Tale of Two Runs as [14/17] Pioneers Defeat [-/RV] Owls in BIG EAST Opener
Denver opens game on 6-1 run and connects for a 5-1 run in second half for win
March 19, 2017
DENVER - The [14/17] University of Denver women's lacrosse program had a complete team look on the field at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday to claim a 14-6 victory over [-/RV] Temple to officially kick start the BIG EAST era on a high note.
"Excited to start off BIG EAST play against a talented Temple team," said head coach Liza Kelly. "Our team was fired up to compete against them on a beautiful day and we really improved in a lot of ways to get this win."
Sophomore Julia Feiss was the go-to shooter for Denver (7-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) as she buried four goals and a pair of helpers coming off the bench for her second six-point game in as many weeks and her fifth hat trick of the 2017 campaign. Fellow classmate Kendra Lanuza was quick to find Feiss and other Pioneers in open space as the Littleton, Colo., native finished with five assists, a new career best, to go with two goals for seven points to lead all players in the contest.
Senior Sybil Pallace took over anchoring the DU defense as the Baltimore native came away with a career-best seven caused turnovers, most in a game since Kate Henrich tallied eight in a 14-10 win over Stanford on April 5, 2013. Pallace also scooped up four ground balls, while fellow senior Hunter Gray tallied three of her own to go with a pair of caused turnovers in the process.
Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win for the Crimson and Gold, coming away with seven saves in all 60 minutes of action to improve to 7-1.
The Owls (7-2, 0-1 BIG EAST) had a trio of points come from Nicole Barretta behind two goals and an assist, while Maryn Lowell took the loss after 48:51 of game time and finished with nine saves. Two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week Morgan Glassford did not see any time on the field, while Brenda McDermott, BIG EAST Attacker of the Week for Feb. 14, was held to one goal and committed three turnovers in the loss.
Temple struck first in the contest as Anna Frederick fired a shot past Stevenson at the 24:37 mark, but senior Layne Voorhees was quick to respond after grabbing the following draw for Denver as she sprinted down the field to even the score only 10 seconds later for her first goal of the season and fourth of her illustrious career.
The goal from Voorhees ignited a 6-1 Pioneer run through the first 14 minutes of the game as Behrins, Conway, Feiss and White all found the back of the net by the 16:25 mark of the frame, while the Owls responded with a trio of goals by 3:06 to cut Denver's lead down to 6-4.
Feiss took it upon herself to close out the half on a positive note as she laced her second of the day past Lowell with seven seconds on the clock for a 7-4 lead heading into the locker rooms.
DU kept the momentum to start the second stanza as Feiss posted her hat trick at the 21:28 mark of the half, while Lanuza had a pair of brilliant behind-the-back goals at 19:15 and 11:57 to extend the lead out to 10-4. Conway capped the run for the hosts with her second goal at 11:09 for a commanding seven-goal lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
Temple had one last gasp as Barretta put away her second goal at 6:25, but the Pioneers tallied three of the last four for a 14-6 final to begin the BIG EAST schedule with a win.
Denver will have one of its toughest tests of the season next week as they visit Gainesville, Fla., to take on [3/3] Florida for the second week of BIG EAST play. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. ET (10 a.m. MT) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
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