Daily Archives: April 29, 2011

NCAA Lacrosse: #5 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Fairfield In Final Regular Season Game With ECAC Conference Tournament Championship Looming


The No. 5/6 University of Denver Pioneers host ECAC opponent Fairfield University in their final regular-season home game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday.

The Pioneers come into their match-up with the Stags ranked No. 5 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media poll and No. 6 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Denver is also on a seven-game winning streak and is a perfect 5-0 in league play.

THE SERIES                      

The Pioneers and Stags are deadlocked at 3-3 in the all-time DU DI standings. Last season, the Pioneers defeated the Stags 9-8 in the first game of the Inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The Pioneers were ranked No. 18, while the Stags were No. 18. The win also marked the Pioneers seven-consecutive win.

SCOUTING FAIRFIELD                           

Fairfield University comes into its match-up with DU after defeating Ohio State 11-9 in Columbus, Ohio. The Stags are sporting a 7-6 overall record, 3-2 in ECAC play. Sam Snow and Max Trunz lead the Stags with 26 points each, as Snow has scored 17 goals and Trunz leads the way with 21 assists. Marshall Johnson and Steve Golmont are sharing the face-off duties with Johnson leading the way with a 44.1 face-off percentage. Johnson also leads the team with 34 ground balls. Goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano holds a 7-6 record between the pipes, having logged 779 minutes for a 59.8 save percentage and a 7.46 goals against average. The Stags are averaging 8.00 goals per game on 34.5 shots per game. The Stags have amassed 317 ground balls and have a 40.7 face-off percentage.

PIONEER LEADER BOARD  

Junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) leads Denver with 53 points (34g, 19a), ranking him fourth in the nation in points per game (4.42), third in goals per game (2.83) and 22nd in assists per game (1.58). Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) is second on the team with 44 points (23g, 21a), ranking him 10th in the nation in points per game (3.67), 45th in goals (1.92) and 10th in assists (1.75). Sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) ranks 14th in the nation with a 58.4 face-off percentage. Carraro also ranks 12th in the nation with 6.08 ground balls per game. Denver leads the nation in points per game (20.25) and is second in scoring offense (13.0) and assists per game (7.25).

PETER BARTON STADIUM TO HOST ECAC TOURNAMENT

DU will host the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Thursday, May 5 and Saturday, May 7. Thursday’s first game will begin at 4 p.m. MT, followed by the second game at 7 p.m. MT. Both semifinal games will be webcast live on Pioneer Vision, through DenverPioneers.com.

The winners of the two semifinal games will advance to Saturday’s conference championship that is slated to begin at 11 a.m. MT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Fans are encouraged to check with their local cable or satellite provider for ESPNU in your area. The top four teams at the conclusion of the regular season standings qualify for the conference’s postseason tournament. The ECAC tournament champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Championship Tournament.

Last season, both Denver and Loyola (Md.) qualified for the national tournament with the Pioneers getting the automatic bid and the Greyhounds earning an at-large. Tickets for the ECAC Tournament will go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the Ritchie Center Box Office or at TicketMaster.com.

An All-Session Pass that includes all three games is available for $20 for adults, $15 for kids (12 and under). A Thursday Session Pass is also available for the two semifinal games for $15 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under). Tickets for the championship game on May 7 are available for $10 for adults, $7 for kids (12 and under). Students from any college who present a valid student ID can purchase tickets for $5 for any game.

For more:  http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205144306&DB_OEM_ID=18600

NCAA Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (14-2) Heads Into MPSF Tournament As Top Seed Looking For Automatic Berth Into NCAA Tournament


The Cardinal are set to get the postseason underway this weekend with the MPSF tournament. Stanford (14-2, 6-0 MPSF) holds the top seed and will be looking to secure the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament by winning a pair of games.

Stanford faces California (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 1 p.m. If it advances, Stanford would take on the winner of Denver (7-10, 5-1 MPSF) and Oregon (7-8, 4-2 MPSF) in the final that will take place on Sunday, May 1, also at 1 p.m.

The Cardinal is coming off a strong effort, but a tough loss at No. 5 Northwestern on Sunday. The Cardinal fought back to tie the game at 11-11 with under two minutes to play, only to allow the winning goal by the Wildcats with 23 seconds remaining. Despite the loss, the Cardinal actually rose in the national toll to a program-best No. 6 ranking.

Stanford is looking for its seventh consecutive MPSF tournament title and this time an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament is on the line. Last season, Stanford defeated Denver in overtime, 11-10, in the final to advance to an NCAA play-in game where it topped Massachusetts. This year the conference RPI has improved enough where the play-in game will not include the MPSF and the conference champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Stanford will face Cal in the first semifinal after defeating the Golden Bears 19-11 during the regular season. The Cardinal knocked Cal out of the MPSF tournament last season in the semifinals, winning 9-7. Overall, Stanford has beat Cal six consecutive times and has ended the Bears season in each of the last three conference tournaments.

If Stanford is to reach the final, it will take on either second-seeded Denver or third-seeded Oregon. The Cardinal has defeated both teams this year, knocking off Denver, 16-6, at Cagan and beating Oregon, 18-13, in Eugene.

For more: http://www.gostanford.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/042611aaa.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Maryland Men’s Lacrosse 11-9 Win Over Duke To Win 2011 ACC Lacrosse Championship


Maryland wins 2011 ACC Mens Lacrosse Tournament

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse 22-14 Win Over Simon Fraser On April 8


Arch rivals, Oregon and Simon Fraser square off in Eugene for PNCLL bragging rights. It’s a offensive avalanche featuring the Canadian inside attack against the midfield generated offense of the Ducks. SFU leads by two at halftime, but Oregon out scores them 7 to 3 in the third and cruises to a 22-14 win.