[13/13] Denver Races Past Butler, 20-3
13 Pioneers find the back of the next in commanding win
April 5, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – The [13/13] University of Denver women’s lacrosse program had a complete team look on Wednesday in a 20-3 win over Butler at the Grand Park Event Center in Indianapolis. The Pioneers (9-2, 3-1 BIG EAST) saw a number of career marks reached in the win over the Bulldogs (1-11, 0-4 BIG EAST), including 13 different scorers burying a goal in the contest.
“It was a great team victory,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “I think we played hard for each other and it was wonderful to see every member of the team contribute on the field.”
Denver has had at least 10 goal scorers in 18 different games in it’s Division-I history under Kelly, including today's, the most recent of which came on Apr. 19, 2015, where 11 Pioneers tallied a goal in a 16-5 win over Saint Mary’s to being MPSF play.
Sophomore Kendra Lanuza led all scorers in the game, putting away six on four goals and a pair of assists for her fifth hat trick of the season, while senior Emily Conway and freshman Caitlin Smith both ended with three points. In addition to the top-heavy look, three different DU members tallied their first career point as sophomore Maddie Baum and freshmen Hayden Dean and Annie Lyman all potted a goal in the win.
The defense pitched a shutout in the first half as freshman Caroline Wyse led the way with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, both career bests, while senior Maddy Stevenson saw action in the crease for the first 15 minutes of play and took the win while making one save. Freshman Carson Gregg was the backstop for the next 30 minutes while junior Kendall Mulvaney closed out the final 15 of the second half.
Senior Ellie Knott continued her climbed up Denver’s draw control list, finishing with 11 to set a new single-game best to give her 72 on the year, good for second-best in school single-season history, and now sits alone in fourth on DU’s career list with 130. Knott’s 11 draws are also the most since Sonorah Vinyard grabbed 11 against Fresno State on Feb. 23, 2014, and are tied for third-most on Denver’s single-game record board.
Butler’s three goals came from Sydney Pattison, Emily Annand and Rachel Kegler, while Allie Storke took the loss for the Bulldogs.
The Pioneers tallied the first 16 goals of the game while keeping BU scoreless through the entire first half and through four minutes into the second before Annand finally snapped the drought with 25:08 remaining in the game. DU’s defense was suffocating in the stretch, limiting Butler to two shots, one saved, while forcing 11 turnovers on the front end and one at the start of the backend to blank the Bulldogs.
Lanuza wasted little time putting away her six points, potting her hat trick at 14:44 of the first half after recording four points, two goals and two assists, on Denver’s first five goals. Sophomore Hanna Bocklet added a pair of goals in the second half while Baum provided the exclamation point in the 20-3 win.
The 20 goals are the most for Denver since a 20-4 victory over Saint Mary’s on Mar. 30, 2014, and is the 24th game in school history with at least 20 goals, 19 of which have come under the direction of Kelly.
The Pioneers will return to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, April 8, for DU’s One Love game against Marquette, which is also part of the BIG EAST’s Its On Us campaign. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. MT and can be seen live on Altitude TV with Brad Thompson and Megan Zeman on the call.
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