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#2 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Rolls To 14-7 Win Over Villanova To Capture BIG EAST Championship; Earns Automatic Bid To NCAA Championships


Denver captured the Big East championship with a 14-7 win against No. 3 seeded Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. The win extends the Pioneers’ win streak to 11 consecutive games and gives Denver the automatic bid to the NCAA DI Men’s Lacrosse Championships that begins May 10-11. “Villanova really played us tough in the first half, taking us out of our game a little,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “I think our defense really stepped up in the second half, Chris Hampton had another outstanding game, and our offense found its rhythm in the second half.” Freshman Zach Miller led the Pioneers with five points off four goals and two assists, picking up his seventh hat trick of the season. For his efforts Miller was named to the Big East All-Tournament team, finishing with five goals and three assists for eight points in two games. Junior Wesley Berg was named the most outstanding player of the tournament, posting three goals on the day, bringing his two-game total to eight goals and two assists for 10 points. Sophomore Jack Bobzien and freshman Tyler Pace both registered three points of two goals and an assist. Bobzien also picked up four ground balls, earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Senior Jeremy Noble and junior Garret Holst both tallied assists, while juniors Mike Riis and Sean Cannizzaro, along with senior Harrison Archer all tallied a goal each. Sophomore faceoff specialist Chris Hampton tied his career-high by winning 16-of-24 faceoffs, while also grabbing a career-high 10 ground balls to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Senior goalie Jamie Faus was the goalie of record, making five saves and allowing only one goal, bringing his season record to 5-2 on the season. Faus earned all-tournament team honors. Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante made three saves on the day. Denver held the advantage in shots (42-24), ground balls (40-18), face-offs (17-of-26 to 9-of-26), while Villanova made 13 saves to Denver’s 8. Devin McNamara and Matt McIver both led the Wildcats with two goals each.

Denver captured the Big East championship with a 14-7 win against No. 3 seeded Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. The win extends the Pioneers’ win streak to 11 consecutive games and gives Denver the automatic bid to the NCAA DI Men’s Lacrosse Championships that begins May 10-11.
“Villanova really played us tough in the first half, taking us out of our game a little,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “I think our defense really stepped up in the second half, Chris Hampton had another outstanding game, and our offense found its rhythm in the second half.”
Freshman Zach Miller led the Pioneers with five points off four goals and two assists, picking up his seventh hat trick of the season. For his efforts Miller was named to the Big East All-Tournament team, finishing with five goals and three assists for eight points in two games.
Junior Wesley Berg was named the most outstanding player of the tournament, posting three goals on the day, bringing his two-game total to eight goals and two assists for 10 points.
Sophomore Jack Bobzien and freshman Tyler Pace both registered three points of two goals and an assist. Bobzien also picked up four ground balls, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
Senior Jeremy Noble and junior Garret Holst both tallied assists, while juniors Mike Riis and Sean Cannizzaro, along with senior Harrison Archer all tallied a goal each.
Sophomore faceoff specialist Chris Hampton tied his career-high by winning 16-of-24 faceoffs, while also grabbing a career-high 10 ground balls to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
Senior goalie Jamie Faus was the goalie of record, making five saves and allowing only one goal, bringing his season record to 5-2 on the season. Faus earned all-tournament team honors. Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante made three saves on the day.
Denver held the advantage in shots (42-24), ground balls (40-18), face-offs (17-of-26 to 9-of-26), while Villanova made 13 saves to Denver’s 8.
Devin McNamara and Matt McIver both led the Wildcats with two goals each.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Advances To BIG EAST Championship Game With 14-7 Win Over Rutgers


