#5 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Head East To Face Drexel In NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals On May 18; Pioneers Riding A 12-Game Win Streak


The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will play Drexel on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. MT at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. Sunday’s game will be televised live on ESPNU/WatchESPN.com and will also be available on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Drexel is ranked No. 12 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and No. 11 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll that was released last week. Drexel has a 13-4 record on the season and is coming off a 16-11 win over Penn in its first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game in program history. Denver advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 9-5 win over North Carolina in the opening round hosted at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium this past weekend. The win marked the third straight over North Carolina in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Denver has won 12 straight games, sitting at 15-2 on the season, while Drexel has won nine straight games.  The win-streak matches the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).

The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will play Drexel on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. MT at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. Sunday’s game will be televised live on ESPNU/WatchESPN.com and will also be available on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Drexel is ranked No. 12 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and No. 11 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll that was released last week.
Drexel has a 13-4 record on the season and is coming off a 16-11 win over Penn in its first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game in program history. Denver advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 9-5 win over North Carolina in the opening round hosted at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium this past weekend. The win marked the third straight over North Carolina in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
Denver has won 12 straight games, sitting at 15-2 on the season, while Drexel has won nine straight games.
The win-streak matches the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).

THE SERIES

  • Denver and Drexel are tied at 1-1 in the all-time series that began in 2006. The Pioneers topped the Dragons 14-11 in their first meeting on March 28, 2006, while the Dragons edged the Pioneers 9-8 on March 24, 2009.

SCOUTING DREXEL

  • Drexel is ranked No. 12 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and No. 11 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll that was released last week.
  • Drexel has a 13-4 record on the season and is coming off a 16-11 win over Penn in its first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game in program history.
  • The Dragons are making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Hofstra, 11-10, in a thrilling triple-overtime win in the CAA Championship game.
  • After starting off 4-4, the Dragons have won nine straight games, their longest winning streak since the 1998 team won 11 in a row to start the season. The Dragons’ last loss came on March 22 against Hofstra at Vidas Field.
  • Ben McIntosh leads the Dragons with 62 points off 46 goals and 16 assists, while Nick Trizano and Cole Shafer have 52 points each. Trizano has 38 goals and 14 assists and Shafer has 35 goals and 17 assists.
  • Nick Saputo has won 248-of-389 face-offs on the year, picking up a team-high 163 ground balls.
  • Goalie Will Gabrielsen has a 13-3 record on the year, compiling a .534 save percentage and a 9.50 goals-against average.
  • The Dragons average 41.29 shots per game, 24.71 on-goal, while also averaging 11.94 goals, 6.53 assists and 18.47 points per game.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

  • Denver advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 9-5 win over North Carolina in the opening round hosted at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium this past weekend.
  • The win marked the third straight over North Carolina in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
  • Denver has won 12 straight games, sitting at 15-2 on the season, while Drexel has won nine straight games. 
  • The win-streak matches the Pioneers’ longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).
  • Denver is averaging 35.76 shots per game, 13.18 goals per game, 7.4 assists per game and 20.5 points per game.
  • Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) lead the team with 60 points. Berg has 42 goals and 18 assists, while Bobzien has 39 goals and 21 assists.
  • Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) leads the Pioneers with 31 assists.
  • Denver has the third-best scoring offense in the nation (13.18), the third-best scoring margin (4.94), the fourth-best points-per-game average (20.53) and the fourth-best shot percentage (.368).
  • The Pioneers also have the best winning percentage (.882) in the nation and the fewest turnovers per game in the nation (11.47).

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