[14/17] Denver Opens Up BIG EAST Schedule Against [-/RV] Temple

March 16, 2017

 Game 8: [14/17] Denver (6-1) vs [-/RV] Temple (7-1)
 Date & Time  Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. MT
 Location  Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (Denver, Colo.)
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LAST TIME OUT
• Then-no. 16/19 Denver closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a contest against unranked Vermont
• DU opened the game on an 8-0 run, keeping the Catamounts scoreless through the first 37 minutes of the game
• The Pioneers took the decision at 14-4 to improve to 6-1 on the year
• Sophomore Julia Feiss paved the way with the first sock trick of her career, finishing the game with six goals on 11 shots
• Sophomore Elizabeth Behrins added her fifth hat trick of the season behind three goals on six shots while posting one ground ball, two draw controls and one caused turnover
• Seniors Layne Voorhees and Hunter Gray anchored the stout defense as Voorhees finished with three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls, while Gray tallied three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers
• Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win while making five saves in 60 minutes between the pipes
• Vermont had four different scorers in the game as Jenna Janes, Alison Bolt, Courtney Cole and Brynne Yarranton each potted a marker

BIG EAST RECOGNITION
• Voorhees took home her second Defensive Player of the Week award for her performance in the game against UVM
• The Pioneers currently have five players with weekly awards as sophomore Kendra Lanuza took home Midfielder of the Week to start the season the same week Stevenson was named Defensive POTW
• Behrins was named Midfielder of the Week the following week while Voorhees gathered her first defensive nod
• Florida currently leads all BIG EAST schools with six players taking home weekly awards

HEADING EAST
• Denver owns a 6-1 record heading into the BIG EAST schedule, tying the best program mark through six games (2007, 2012-14)
• DU has never lost more than three games in a season when starting at 6-1
• The Pioneers made their only two tournament trips in 2013 and 2014 after starting 6-1, finishing 18-3 and 19-2, respectively, while falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament both years to Florida

200 GAMES IN 15 YEARS
• With the win over Vermont on March 12, head coach Liza Kelly became the 16th coach in NCAA history with 200 career wins at the Division-I level
• Kelly was the 10th-fastest coach to accomplish the feat, doing so after 289 career games between her time at Boston and Denver
• Former DU head coach Cathy Reese, now at Maryland, was the second-fastest coach in NCAA history to reach the mark, needing only 246 games after 11 seasons to accomplish the feat
• Current Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller was the fastest to reach the milestone, surpassing the marker in 231 games after 12 seasons as a head coach

HISTORY VS TEMPLE
• This will be the second meeting between the teams as Denver won the first meeting 12-9 on March 8, 2014
Meredith Harris led DU in the game with four goals and one assist for five points, while Jill Remenapp finished with six points on two goals and four helpers
Monica Lucas was the other multi-point scorer for the Crimson and Gold, burying a pair of goals in the contest
• Assistant coach Hannah Hook made the start between the pipes for DU and ended with 14 saves in the win to improve to 4-1
• Temple had four points off the bench come in the form of Nicole Tiernan on three goals and an assist, while Jaymie Tabor and Kirstie Connor both potted two goals in the loss
• Rachel Hall and Jaqi Kakalicek split time in the crease for the Owls as Hall took the loss with four saves and nine goals allowed while Kakalicek made six saves over the second half while allowing three goals

SCOUTING THE OWLS
• Temple will feature Brenda McDermott as the leading scorer in the 2017 campaign, owning 34 points on 15 goals and 19 assists on the year
• Sophomore Amber Lambeth owns the most goals at 16 for the Owls, while seniors Carly Demato and Morgan Glassford both have 14 on the season
• Glassford is the current Jill-Of-All-Trades as she also leads the way with 27 ground balls, 38 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers
• Junior Nicole Latgis, freshman Kara Nakrasius and senior Rachel Barile anchor the defense as Latgis has 10 ground balls and nine caused turnovers, Nakrasius sits with 14 ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while Barile owns 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers
• Freshman Maryn Lowell has made eight appearances between the pipes for a 5-0 record, along with 42 saves and a 10.47 goals allowed average for a .416 save percentage
• Redshirt-freshman Kelsea Hershey has made four appearances in the crease for the Owls, owning a 2-1 mark with 14 saves on a 14.39 goals allowed average for a .292 save percentage
• As a team, Temple is averaging 12.75 goals per game while opponents average 11.62
• Opponents are converting 50% of attempts from the free-position arc, getting 14 goals on 28 chances, while the Owls are successful on 38.5% of attempts, owning 20 goals on 52 tries
• Temple is successful on 80.2% of clears (97-121) while opponents clear 76.6% of the time (98-128)

PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
• DU rebounded in the polls following the win over Vermont
• The Pioneers moved up to No. 14 in the coaches’ poll, no. 17 in the media poll and no. 19 in the US Lacrosse Magazine rankings

YOUTH OF THE DU1NATION
• Denver has a youth movement in the works as the top five scorers are all underclassmen
• Lanuza tops the list with 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists, leading the team in points and helpers
• Behrins and Feiss are both second with 22 points on 18 goals and four assists
Katherine Fischer is fourth with 11 points on eight goals and three assists
Audrey Schreck rounds out the top five with nine points, all goals
• Upperclassmen anchor the defensive half as Voorhees leads the way with 15 caused turnovers, followed by 16 draw controls and 14 ground balls
• Gray owns nine caused turnovers, 19 ground balls and three draw controls
• Knott is the draw control specialist with 42 on the year along with two caused turnovers and two ground balls

MAKING THE TRANSITION
• This will be Denver’s first year in the BIG EAST after spending the previous 13 seasons as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
• DU was 69-15 in MPSF games in 13 years, including a 60-10 mark under the direction of 11th-year coach Liza Kelly and five undefeated MPSF seasons since 2007
• Including non-MPSF games, the Pioneers are 93-45 all-time against MPSF opponents, punctuated by a 19-4 mark against UC Davis, 18-4 against St. Mary’s, and 14-3 against Oregon
• Denver owns a 7-8 record against BIG EAST opponents, having faced Vanderbilt the most (3-3) and searching for first wins against Butler (0-0), Florida (0-3), Georgetown (0-2) and Villanova (0-0)

2017 BIG EAST
• Denver was picked to finish fourth in its first BIG EAST Preseason Poll
• Martindale was the lone DU representative on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
• [3/3] Florida was picked to finish first, garnering all nine possible first place votes with Vanderbilt getting the other top vote
• The Gators got six members on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team, including Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year Sammi Burgess and Lindsey Ronbeck and Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Caroline Fitzgerald

CAPTAIN ON THE BRIDGE
• Four captains will lead the charge in 2017 for Denver
Nicole Martindale, Conway, Voorhees and Stevenson will spearhead the Pioneers’ look during the season
The Last Meeting
Temple9
Denver12
March 8, 2014
Peter Barton Stadium

 

 

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