Women's Lacrosse


Denver to Open Season at Home Against [23/RV] Stanford

Feb. 8, 2018

[RV/RV] Denver

(0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)



(0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 1 p.m. MT
Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (Denver, Colo.)


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• DU is 8-11 all-time in season openers with a 4-7 mark under Coach Kelly
• Denver defeated San Diego State 15-10 last year in the season opener
• The last season-opening game at home was in 2016 against Colorado in which DU lost 11-10
• This is just the fifth time that Denver has opened the season at home, going 2-2

• The Pioneers are 9-18 all-time against the Cardinal
• In their last meeting, Denver defeated [12/12] Stanford on Feb. 12, 2017 by a score of 10-7
• Denver scored five of the first six goals in the game, three of which were by Kendra Lanuza
• Lanuza and Julia Feiss combined for seven goals as Lanuza ended with a carer-high four goals, while Feiss had three
Katherine Fischer and Audrey Schreck both added a goal, and Elizabeth Behrins posted two assists while Fischer had one
• Denver has averaged 10 goals per game against Stanford, while the Cardinal have averaged 12.07 in the 27 contests

• Stanford finished the 2017 campaign at 12-6 with a 6-2 MPSF record, but are now a member of the Pac-12 Conference, where they were picked to finish third
• Averaged 14.94 goals per game while opponents averaged 10.61
• Stanford averaged 24.78 shots on goal per game, while limiting opponents to 18.78 shots on goal per game
• The Cardinal finished ranked in the top-25 in seven categories in the NCAA: caused turnovers per game (11th), scoring offense (12th), shots per game (12th), shots on goal per game (14th), scoring margin (17th), points per game (18th) and win percentage (24th)
• Attacker Kelsey Murray (graduate student) became Stanford’s career leader in points last season with 225 career points. She led the team with 57 goals and 30 assists. Murray enters the season on a 55-game streak of collecting a point, dating back to March 7, 2014 against Towson. Murray has 142 career goals – which places her third all-time in program history and needs only four to become Stanford’s all-time leader. Murray has also recorded 83 career assists, placing her only six behind claiming the all-time record
• Senior Dillon Schoen led the team in caused turnovers with 28 on the year
• Junior Genesis Lucero led the team in draw controls with 54 last year
• Senior goalkeeper Allie DaCar started all 18 games for Stanford in 2017, logging 964:55 in the net
• DaCar finished 12-5, recording 134 saves while allowing 179 goals, totaling an 11.13 GAA and a .428 save percentage

• DU begins 2018 receving votes in the IWLCA Preseason Poll and Inside Lacrosse Cascade Preseason Media Poll
• The Pioneers were last ranked the week of May 1, 2017 at No. 16, and received votes in the final season poll
• Denver reached its highest ranking in the polls in nearly four years last season at the No. 13 spot in both the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and the Cascade Media Poll the week of March 20, 2017

• The Pioneers will face six opponents on their schedule who were either ranked or receiving votes in the Media Poll, and four ranked teams in the IWLCA Preseason Poll
• DU shares two common opponents with Stanford, Stony Brook and Colorado

• Denver will have plenty of opportunities for players to step up after Emily Conway, Hunter Gray, Ellie Knott, Sybil Pallace, Maddy Stevenson and Layne Voorhees all graduated
• Gray was DU’s leader in ground balls, recording 43 ground balls, while also causing 20 turnovers, the third-most on the team
• Conway was fourth on the team in points (32) and goals (28)
• Denver also lost its top two draw control leaders in Ellie Knott, who led the team with 93 draw controls (a school record), and Layne Voorhees who had 24
• The Pioneers lost four of their top five ground ball getters in Gray (43), Voorhees (24), Stevenson (37) and Sybil Pallace (20)
• Voorhees, Pallace and Gray were top three in caused turnovers on the team with 42, 25 and 20, respectively
• Another area of unknown for the Pioneers is the goalkeeper position after the graduation of Stevenson