Powered by a seven-point showing from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), top-seeded and No. 2/2 nationally ranked University of Denver men’s lacrosse defeated No. 4 seeded Rutgers, 14-7 in the BIG EAST Semifinals at Villanova Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The win advances the Pioneers to Saturday’s Championship game where they will face either No. 3 seed Villanova or No. 2 seed Marquette. “I’m really proud of each facet of our game,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Our goalies both played fantastically well. Chris Hampton dominated face-offs. Our defense played well, holding them to only four goals until the fourth quarter. Our offense was clicking in the first half, but just wasn’t scoring as we usually do. This is credit to the way Rutgers was defending us.” Berg finished the day with his fifth hat trick of the season, 17th of his career, netting five goals to go along with two assists for seven points. With his seven points, Berg now has 152 career points, tied for sixth all-time with former Pioneer and current Denver Outlaw Eric Law. His 110 career goals are No. 6 all-time, three shy of associate head coach Matt Brown who sits at No. 5. Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), who finished with three goals and two assists for five points. Adamson tallied his eighth hat trick of the season. Sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) tallied two goals, while freshman Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) and senior Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) each tallied a goal each. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) found his scoring ways with a goal and two assists and junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) got back into the scoring column with a goal and an assist. Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) posted two assists, while causing one turnover and picking up five ground balls. Noble’s two assists give him 73 career assists, tied for No. 2 in Pioneer history, sitting behind Pioneer great Ed “Tug” Howe who played for the Pioneers from 1967-70. He is nine assists shy of the school record. The midfielder’s five ground balls brings his career total to 197, moving him into the top-five in career ground balls all-time. Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won a career-high 16 face-offs off a career-tying 24 attempts against one of the nation’s top face-off takers. Hampton also grabbed a career-high nine ground balls.

Powered by a seven-point showing from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), top-seeded and No. 2/2 nationally ranked University of Denver men’s lacrosse defeated No. 4 seeded Rutgers, 14-7 in the BIG EAST Semifinals at Villanova Stadium on Thursday afternoon. The win advances the Pioneers to Saturday’s Championship game where they will face either No. 3 seed Villanova or No. 2 seed Marquette.
“I’m really proud of each facet of our game,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Our goalies both played fantastically well. Chris Hampton dominated face-offs. Our defense played well, holding them to only four goals until the fourth quarter. Our offense was clicking in the first half, but just wasn’t scoring as we usually do. This is credit to the way Rutgers was defending us.”
Berg finished the day with his fifth hat trick of the season, 17th of his career, netting five goals to go along with two assists for seven points. With his seven points, Berg now has 152 career points, tied for sixth all-time with former Pioneer and current Denver Outlaw Eric Law. His 110 career goals are No. 6 all-time, three shy of associate head coach Matt Brown who sits at No. 5.
Also scoring for the Pioneers was junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), who finished with three goals and two assists for five points. Adamson tallied his eighth hat trick of the season.
Sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) tallied two goals, while freshman Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) and senior Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) each tallied a goal each. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) found his scoring ways with a goal and two assists and junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) got back into the scoring column with a goal and an assist.
Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) posted two assists, while causing one turnover and picking up five ground balls. Noble’s two assists give him 73 career assists, tied for No. 2 in Pioneer history, sitting behind Pioneer great Ed “Tug” Howe who played for the Pioneers from 1967-70. He is nine assists shy of the school record. The midfielder’s five ground balls brings his career total to 197, moving him into the top-five in career ground balls all-time.
Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won a career-high 16 face-offs off a career-tying 24 attempts against one of the nation’s top face-off takers. Hampton also grabbed a career-high nine ground balls.

“2014 All-BIG EAST” Men’s Lacrosse Team Awards Features Six Denver First Team Selections


BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse

All-BIG EAST Team and Major Awards in Men’s Lacrosse

Attack Player of the Year – Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr.
Midfielder of the Year – Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr. (&)
Defensive Player of the Year – John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Joe Amplo, Marquette

First Team All-BIG EAST
Wes Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^
Tyler Melnyk, Marquette, R-Sr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^
Erik Adamson, Denver, Jr., M
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^
Peter Conley, Georgetown, Fr., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Fr., D
B.J. Grill, Marquette, R-So., D ^
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, Gr., FOS ^
Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK (at-large selection)
Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr., GK

Second Team All-BIG EAST %
Jack Bobzien, Denver, So., A
Scott Bieda, Rutgers, So., A
Kevin Cernuto, St. John’s, Sr., A
Kyle Whitlow, Marquette, R-So., M
Anthony Terranova, Rutgers, R-Sr., M
Ryan Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Sr., M
Jack Curran, Villanova, So., M
Nick Contino, Rutgers, Sr., D
Mark DiFrangia, St. John’s, Jr., D
Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D
Liam Byrnes, Marquette, R-So., LSM
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FOS
Dan Willis, Villanova, Fr., GK

Key
& – unanimous selection for Midfielder of the Year
^ – unanimous first-team selection
% – second team included four midfielders because of a tie in the voting

Denver Men’s Lacrosse (12-2) Faces Rutgers At BIG EAST Tournament On May 1 In Villanova, PA


