Paced by a five-point performance from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), the No. 9 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team stunned the No. 5 Penn State Nitany Lions 15-11 on Monday night at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in front of 1,816 fans. The win bumps the Pioneers to 5-2 on the season, while Penn State falls to 3-2.
“I have to give these guys a lot of credit the way they pulled out this win tonight,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “They pulled out two really tough wins against top-10 teams in just two days. This Penn State team is a really good lacrosse team and I’m so proud of our guys with the resolve that they showed. It’s not easy to play a weekend like this, especially against two teams of this caliber, so I have to not only thank our players but our entire coaching staff for being able to not only get everyone physically ready, but also mentally prepared.”
Adamson finished with his third hat trick of the season, sixth of his career, as he netted four goals and tallied one assist for five points. The Big East Offensive Player of the Week followed up his six-goal performance against Notre Dame on Saturday by targeting five-of-his-eight shots on net, while also grabbing one ground ball and causing one turnover.
Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) netted his first collegiate hat trick as he placed six-of-his-nine shots on cage. Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) both finished with three points off two goals and an assist a piece.
Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) both finished with two points each of a goal and an assist, while senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Mike Riis (Carlsbad, Calif.) both finished with a goal each. Riis’ goal was the first of his career and the first by a Pioneer long-pole this season. Noble also finished with a game-high seven ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers.