It became clear early on that Denver would not have the typical efficient offensive performance it has become so accustomed to…SU forced five turnovers in the first quarter and four more in the second while the Pioneers managed just 10 shots in the first half.
SU held the Pioneers to their lowest scoring output of the year to pull out a 9-8 win at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to advance to the national championship game. Denver had 17 turnovers, and the Orange forced them into many one-and-done shots they had avoided for most of the year. For Syracuse, the win marked the seventh straight game it limited an opponent to fewer than 10 goals, no small feat against a Denver squad averaging 12.67 scores per contest.
Even though Brian Megill typically covers opponents’ biggest offensive threats, the Orange went with David Hamlin on Pioneers leading scorer Eric Law. Law scored three goals, but all three came on off-ball opportunities, and he never beat Hamlin on a dodge for a score. Meanwhile, Sean Young completely shut down Wes Berg, who was second in the country with 56 goals and had 12 in Denver’s first two tournament games but failed to register a point Saturday.