• The Pioneers finished the 2017 campaign with a 13.28 goals scored per game average (28th in the NCAA), while opponents were held to 8.44 (fourth-best scoring defense in the NCAA)
• Denver averaged 30.4 shots per game, and limited opponents to just 22.4 shots/ game
• DU owned a .771 shot on goal percentage, while opponents recorded a .690 mark
• Denver was better than its opponents in ground balls (333 to 243), turnovers (293 to 374), caused turnovers (209 to 152) and draw controls (215 to 209)
• The Pioneers averaged 11.61 caused turnovers per game, which was the eighth-most in the NCAA, while their scoring margin of 4.83 ranked 11th
• The Crimson and Gold had successful clears on 85.7 percent of attempts while their opponents were successful on 76.9 percent of their clear attempts.
• The Pioneers recorded more than 10 goals in 14 games last season, going 13-1, and scored 15 or more goals in nine games, going 9-0
• DU let opponents over the 10 goal mark in three contests, finishing with a 2-1 record

• This will be Denver’s second year in the BIG EAST after spending 13 seasons as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
• DU advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game against Florida in its first year in the conference after going 7-2 in the regular season and defeating Georgetown 9-8 in the semifinals
• Denver owns a 14-11 record against BIG EAST opponents, having faced Vanderbilt the most (seven times, 4-3 record), but is searching for its first win against Florida (0-5)

• Denver was 8-0 at home in 2017, outscoring opponents 123-53 (15.38-6.62 goals per game average)
• In the last four years, DU is 33-6 (.846) at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, including a perfect 12-0 record in 2014
• In Coach Kelly’s tenure at DU, the Pioneers are 78-15 (.839) at home, including back-to-back 8-0 home records in 2012 and 2013

•Four Pioneers were named to the All-BIG EAST teams, two on the first team and two on the second team
Layne Voorhees and Kendra Lanuza earned first team honors, while Elizabeth Behrins and Maddy Stevenson were named to the second team

• Denver was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll with 73 total points and one first-place vote.
• DU had representatives on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in junior attackers Julia Feiss and Kendra Lanuza (unanimous selection)

• The Pioneers will have only four seniors on the roster this year
Riley Eggeman and Katy Miele will help man the midfield and captains Caitlin Derry and Hanna Bocklet will be a part of the attack group
• Eggeman has started in 27 games throughout her DU career and appeared in 44 games. Derry has played in 50 games, starting in three, and Bocklet has appeared in 22 games
• Derry was third on the team in assists in 2017, contributing on 10 goals

• 10 juniors return to the 2018 roster, highlighted by Elizabeth Behrins, Julia Feiss, Kendra Lanuza and Audrey Schreck, four of the top five point- and goal-scorers from last season
• Feiss led in goals scored with 50 goals and Lanuza led in points with 70 (33 goals, 37 assists)
• Lanuza led the Pioneers in assists last year with her 37, and Feiss was second with 14
• Both Lanuza and Feiss enter the season on 12-game point streaks, and Feiss also has scored a goal in the last 12 games
Nicki Wilkinson and Kennedy Milburn are the top-returners for the defense, with both starting in 17 games last year. Wilkinson had 23 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers, while Milburn had 19 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and seven draw controls

• Seven sophomores will look to expand their roles after getting an introduction to collegiate lacrosse in 2017
Carson Gregg is the only goalkeeper on the roster with collegiate experience, appearing in four games last year, making seven saves and having a 6.64 GAA for a .412 save percentage
• The Pioneers added a transfer over the offseason in midfielder Molly Little, who transfered from the University of Vermont

• Nine freshman will look to break into the lineup for the 2018 campaign
Amelia Cole is the lone goalkeeper in the freshman class, and is one of two goalkeepers on the roster
Alex Di Chiara, Hannah Liddy, Eliza Radochonski join the strong attack corp
Bea Behrins, Leanne Duncan, Quintin Hoch-Bullen, Sammie Morton and Caroline Wiseman add depth to the midfielder position

• Three captains will lead the Pioneers in 2018
Hanna Bocklet, Caitlin Derry and Katherine Fischer were tasked with guiding the Crimson and Gold this season

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