The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team closed the game on a 9-0 run to defeat the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Champion Denver Outlaws 15-7 in the Sixth Annual Colorado Lacrosse Showcase on Saturday afternoon in-front of 1,278 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
“Our lacrosse community here has really grown,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “Thankfully with the Outlaws winning that MLL Championship and with the success that we’ve had here, it’s become a lacrosse town. It was a great crowd, a great showing and a great afternoon. We’re really excited about what goes on in the world of lacrosse out here.”
Sophomore transfer Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) had a hat trick to go along with two assists to lead Denver in scoring on Saturday afternoon. Classmate Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) added two goals and two assists in Denver’s final fall contest. Senior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and junior Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) chipped in two goals and an assist apiece, and sophomore Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) rounded out Denver’s multi-goal scorers on the day with a pair of his own.
The Pioneers won 10-of-14 faceoffs in the second half to finish 17-of-26 in the category, led by 10 wins in 13 attempts from freshman Trevor Baptiste (Newark, N.J.). Baptiste finished the afternoon with a goal and an assist in addition to his performance from the X.
Senior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) played 53 of the 60 minutes, recording nine saves in the victory. Pace, Bobzien, Cannizzaro and freshman Sean Mayle (San Carlos, Calif.) all had a game-high five ground balls.
“We wanted our guys, just like last week when we played a few club teams, to focus on doing what we do and staying on the same page,” Tierney said. “We lost it (the focus) a few times, but overall, I was really happy with our defense and our goalie play. I think our guys will take a lot of confidence from this game as we move into the winter.”
Denver took a 6-4 lead into the intermission, before the Outlaws took their only lead of the day at 7-6 off a 3-0 run in the first 8:47 of the third quarter. Bridle started the game-ending 9-0 run with his second of the afternoon. While holding the Outlaws scoreless in the final 21:13, eight different Pioneers found the back of the net.
The Pioneers are off until January 24 when they travel to Johns Hopkins for an exhibition.