NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (2-1) Tops Marist 15-9 On Feb 22; Offense Beginning To Assert Itself As Three Players Finish With Hat Tricks

Denver Men's Lacrosse vs Marist

Three Pioneers finished with hat tricks as the No. 5/6 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team topped Marist 15-9 in the second game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win improves the Pioneers to 2-1 on the season.
“I was really excited how our offense played coming off our game last weekend,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We really came out and exploded to get those seven goals and that’s how we hope that we will continue to play this season. I thought we struggled in the second half offensively and you have to give Marist a lot of credit because they hung in there and really forced us out of our game.”

Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) led the way with five points off three goals and two assists, securing his third hat trick in three games. Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), while freshman Tyler Pace (Orangeville, Ontario) scored two goals and recorded two assists for four points.

Sophomore Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) dished out one assist.

Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made three saves and secured the win, seeing 30 minutes of action, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made seven saves in 29 minutes. Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 9-of-18 face-offs, while sophomores Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) both won 2-of-4.

Redshirt junior Teddy MacKenzie (Livingston, Mont.) led the way with five ground balls, while Noble finished with four and one caused turnover.

Drew Nesmith led the Red Foxes with three goals, while teammates Colin Joka and Joseph Radin both chipped in two goals each.

Denver led the way in shots (35-33) and saves (10-7), while Marist won the ground ball battle (32-31).

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