Powered by a seven-point performance from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), the No. 5 seeded University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team defeated the Drexel University Dragons 15-6 on Sunday afternoon from Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. In front of 7,222 fans.
Adamson finished with six goals and an assist for a career-high seven points, netting his third career sock trick in the process. Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) tied his season-high in points (5) and season-high in assists (4), while also picking up four ground balls.
Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) tied his career-high of 16 face-offs won off 23 attempts, while also grabbing a career-high 11 ground balls on the day. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) and senior Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) scored two goals each, while Miller added an assist for three points.
Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) both finished with three points off one goal and two assists each, while junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and freshman Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) both tallied assists.
Sophomore Colin Woolford (Norwalk, Conn.) and freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) rounded out the scoring for the Pioneers with one goal apiece.
Senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) tied his season-high of eight saves in 30 minutes of action, allowing only three goals, while junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made three saves and allowed three goals in the first half.
Denver held the advantage in shots (32-28), ground balls (41-21), saves (11-9) and face-offs (16-of-23 to 7-of-23).
Following a two-goal burst from the Dragons to start the game, the Pioneers rebounded as Miller netted his 36th of the season off a pass from Berg. Archer tied the game at 2-2 with 8:50 remaining in the first quarter as Berg found him open 10 yards out.
The Dragons scored with 5:35 left in the first to take a 3-2 lead before Denver scored three straight to end the second quarter with a 5-3 lead. Adamson provided two scores, while Miller dished out his second of the day.
Denver then opened the second quarter, continuing the scoring streak as Noble found Pace on the transition to score his 23rd goal of the season less than 30 seconds into the action. Archer made it 7-3 with 8:47 left to play, scoring his second of the game, ninth of the season as Miller found him open five yards out.
Woolford made it 8-3 with 7:31 left to play as Planning found him open for his second goal of the year. Berg made it 9-3 just 1:11 later, grabbing a loose ball and converting a 16-yard shot straight on cage for his 43rd goal of the season.
Adamson made it 10-3 with 10.9 seconds left before the half as he took a diving five-yard shot across the face of the goal for his third of the day, 41st of the season.
The Pioneers half the Dragons scoreless in the second quarter, making it the 11th time this season that Denver has held a team without a goal in a quarter. Denver has only been held scoreless once in a quarter this season.
Denver opened the third quarter with two straight from Adamson, as Pace and Noble provided the helpers. Adamson’s goal with 11:20, marked the 10th straight goal and the longest scoring streak in a game by the Pioneers under coach Tierney.
Drexel’s Ben McIntosh ended the scoring streak for the Pioneers, netting his second of the game and the 100th goal of his career. Drexel scored another just 17 seconds later before Noble made it 13-5 with an unassisted goal with 4:48 left in third.
Less than a minute later, Adamson scored his sixth goal of the game off a pass from Noble to tie his career high of six goals scored in a game, his second sock trick of the season.
Following a Dragons’ goal to start the fourth quarter, Bridle scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from Adamson to take a 15-6 lead.
Denver advances to play No. 1 seeded Duke in the semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, May 24 at a time to be determined. The game will air live on ESPN2 from M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the third semifinal appearance for the Pioneers in four seasons.