The No. 8/9 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was led by a career performance from freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) in its 9-5 win over Ohio State at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,500 fans. Miller finished with a career-high five goals to go along with two assists for a career-high seven points.
“This was a great team win for us today,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Even though Zach scored a majority of our goals, it took our entire offense to come together to get him those open looks. Our defense really stepped up big, helping out Ryan and Jamie in goal today. For a team to play three games in a week and also secure three wins over two top-10 teams during that stretch is a huge feat.”
Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) finished with two goals, while senior captain Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) netted one goal and two assists for three points. Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with one goal, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) tallied one assist.
Sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 9-of-16 face-offs, while also grabbing a game-high four ground balls.
Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made five saves in the first half, allowing three goals. Senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made eight saves and allowed only two goals in 30 minutes of action to earn the win.
David Planning finished with a hat trick for Ohio State, while also tallying an assist for four points on the day. John Kelly and J.T. Blubaugh scored one goal each, while Reegan Comeault, Jesse King and Carter Brown all added an assist each. Goalie Greg Dutton finished with six saves.
Denver held the advantage in ground balls (28-17) and saves (13-6), while Ohio State led in shots (29-26).
Ohio State opened the scoring 2:06 into the action as Kelly scored a goal from Planning. Denver answered with two straight goals from Miller and then Pace to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third quarter.
Miller scored his second of the game, 17th of the season, with 9:02 remaining in the second quarter to put the Pioneers up 3-1. Ohio State answered with a man-up goal from Planning with 7:28 left, and then tied the game at 3-3 off a goal from Blubaugh with 2:22 remaining before the half.