The No. 2/2/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team opens the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed this Thursday against No. 4 seed Rutgers at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. The Pioneers and Scarlet Knights will open the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. MT face-off. Rutgers is 8-7 on the season and 3-3 in BIG EAST Play. Denver has won nine straight games, sitting at 12-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to capture the BIG EAST Regular Season Title. The win-streak is 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 Rutgers are deadlocked at 1-1 in the all-time series that dates back to March of 1999. • Earlier this season, Denver defeated Rutgers 17-11 at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,232 fans. SCOUTING RUTGERS •The Scarlet Knights come into Thursday’s contest with an 8-7 overall record. •Although Rutgers has lost three of its last five, the Scarlet Knights stole a 12-8 win over Georgetown over the weekend to seal its trip to the BIG EAST Tournament. •Scott Klimchak leads the Scarlet Knights with 42 points off 37 goals and five assists, while Christian Trasolini is close behind with 40 points off 27 goals and 13 assists. •Face-off specialist Joseph Nardella has won 199-of-306 face-offs for a 0.650 winning percentage, ranking him No. 4 in the nation. •Goalie Kris Alleyne leads the team with 116 saves, while also posting a .504 save percentage and an 11.03 goals-against average. •Rutgers averages 12.47 goals, 7.6 assists and 20.1 points per game off 38.8 shots per game. SCOUTING THE PIONEERS •Denver is coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at home that improved the Pioneers to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in league play. •The Pioneers’ 12-2 start matches the best start for the program since 2011 when it advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. •Sophomore Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 51 points and 34 goals, while also dishing our 17 assists. The transfer ranks No. 25 in the nation in points per game (3.64) and No. 27 in points per game (2.43). •Bobzien and junior Carson Cannon picked up BIG EAST Honor Roll honors after their performances in the Pioneers 17-9 win over Marquette. Bobzien tallied five points off four goals and one assist, while Cannon caused three turnovers and picked up two ground balls. •Junior Wesley Berg is second on the team with 48 points off 33 goals and 15 assists. •Senior Jeremy Noble leads the Pioneers with 27 assists and has 38 ground balls on the year. •Face-off specialist Chris Hampton has a team-best 42 ground balls and has won 95-of-195 face-offs so far this year. •Goalie tandem of Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus have been splitting time in net. LaPlante has 82 saves on the season, a .577 save percentage and an 8.90 goals-against average. Faus has 68 saves, a .540 save percentage and an 8.20 goals-against average. •Denver has the second-best winning percentage in the nation (0.857), the fourth-best scoring offense (13.36), the second best shot percentage (0.384) and the fifth-best scoring margin (4.71).

The No. 2/2/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team opens the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed this Thursday against No. 4 seed Rutgers at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa. The Pioneers and Scarlet Knights will open the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. MT face-off. Rutgers is 8-7 on the season and 3-3 in BIG EAST Play.
Denver has won nine straight games, sitting at 12-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to capture the BIG EAST Regular Season Title. The win-streak is 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 Rutgers are deadlocked at 1-1 in the all-time series that dates back to March of 1999.
• Earlier this season, Denver defeated Rutgers 17-11 at home in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,232 fans.
SCOUTING RUTGERS
•The Scarlet Knights come into Thursday’s contest with an 8-7 overall record.
•Although Rutgers has lost three of its last five, the Scarlet Knights stole a 12-8 win over Georgetown over the weekend to seal its trip to the BIG EAST Tournament.
•Scott Klimchak leads the Scarlet Knights with 42 points off 37 goals and five assists, while Christian Trasolini is close behind with 40 points off 27 goals and 13 assists.
•Face-off specialist Joseph Nardella has won 199-of-306 face-offs for a 0.650 winning percentage, ranking him No. 4 in the nation.
•Goalie Kris Alleyne leads the team with 116 saves, while also posting a .504 save percentage and an 11.03 goals-against average.
•Rutgers averages 12.47 goals, 7.6 assists and 20.1 points per game off 38.8 shots per game.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
•Denver is coming off a 17-9 win over Marquette at home that improved the Pioneers to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in league play.
•The Pioneers’ 12-2 start matches the best start for the program since 2011 when it advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
•Sophomore Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 51 points and 34 goals, while also dishing our 17 assists. The transfer ranks No. 25 in the nation in points per game (3.64) and No. 27 in points per game (2.43).
•Bobzien and junior Carson Cannon picked up BIG EAST Honor Roll honors after their performances in the Pioneers 17-9 win over Marquette. Bobzien tallied five points off four goals and one assist, while Cannon caused three turnovers and picked up two ground balls.
•Junior Wesley Berg is second on the team with 48 points off 33 goals and 15 assists.
•Senior Jeremy Noble leads the Pioneers with 27 assists and has 38 ground balls on the year.
•Face-off specialist Chris Hampton has a team-best 42 ground balls and has won 95-of-195 face-offs so far this year.
•Goalie tandem of Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus have been splitting time in net. LaPlante has 82 saves on the season, a .577 save percentage and an 8.90 goals-against average. Faus has 68 saves, a .540 save percentage and an 8.20 goals-against average.
•Denver has the second-best winning percentage in the nation (0.857), the fourth-best scoring offense (13.36), the second best shot percentage (0.384) and the fifth-best scoring margin (4.71).

