Sophomore Wesley Berg (#14, above, Coquitlam, British) recorded career-highs in points (9) and goals (8) as the No. 4 seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Albany 19-14 Saturday evening in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. With the victory, the Pioneers move to 13-4 on the season and advance to take on North Carolina in the quarterfinals in Indianapolis, Ind. Albany finishes its season with a 13-5 record.
The game was played in front of a record crowd of 2,621 fans, surpassing the previous record of 2,575 that was set in 2011 as the Pioneers hosted Villanova in the first-ever NCAA Tournament game played West of the Mississippi.
The game brought Berg’s season tallies to 52 goals and 67 points.
Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) finished with five points on four goals and one assist, while classmate Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) tallied four goals.
Freshman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md.) ended the evening with three assists and sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) recorded one goal and three assists. Sophomore Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored a pair of goals. Senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) won 22-of-35 face-offs and finished with nine ground balls. Photo by Rich Clarkson and Associates