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Denver Loses to Virginia Tech, 11-5

March 7, 2018

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DENVER--
The Denver Pioneers fell to 3-2 on the season after falling to Virginia Tech (5-3) by the score of 11-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

After getting out to a promising start, the Pioneers were unable to keep up in scoring with the visiting Hokies, dropping their first game at home since April 10, 2016 against Southern California (9-6).

Denver got out to an early two-goal lead after Maddie Baum won the first two draw controls, which allowed Julia Feiss to score on a free-position attempt (29:06) and Caitlin Derry to put the ball past the goalie with a diving shot off of a Feiss pass (27:40). It was a team-high 10th goal for Feiss and the second for Derry.

The Hokies scored the next four goals to take a 4-2 lead after getting a goal back with 22:43 remaining in the half, and tying the game four minutes later (18:43). The visitors gained the 3-2 advantage at 12:46 in the half on a man-up opportunity, and later added another goal at 12:08.

Elizabeth Behrins ended the run from the Hokies with a goal, her sixth of the season, on a Hannah Liddy assist, her fourth of the season with 8:53 showing on the scoreboard.

A couple of unlucky breaks for the Pioneers made it 5-3 Virginia Tech going into the break, including a free-position shot by Derry with two seconds remaining in the half that hit the post.

The Pioneers ended up with five shots that hit the post in the game, two of which were on free-position attempts, and including three of the last four shots that DU took, as well as a shot that hit the crossbar.

One of those shots ended up in Denver's favor however, as a little more than one minute into the second half, Molly Little (28:51) found the back of the net off of a Kendra Lanuza shot that hit the post to bring the Crimson and Gold back within one at 5-4.

Virginia Tech pushed the lead back out with two free-position goals at 26:08 and 25:50 to make it 7-4, preventing DU from any momentum it might have had from the Little goal.

Down a man, Riley Eggeman took a pass from Quintin Hoch-Bullen and netted her seventh goal of the season on a short-handed goal with 17:34 to go in the game.

That would be the last time that the Pioneers scored, as the Hokies stringed together the last four goals of the contest, with the latest one coming with 6:42 left in the game to give the Pioneers their largest deficit on the afternoon at 11-5.

Virginia Tech had the statistical advantage in many of the categories, as they outshot Denver 29-24, had a 19-11 edge in ground balls, 14-8 in caused turnovers and 10-8 in draw controls.

Feiss led the Crimson and Gold in points with a goal and an assist, while Behrins led with two caused turnovers, Baum recorded five draw controls and Kennedy Milburn and Eliza Radochonski each tallied two ground balls.

Carson Gregg finished the game with 10 saves, six of which came on free-position attempts.

UP NEXT:  Denver's next game is Saturday at home against the Niagara Purple Eagles, scheduled for noon MT.

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