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Denver to Face Villanova at Home on Friday Night

April 11, 2018

[25/RV] Denver

(8-4, 3-2 BIG EAST)

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 VILLANOVA

(6-6, 1-4 BIG EAST)

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 7 p.m. MT
Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (Denver, Colo.)

 

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LOOKING BACK TO LAST TIME OUT
• [22/RV] Denver trailed 4-0 early on at Cincinnati, but rallied to win 17-11 on Saturday afternoon
Caitlin Derry had a game- and career-high four goals and a career-high five points in the win. It was her first hat trick
Quintin Hoch-Bullen and Elizabeth Behrins each had a hat trick
• Hoch-Bullen added a season-high three assists for a game-high six points
Caroline Wiseman had a season-high three caused turnovers and Julia Feiss had a career-high four ground balls to lead the team in each category
Maddie Baum had a game-high 11 draw controls
Carson Gregg (43:08) and Amelia Cole (16:52) shared time in the net, with Gregg getting the win. Cole had five saves and Gregg had four saves
• Denver had the edge in total shots on the afternoon at 32-29 (26-20 edge in shots on goal), draw controls (18-12) and was 20-22 in clears

HISTORY VS VILLANOVA
• The Pioneers have only played the Wildcats once, in which DU won 17-10 last year
• In their lone meeting on April 15, 2017, Denver scored the first three goals and led 9-2 at the break
Elizabeth Behrins scored five goals in the game
Kendra Lanuza and Julia Feiss each had four assists to lead the team, and each scored one goal for five points
Riley Eggeman scored two goals, Katherine Fischer scored a goal and Caitlin Derry scored a goal
Kennedy Milburn and Julia Feiss had a team-high two caused turnovers, while Fischer and Feiss had four and three ground balls, respectively
• Denver had the edge over Villanova in shots (31-24, 24-17 in shots on goal), 11-6 in caused turnovers, 29-11 in ground balls and was 21-25 in clears

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Villanova was 4-12 last season, 2-7 in the BIG EAST
• They are 3-4 on the road this season
• The Wildcats went 5-2 in non-conference games to open the season before starting BIG EAST play 1-4
• Villanova ranks tied for ninth in the NCAA in assists per game (7.08) and 11th in draw controls per game (15.58)
• Of their 155 goals, 32 were on free-position shots, 9 were on man-up opportunities, 2 on man-down opportunities and 70 were unassisted
• Sophomore attacker Katie Comerford leads the Wildcats with 23 assists and 47 points, while Jillian Swikart has a team-high 31 goals this season. The junior attacker has a shots on goal % of .761 (54-of-71), with a team-high nine free-position goals
• Senior defender Elizabeth Armstrong has a team-high 30 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers
• Senior midfielder Devin Hassinger leads the team with 66 draw controls and is second on the team in caused turnovers with 13
• Senior Julia Michaels has started in 10 games for VU, allowing 80 goals and making 47 saves in 326:25 minutes in net. She has a goals allowed average of 14.71 and a save percentage of .370. Sophomore Khaia Baranowski (308:11 minutes, 61 goals allowed, 48 saves, .440 save %, 11.88 G.A.A.) has played in nine games, starting in one, and junior Olivia Gonsalves (85:24 minutes, 20 goals allowed, 10 saves, .333 save %, 14.05 G.A.A) has also played in four games, starting in one
• As a unit, the goaltenders are allowing 161 goals with 105 saves, for a save % of .395 and a G.A.A. of 13.42

PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
• In the IWLCA Coaches Poll this week, Denver dropped three spots to 25th (64 pts) and was receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Cascade Media 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

DENVER'S SCHEDULE
• The Pioneers will have played or will face six opponents on their schedule who were either ranked or receiving votes in the latest media poll, and six teams ranked in the IWLCA poll

