[16/16] Pioneers Pitch 17-0 Shutout over Bearcats
All nine of Denver's seniors play pivotal role in final home game
April 28, 2017
DENVER – All nine of [16/16] Denver’s seniors took center stage prior to the contest against Cincinnati on Friday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to help pitch the fourth shutout in school history. The Pioneers (13-3, 7-2 BIG EAST) converted a comfortable 11-0 halftime lead into a 17-0 final over the Bearcats (6-11, 2-7 BIG EAST).
“Really exciting to get a shutout on our senior day,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “I’m proud of Kendall [Mulvaney] and Maddy [Stevenson] to step up with a veteran defense in front of them. Our defense came out and played hard for 60 minutes and everyone who started and came off the bench did their jobs.
“I’m proud of the offense, to come back and put away 17 goals after only scoring seven last week. I’m proud of the work they put in to really change their game.”
All nine seniors made an appearance in the game as Emily Conway led the pack with her third career hat trick. Layne Voorhees anchored the suffocating defensive look with a career-best eight caused turnovers, tying DU’s single-game record which was originally set by Kelly O’Connell against Stanford on Apr. 20, 2008, and tied by Kate Henrich on Apr. 5, 2013, again versus the Cardinal.
Maddy Stevenson rounded out the trifecta with her 13th win of the season, facing only one shot that was subsequently saved by the Bainbridge Island, Wash., native.
Denver’s offense got six points from sophomore Kendra Lanuza as the Chatfield High School product put away a pair of goals and a quartet of assists for her seventh game with at least five points. Classmate Julia Feiss was the primary target as the Baltimore native buried four goals and one assist in the win.
Five-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Monica Borzillo, Cincinnati’s primary scorer, was held without a shot all day as she committed six turnovers in the face of DU’s defense. The Bearcats had a total of seven shots on the game with two coming on goal, both saved.
Nine of the Pioneers’ first-half goals were unassisted as Feiss broke the ice at 26:13 to get the hosts on the board. Lanuza followed up with her first of the game minutes later as five different members of the Crimson and Gold found the back of the net in the first 11 minutes of game time.
Feiss completed the first-half hat trick at 8:02 to give Denver an 8-0 lead while Lanuza provided the exclamation point at the buzzer to keep Cincinnati in an 11-0 deficit heading into the locker rooms.
Conway bookended the second half for the Pioneers, potting her second goal of the game at 26:55 to keep the momentum in Denver’s favor, and burying the hat trick with 12:55 remaining in the contest.
The final third of the second half saw plenty of back-and-forth action as DU’s defense forced six Bearcat turnovers in the home stretch while Kendall Mulvaney, honored in her final home game, made her first career save with 46 seconds remaining to preserve the shutout.
The last shutout for the Crimson and Gold came on April 15, 2016, in a 16-0 victory over California in MPSF play.
The postseason has officially begun for Denver as the BIG EAST Tournament takes place starting next Thursday with the opening draw of the semifinals starting at 2:30 p.m. MT in Villanova, Pa. The Pioneers are locked into the third seed with the win but will have to wait until the outcome of the Florida/Georgetown game to know their semifinal opponent.
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