#3 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Hits The Road To Face Providence In BIG EAST Match On April 19


The No. 3/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team hits the road to play BIG EAST opponent Providence College, on Saturday at 10 a.m. MT in Providence, R.I. Providence is 3-10 on the season, seeing its last win on March 4th. The Friar’s are 0-4 in conference play. Denver has won seven straight games, sitting at 10-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s.  The win-streak is 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 •The Pioneers lead Providence 3-0 in the overall series. •Denver also holds a 2-0 advantage when playing at Providence. SCOUTING PROVIDENCE •The Friars come into Saturday’s match-up with a 3-10 record on the year, winning three of their first four games. •Providence sits at 0-4 in conference play and has yet to win a game on its home field. •Andrew Barton leads the Friars in points (41/3.80) and goals (27/2.08). Sean Wright leads Providence with 19 assists, ranking third in the BIG EAST with 1.46 assists per game. •Face-off specialist Ryan Shaw has won 91-of-212 face-offs, while also grabbing a team-high 52 ground balls. Shaw is ranked fifth in the conference with 5 ground balls per game. •The Friars are second in the league in man-up goals (1.46) and in save percentage (.509). •Providence is averaging 8.54 goals per game, 4.15 assists per game and 12.69 points per game. SCOUTING THE PIONEERS •Denver is coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s in its fourth BIG EAST victory of the conference season. •Senior Jeremy Noble provided the Pioneers with five points off of two goals and three assists to bring in the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award. The midfielder has eleven goals on the season to go along with 20 assists for 31 points. He also leads the team with 35 ground balls. •Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 28 goals and 44 points. Bobzien ranks No. 24 in the nation in points per game (3.67), No. 34 in goals per game (2.33) and No. 6 in shot percentage (.519). •Freshman Zach Miller is ranked No. 2 in the country in shot percentage (.558), No. 46 in goals per game (2.18) and No. 49 in points per game (3.18). •Denver has seven student-athletes (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson, Noble, Pace, Cannizzaro) that have tallied 10-or-more points, five (Noble, Adamson, Bobzien, Berg, Miller) with 30-or-more points and two (Berg and Bobzein) with 40-or-more points. Four Pioneers (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson) have scored 20-or-more goals this season. •Denver is tied for the 6th-best scoring offense in the nation (13.00), the fifth-best scoring margin (4.14) and the second-best shot percentage (.385).

The No. 3/3 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team hits the road to play BIG EAST opponent Providence College, on Saturday at 10 a.m. MT in Providence, R.I. Providence is 3-10 on the season, seeing its last win on March 4th. The Friar’s are 0-4 in conference play. Denver has won seven straight games, sitting at 10-2 on the season. The Pioneers are coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s.
The win-streak is 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
•The Pioneers lead Providence 3-0 in the overall series.
•Denver also holds a 2-0 advantage when playing at Providence.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE
•The Friars come into Saturday’s match-up with a 3-10 record on the year, winning three of their first four games.
•Providence sits at 0-4 in conference play and has yet to win a game on its home field.
•Andrew Barton leads the Friars in points (41/3.80) and goals (27/2.08). Sean Wright leads Providence with 19 assists, ranking third in the BIG EAST with 1.46 assists per game.
•Face-off specialist Ryan Shaw has won 91-of-212 face-offs, while also grabbing a team-high 52 ground balls. Shaw is ranked fifth in the conference with 5 ground balls per game.
•The Friars are second in the league in man-up goals (1.46) and in save percentage (.509).
•Providence is averaging 8.54 goals per game, 4.15 assists per game and 12.69 points per game.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
•Denver is coming off a 16-9 win over St. John’s in its fourth BIG EAST victory of the conference season.
•Senior Jeremy Noble provided the Pioneers with five points off of two goals and three assists to bring in the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award. The midfielder has eleven goals on the season to go along with 20 assists for 31 points. He also leads the team with 35 ground balls.
•Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien leads the Pioneers with 28 goals and 44 points. Bobzien ranks No. 24 in the nation in points per game (3.67), No. 34 in goals per game (2.33) and No. 6 in shot percentage (.519).
•Freshman Zach Miller is ranked No. 2 in the country in shot percentage (.558), No. 46 in goals per game (2.18) and No. 49 in points per game (3.18).
•Denver has seven student-athletes (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson, Noble, Pace, Cannizzaro) that have tallied 10-or-more points, five (Noble, Adamson, Bobzien, Berg, Miller) with 30-or-more points and two (Berg and Bobzein) with 40-or-more points. Four Pioneers (Bobzien, Berg, Miller, Adamson) have scored 20-or-more goals this season.
•Denver is tied for the 6th-best scoring offense in the nation (13.00), the fifth-best scoring margin (4.14) and the second-best shot percentage (.385).