HOME IS WHERE THE W'S ARE
• Denver was 8-0 at home in 2017, outscoring opponents 123-53 (15.38-6.62 goals per game average)
• In the last five years, DU is 38-8 (.826) at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, including a perfect 12-0 record in 2014
• In Coach Kelly's tenure at DU, the Pioneers are 83-17 (.830) at home, including back-to-back 8-0 home records in 2012 and 2013
• Prior to the March 7 home loss, the last time that the Pioneers lost at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium was April 10, 2016 in a 9-6 loss to Southern California

FINDING NEW CONTRIBUTORS
• This season, freshmen Quintin Hoch-Bullen and Eliza Radochonski have accounted for 38 goals and 61 points, including hat tricks from Radochonski against Stanford and UConn and five hat tricks from Hoch-Bullen against Niagara, Temple, UConn, Colorado and Cincinnati, including four-straight
• As a class, freshmen have tallied 74 pts (46 G, 28 A).
Hoch-Bullen and Radochonski are second and third on the team in assists with 12 and 11, respectively. Hoch-Bullen is second on the team in goals (24) and free-position goals (7), and is tied for the team-high in points (36). Radochonski is third in free-position goals (4), fourth in goals (14) and tied for fourth in points (25). Caroline Wiseman is tied for fourth on the team with six draw controls
Caroline Wiseman scored her first career goal against San Diego State, Hannah Liddy scored her first goal against Niagara, and Bea Behrins and Sammie Morton both scored their first collegiate goal against Butler
• Sophomore transfer Molly Little has scored nine goals and added three assists, and is second on the team with 36 draw controls, starting in 11 games for the Crimson and Gold
• Lanuza leads the team with 14 assists
• The Pioneers had goals from six different players, and eight different players recorded a point in the victory over Stanford. Against Louisville, seven different players scored a goal and eight different players recorded a point. In the game against San Diego State, 10 different players recorded at least one point, against Virginia Tech, seven different Pioneers recorded a point, against Niagara 10 different players recorded a point and against UConn seven different players recorded a point.In the game against Colorado, six different players scored a goal and seven recorded a point. Against Butler, 10 different players scored a goal and 12 different players recorded a point, and at Cincinnati, eight different players scored a goal and nine recorded a point
Maddie Baum has taken the majority of the draws, recording 69, which is third in school history for most draw controls by an individual in a single-season
• Besides Carson Gregg in net, freshman midfielder Caroline Wiseman started in her first career collegiate game against Stanford, as did junior midfielder Maddie Baum, and Molly Litlle started her first game as a Pioneer against Louisville. Katy Miele started her first game against Temple and Amelia Cole made her first appearance in the net against Butler, with four saves and one goal allowed in 33:38 minutes (1.78 GAA, .800 save %)

MILESTONE ALERT
Elizabeth Behrins became the 18th player to reach the 100 career point milestone in the second half of the Colorado game, and the second Pioneer to reach it this season (Kendra Lanuza reached it Feb. 23)
Julia Feiss became the latest Pioneer to record 100 career points with a free-position goal in the first half against Georgetown
• With the win against Colorado, Liza Kelly recorded her 150th win as the head coach at Denver

SMOOTH TRANSITION
• 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 17-13 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)

2018 BIG EAST
• Denver was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll with 73 total points and one first-place vote
• DU had two representatives on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in junior attackers Julia Feiss and Kendra Lanuza (unanimous selection)
Carson Gregg earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in weeks one, two and seven, and Julia Feiss was named Attacker of the Week in week five. Quintin Hoch-Bullen was named Freshman of the Week in weeks seven and eight
• Denver leads the BIG EAST in goals against average (8.83) with 106 goals allowed and saves percentage (.488), and fifth in caused turnovers per game (9.67) and shots per game (30.83)

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
• Julia Feiss enters the game on 24-game goal and point streaks, dating back to March 12, 2017 vs. Vermont
• The team's 8.83 goals-against-average is ranked as the sixth-best in the country
• Maddie Baum has 69 draw controls on the season, which is the third-most draw controls recorded by an individual in a single-season (Ellie Knott holds the record with 93)


 

 

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