[13/13] Denver Clashes with Georgetown to Break Up BIG EAST Gridlock

April 19, 2017

 Game 15: [13/13] Denver (12-2, 6-1 BIG EAST) at Georgetown (8-7, 6-1 BIG EAST)
 Date & Time  Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET
 Location  Cooper Field (Washington, D.C.)
 Live Stream/TV  BIG EAST Digital Network
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LAST TIME OUT
• No. 13/13 Denver capped off another 2-0 week and extended its win streak to five games with a 17-10 decision over Villanova
• With the win, DU claimed a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament set to start on May 4 in Villanova, Penn.
• The Pioneers had the one-two punch of senior Emily Conway and sophomore Elizabeth Behrins pave the way as the duo combined for 11 goals
• Conway put away six markers for her first career sock trick while Behrins was one shy of her second with five goals
• The sophomore combo of Julia Feiss and Kendra Lanuza took over distributor duties as the pair tallied five points on one goal and four assists apiece
• Denver's defense was stout as usual by holding the Wildcats to two goals in the first have and one goal in the final 10 minutes of the game
• Freshman Caroline Wyse and redshirt-sophomore Kennedy Milburn led the defensive half with two caused turnovers each
• Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win between the pipes with seven saves, a career high six ground balls along with one caused turnover
• Nova was led by the freshmen Katie Comerford and Kim McDonough as Comerford posted four goals to McDonough's hat trick
• Julia Michaels took the decision for Villanova with seven saves in the crease

PIO STATS
• The 20 goals against Butler on April 5 is the most in a game for Denver since Mar. 30, 2014, when DU posted a 20-4 win over Saint Mary's
• The Pioneers have recorded 24 games with at least 20 goals since 1999, 19 of which have come under head coach Liza Kelly
• 13 different scorers found the net for DU, most since Apr. 19, 2015, when 11 tallied a goal for the Pioneers
• Since Kelly took over in 2007, Denver has 18 games with at least 10 different scorers, highest being at 13 which has now happened four times
• The win over Villanova was Denver's 12th of the season, the seventh time under head coach Liza Kelly and eighth in school history DU has reached the 12-win plateau
• Villanova was the 74th different opponent DU has faced since 1999
• With the win over Nova, the Pioneers are 40-34 in first meetings, including a 28-10 mark under Kelly

CLIMBING THE LADDER
• Currently ranked ninth in the nation, Knott is averaging 6.21 draw controls per game following her five against Villanova
• Knott had 11 against Butler, which is a new personal best for the Baltimore native and good for third-most in Denver single-game history
• Knott has 87 on the year and now stands alone atop Denver's single-season draw controls list
• She also has 145 in her career, putting her fourth in school history
• Knott is on pace for 105 on the season and 163 in her career, putting her tops on DU's season list and solidifying her spot in third on the career list
• Voorhees currently owns 87 caused turnovers in her career, putting her alone in sixth on Denver's list
• Voorhees also has 29 caused turnovers in 2017, putting her in a tie for seventh on DU's single-season list

FAST STARTS, STRONG FINISHES
• Denver owns a 12-2 record through 14 games, second-best mark in school history, tying the 2006, 2007 and 2012 campaigns
• When DU owns a 12-2 record or better through 14 games, the end result is a deep playoff run as the Pioneers made the MPSF Semifinals once (2012), the MPSF Championship game thrice (2006-07/2013), claimed one MPSF Championship title (2014) and made the NCAA Tournament Second Round twice (2013-14)

HISTORY VS GEORGETOWN
• This will be the third meeting between the programs as the last contest came in 2009
• Georgetown has won both meetings so far with the first contest coming in 2008 at 12-11 in overtime
• GU was ranked no. 9 at the time of the first meeting while DU was no. 15
• The Pioneers had five goals come from Lexi Sanders while Karen Morton added five points on two goals and three helpers
• Steph Coyne was the other Denver member with five points, finishing with one goal and four assists in the loss
• The Hoyas were led by Jordy Kirr with six points on one goal and five assists, while Ashby Kaestner and Molly Ford both put away three goals
• For the second meeting in 2009, no. 20 Denver visited no. 7 Georgetown as the Hoyas came away with the win again at 12-8
• Sanders was the only multi-goal scorer for DU as she ended with three goals
• Kaestner led GU with six points on three goals and three helpers, while Kirr posted three goals and one assist and Ford added three goals

SCOUTING THE HOYAS
• Georgetown is led by reigning BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week sophomore Francesca Whitehurst, who owns 42 points on 27 goals and 15 assists through the year
• Whitehurst also has 23 ground balls, 57 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers
• Classmate Taylor Gebhardt is the go-to scorer with 41 points on 33 goals and eight assists
• Fellow sophomore Morgan Ryan rounds out the trio with 39 points on 28 goals and 11 assists
• The defense is led by senior Jenny Schwalje with 19 caused turnovers, 24 ground balls and 17 draw controls
• Junior Hannah Siebel sees plenty of action on both halves as sshe owns 12 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls and 23 draw controls while potting 15 goals and dishing out 10 helpers
• Senior Maddy Fisher has seen the most action between the pipes, compiling a 7-6 record in 15 appearances
• Fischer owns an 11.23 GAA with 92 saves for a .449 save percentage
• As a team, Georgetown is averaging 12.73 goals per game while opponents are limited to 9.87
• GU owns an advantage on the 8-meter arc with a 49.5 free position percentage while opponents are held to a 34.9 percentage
• The Hoyas have successfully cleared on 83.9% of attempts while opponents clear 80.8% of the time
• Opponents are out-hustling Georgetown on ground balls at 267 to 252

PIONEERS IN THE POLLS
• DU remained at the No. 13 spot in both the IWLCA Coaches Poll and the Cascade Media Poll following the 2-0 week against Vanderbilt and Villanova

YOUTH OF THE DU1NATION
• Denver has a youth movement in the works as the top four scorers are all underclassmen
• Lanuza tops the list with 59 points on 28 goals and 31 assists, leading the team in points and helpers
• Behrins and Feiss are both second with 48 points as Behrins has 40 goals and eight assists while Feiss owns 35 goals and 13 helpers
Audrey Schreck owns the fourth position with 26 points on 22 goals and four assists, while Conway cracks the top five following her six-goal performance, owning 23 points on 20 goals and three helpers
• Upperclassmen anchor the defensive half as Layne Voorhees leads the way with 29 caused turnovers, followed by 21 draw controls and 33 ground balls
Hunter Gray owns 17 caused turnovers, 33 ground balls and 10 draw controls, while Sybil Pallace has contributed 20 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls and seven draw controls
• Stevenson has started every game between the pipes for an 8.44 GAA and a .459 save percentage with 89 saves in 746:51

CLINCHING SCENARIOS
• All four spots in the BIG EAST Tournament we clinched this past Saturday with [2/2] Florida's win over Butler, [-/RV] Temple's win over Vanderbilt, Georgetown's win over Marquette and Denver's win over Villanova
• The Gators can clinch the top seed this weekend with a win over the Owls combined with a Pioneer win over the Hoyas
• In the same scenario, DU would clinch the second seed while GU and TU would need the final week to determine the third and fourth seeds
• Temple, Georgetown and Denver all need to win out to remain in contention for the top two seeds as all programs are 6-1 through seven games
• The Pioneers can claim the top seed if they win out while the Gators lose out
 

 

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