April 12, 2009

Courtesy of Denver

DENVER – The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (6-6, 1-2 GWLL) fell 10-8 in a heartbreaker to the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0, 3-0 GWLL) on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 2,071 at Invesco Field at Mile High in the Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown.


The Fighting Irish led by as many as three, but Denver engineered a comeback to tie the score 8-8 with just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.  In the final two minutes of play, however, the Irish scored two quick goals to put the Pioneers away for good.  It was the first NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse game to be played at Invesco Field.


Denver received offensive help from sophomore Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who each had two goals.  Sophomore Brendan Deblois (Narragansett, R.I.) led the Pioneers with nine ground balls on the day, while sophomore Todd Baxter (Eden Prarie, Minn.) added two assists and a goal.


“We were tied 8-8 with just a couple minutes left in the game and had the ball on offense: you can’t ask for a better opportunity to win the game,” said head coach Jamie Munro.  “It’s a tough loss, but the guys played hard though, and I’m proud of them.”


Denver opened the scoring early at the 12:54 mark when Lay found the back of the net on an unassisted strike for his eighth goal of the year.  Notre Dame answered midway through the first quarter when junior Grant Krebs equalized on an assist from senior Duncan Swezey.  


The Fighting Irish took the lead just minutes later when sophomore Zach Brenneman notched his tenth goal of the season, assisted by senior Peter Christman.  Notre Dame outshot the Pioneers 11-7 in the first quarter, and took a 2-1 lead into the break.


Notre Dame extended its lead at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter when Swezey found net on an assist from senior Ryan Hoff.  Swezey scored again just minutes later on a diving strike to make it 4-1 for the Irish.


With 7:16 remaining, Baxter beat the Notre Dame goalie for his 13th goal of the year on a quick assist from freshman Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), but Notre Dame answered quickly when Brenneman scored his second goal of the day to make it 5-2.  


The goals began piling up for each team late in the second quarter as Denver scored on a quick strike from Lay assisted by Baxter and an unassisted goal by local junior Ben Wahler (Denver, Colo.), while Notre Dame found net twice after senior Ryan Hoff and Krebs each scored to make it 7-4.  


With just seven seconds remaining in the quarter, Matthews cut the Notre Dame lead to two when he scored his 18th goal of the season.  Notre Dame outshot the Pioneers 27-16 in the first half to carry a 7-5 lead into the break.


After a nearly scoreless third quarter, Matthews scored an unassisted goal for the Pioneers with 1:32 remaining to make it 7-6, his second of the day and 19th of the season.  With 9:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame junior Kelly McKenna put the Irish up by two on an assist from sophomore David Earl, but senior Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.) scored an unassisted man-down goal just seconds later to make it 8-7, his 21st goal of the season.  


The Pioneers equalized after Rogers scored an unassisted goal, but with 2:03 on the clock Notre Dame,  freshman Sean Rogers found the back of the net on an assist by junior Neal Hicks to put the Irish up 9-8.  


The Irish extended their lead after Earl beat the Denver goalie on an unassisted strike with just 1:09 remaining.  The Fighting Irish outshot the Pioneers 43-32 on the day, and edged Denver 45-44 in ground balls.


Denver returns to action on Friday, April 17 as it hosts the University of Detroit at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers then host Ohio State just two days later in a 1:30 p.m. contest.





No. 4 ND vs Denver (04/10/09 at Denver, Colo.)

ND (10-0, 3-0 GWLL) vs. Denver (6-6, 1-2 GWLL)

Date: 04/10/09      Location: Denver, Colo.         Stadium: Invesco Field at MH

Attendance:2071   Start time:1:30 pm   End time:3:17 p.m  Total time:1:47    


SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot


ND..................  2  5  0  3 - 10

Denver..............  1  4  1  2 -  8


ND SCORING: GOALS: Swezey, Duncan 3; Krebs, Grant 2; Brenneman, Zach 2; Hoff, Ryan 1; Earl, David 1; McKenna, Kelly 1.

ASSISTS: Christman, Peter 2; Swezey, Duncan 2; Earl, David 1; Hicks, Neal 1; Hoff, Ryan 1.


Denver SCORING: GOALS: Matthews, Mark 2; Lay, Andrew 2; Baxter, Todd 1; Rogers, Patrick 1; Murray, Joey 1; Wahler, Ben 1.

ASSISTS: Baxter, Todd 2; Rogers, Patrick 1.


ND GROUND BALLS: McDermott, Regis 7; TEAM 7; Creighton, Mike 4; Hicks, Neal 4; Barnes, Sam 3; Irving, Andrew 3; Rodgers, Scott 3; Christman, Peter 2; Hoff, Ryan 2; Sipperly, Trever 2; Swezey, Duncan 2; Brenneman, Zach 1; Earl, David 1; Krebs, Grant 1; Marmul, Jake 1; McKenna, Kelly 1; Ridgway, Kevin 1.


Denver GROUND BALLS: Deblois, Brendan 9; Roy, Dillon 8; Wahler, Ben 5; Lowell, Peter 4; Matthews, Mark 4; Konkel, Austin 3; Baxter, Todd 2; MacDonald, Jamie 2; Demopoulos, Alex 1; Dickenson, John 1; Murray, Joey 1; Rogers, Patrick 1; Sanders, Payton 1; TEAM 1; Widerstedt, Kyle 1.


ND TURNOVERS CAUSED: McDermott, Regis 4; Barnes, Sam 2; Beattie, Nicholas 1; Creighton, Mike 1; Krebs, Grant 1; Ridgway, Kevin 1; Swezey, Duncan 1.

Denver TURNOVERS CAUSED: Deblois, Brendan 4; Roy, Dillon 2; Lay, Andrew 1; Lowell, Peter 1; Murray, Joey 1; Smith, Cliff 1.


SHOTS - ND 43; Denver 32.

SHOTS ON GOAL - ND 19; Denver 23.


Penalties - ND 0/0:00; Denver 1/1:00.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - ND 0-1; Denver 0-0.


TURNOVERS - ND 20; Denver 18.


FACEOFFS - ND 12-22; Denver 10-22.


CLEARS - ND 18-20; Denver 16-21.


GOALIES - ND: Rodgers, Scott 10-0 (60:00 minutes, 23 shots-15 saves, 8 GA); DEN: Lowell, Peter 5-4 (60:00, 19-9, 10).


Start time: 1:30 pm   Finish time: 3:17 p.m  Length of game: 1:47

Officials:. Scorer: Nicole Dupes.