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Sophomore Duo Leads [14/14] Denver Past Connecticut, 16-11

April 2, 2017

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DENVER - The sophomore tandem of Elizabeth Behrins and Kendra Lanuza was firing on all cylinders on Sunday in [14/14] Denver's 16-11 win over Connecticut at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for the third week of BIG EAST play.

"I think shooting is still an issue for us as we hit the goalie 20 times in the game," said head coach Liza Kelly, "and that's something I feel we need to make sure we're doing a better job at offensively.

"Defensively, I thought we started off the game strong in the first half but slowed in the second half. UConn is a good team and they're well-coached but I think we needed to be mentally tougher today."

The Pioneers (8-2, 2-1 BIG EAST) had 36 shots on goal in the game as Grace Beshlian made 20 saves for the Huskies (3-7, 0-3 BIG EAST). Behrins finished with seven goals and eight points to set a personal best in both categories to power DU's attack for the first sock trick of her young career.

The last time Denver had a player with seven goals was Ali Flury on Mar. 26, 2010, in a 17-9 win on the road against George Mason.

Lanuza ended with her fourth hat trick of the season behind three goals and four assists to tie her high of seven points for the fourth time in her career, last matched on Mar. 19 against Temple. Classmates Audrey Schreck and Julia Feiss finished in the multiple-point category as Schreck posted four on one goal and three assists, followed by a pair of goals from Feiss.

Junior Caitlin Derry was the final Pioneer with a multi-point game, getting two on a goal in both halves. Senior Ellie Knott continued her climb up the DU draw control leaderboard after finishing one shy of her personal best, ending with nine. Knott currently sits at 61 draws on the year, putting her fourth on the school's single-season list, and owns 119 in her career, coming in at sixth on Denver's all-time list.

On the defensive half, senior Maddy Stevenson took the win with eight saves in 60 minutes of action. Redshirt-sophomore Kennedy Milburn added three caused turnovers, senior Layne Voorhees added two of her own to go with a trio of ground balls and a draw control and senior Hunter Gray tallied her first career point to go with three ground balls and one caused turnover in the contest.

UConn had five points come from Grace Nolan behind a hat trick and a pair of helpers, as the junior added four caused turnovers and three draw controls for the all-around look.

The Pioneers were in control early on, opening up the game on an 8-1 run through the first 24 minutes of action as UConn was limited to six shots for one goal. Stevenson made four saves and the Denver defense forced 11 turnovers in the span.

In the meantime, Lanuza, Behrins, Derry, Feiss and Schreck built up the cushion for the hosts as Behrins potted her hat trick at the 10:02 mark of the frame, but the Huskies narrowed the gap to five heading into the locker rooms after closing the half on a 3-1 run for a 9-4 tally on the scoreboard.

Denver responded early in the second with four straight goals, including Behrins' sock trick at the 25:18 mark, yet a strong counter from the visitors ensured the sizable gap would not last as UConn rattled off five straight goals for a 13-9 DU lead at the 10:52 mark.

Both sides fell silent for the next five minutes before the Pioneers ended their scoring drought with Lanuza's second goal at 5:39, burying her hat trick mere seconds later at 5:11, holding on for the 16-11 final and the second win in BIG EAST play.

Denver will have a quick turnaround on the schedule with a road trip to Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 5, to take on Butler in the fourth BIG EAST contest of the season with opening draw set for 10 a.m. MT.

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