season was Denver’s first of three free position goals in the final 8:30 to give Denver the lead back at 4-3. Redshirt-sophomore Katherine Fischer (Upper Nyack, N.Y.) finished a pass from Lanuza to restore Denver’s two goal advantage with 7:08 to play, but the Aggies struck back with two of their own 1:18 apart to tie things back up at 5-5 with 2:51 to play in the first.

The Pioneers closed the first half with three goals in the final 1:34 to take their 8-5 lead into the locker room. Behrins and Feiss converted from the arc and junior Riley Eggeman (Mission Viego, Calif.) converted Lanuza’s third assist of the half for DU’s third goal in 1:08.

Behrins and Feiss hooked up for a pair of goals to open the scoring in the second half, including Behrins’ hat trick marker with 22:48 to go in regulation. Lanuza converted from the arc with 21:12 to play in the second to extend the Pioneers run to 6-0.

In the next 11 minutes, Denver would stretch its scoring run to 11-0 as Feiss completed her hat trick on her 12th goal of the season, senior Molly Danko (Baltimore, Md.) added her first two of the campaign, junior Caitlin Derry (Seal Beach, Calif.) netted her second of 2017 and Lanuza scored her third of the day in the run.

Cuenin stopped the 11-0 run with her second of the afternoon. The Pioneers’ 11-0 run saw Denver hold the visitors without a goal for 28:35.

Denver outshot UC Davis 38-11, and held a 16-8 advantage in draw controls. The Pioneers also converted six of their 12 free position shots.

UP NEXT: The Pioneers will make the short trip to Boulder next Friday against [13/9] Colorado for a 3 p.m. MT faceoff.

“I think that CU has had two solid wins this year against UMass and Northwestern,” Kelly said. “They are rolling. They got us early last year, and I think that this is a game that we are excited to get up there and play.”

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