Led by a career-high performance from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), the No. 6/6 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Georgetown 17-9 on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The win brings the Pioneers to 8-2 on the season, while the Hoyas falls to 3-7. Denver is also 2-0 in BIG EAST play.
“I’m really proud of these guys,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We had a lot going against us this week in traveling to the east coast where the weather was a little ugly, and playing with different offensive personnel than we normally do. Georgetown is a hungry team and really made it difficult for us in the beginning. Credit goes to Wesley Berg for stepping up when we needed him to and for our entire team in filling in where we had some holes.”
Berg tied his career-high of nine points off a career-high six goals and a career-high three assists. Berg previously tallied nine points in the Pioneers’ NCAA Tournament First Round win over Albany on May 11, 2013. Berg’s six goals also gives him his first sock trick of the season, fourth of his career.
Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) also tied his career high in points, finishing with six off four goals and two assists. Freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) started his first collegiate game for the Pioneers, scoring a career-high three goals for his first hat trick.
Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and sophomore transfer Bryce Parietti (Centennial, Colo.) both finished with a goal each. Parietti’s goal was the first as a Pioneer.
Freshmen Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.), Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and Mike Babb (Denver, Colo.) all finished with an assist each.
Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 5-of-13 face-offs and grabbed three ground balls, while sophomores Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) also saw action.
Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with six saves in the first half, while senior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made two saves. Sophomore Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) made two saves.
Junior Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) caused a career- and game-high three turnovers, while Noble and sophomore Pat Karole (Glen Ridge, N.J.) both finished with two caused turnovers each.
Denver remains on the road, traveling to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Wildcats on Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.