Senior attacker Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) netted his team-leading 13th-career hat trick, but the fourth-seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team fell to top-seeded Syracuse by a count of 9-8 on Saturday evening at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Pioneers ended the season with a 14-5 mark, while Syracuse will take a 16-3 record into Monday’s National Championship game against Duke.
Law’s three goals were complimented on Saturday by two goals from sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and one from seniors Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), Taylor Young (Littleton, Colo.) and Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.). Carraro also won 12-of-21 face-offs in the game. Flint, Young, Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) all finished with one assist.
Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made a season-high 13 saves and allowed just two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game. Junior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made four saves in the second half.
LaPlante was the story of the first half, making 13 saves in the first 30 minutes, snapping his season-high, and was just three saves shy of his career high. Denver raced out to a 3-0 lead on two goals from Adamson and a goal from Carraro. DU’s first three goals were all unassisted. The Orange’s Luke Cometti got his first of two first half goals with 0:53 to play in the opening quarter to cut the Pioneer advantage to 3-1 at the first break.