Denver Men’s Lacrosse (7-2) Opens BIG EAST Play With 17-11 Win Over Rutgers On March 22


Four Pioneers finished with four points each as the No. 5/5 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Rutgers University 17-11 in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,232 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in snowy conditions on Saturday afternoon. The win is the first for the Pioneers in BIG EAST play as the league’s newest members. “Overall it was a good win,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “It was our first BIG EAST game. Our kids have never seen Rutgers and even though I’ve played against them during my days at Princeton, this is a whole new team. You could see it in the first quarter that everyone was dancing around one another trying to get their offenses to click. We definitely feel like there are things that we could have done better, but I’m proud of how this team fought to get the win, considering the weather conditions that we played in.” Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) led the team with four goals for his second career hat trick. Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) and freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) both finished with three goals and an assist each for four points, both netting their fifth hat trick of the season. Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) also finished with four points off one goal and three assists, while junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored two goals and tallied one assist for three points. Juniors Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), as well as freshmen Connor Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) and Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) all scored one goal each on the day to round out the scoring. Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the face-off corps with a 9-of-16 showing at the X, while sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 3-of-9 and sophomore Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) won 2-of-5. Hampton also grabbed a career-high seven ground balls, leading the Pioneers. Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) earned his fourth win of the season with 11 saves in just 30 minutes of action, allowing only five goals. Senior captain Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made two saves in 27:25 minutes of action, while sophomore Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) made one save in 2:35 minutes.

Four Pioneers finished with four points each as the No. 5/5 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated Rutgers University 17-11 in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,232 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in snowy conditions on Saturday afternoon. The win is the first for the Pioneers in BIG EAST play as the league’s newest members.
“Overall it was a good win,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “It was our first BIG EAST game. Our kids have never seen Rutgers and even though I’ve played against them during my days at Princeton, this is a whole new team. You could see it in the first quarter that everyone was dancing around one another trying to get their offenses to click. We definitely feel like there are things that we could have done better, but I’m proud of how this team fought to get the win, considering the weather conditions that we played in.”
Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) led the team with four goals for his second career hat trick. Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) and freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) both finished with three goals and an assist each for four points, both netting their fifth hat trick of the season.
Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) also finished with four points off one goal and three assists, while junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) scored two goals and tallied one assist for three points.
Juniors Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), as well as freshmen Connor Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) and Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.) all scored one goal each on the day to round out the scoring.
Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the face-off corps with a 9-of-16 showing at the X, while sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 3-of-9 and sophomore Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) won 2-of-5. Hampton also grabbed a career-high seven ground balls, leading the Pioneers.
Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) earned his fourth win of the season with 11 saves in just 30 minutes of action, allowing only five goals. Senior captain Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made two saves in 27:25 minutes of action, while sophomore Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) made one save in 2:35 minutes.

NCAA Lacrosse: #4 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Win 2014 BIG East Conference Title


Denver Men's Lacrosse Logo

The No. 4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team was picked to win the BIG East in its first season as an affiliate member, the league office announced Wednesday. Denver topped the poll with 36 points and six first-place votes, while St. John’s took second with 31 points and the last remaining first-place vote.

“I would imagine that our 2013 team success moved the coaches to vote the Pioneers as a favorite going into the 2014 season,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “We have such great respect and admiration for all of our BIG EAST opponents and their coaches, and are very aware of the effort it will take to be successful in this league. We look forward to our inaugural season and will do whatever it takes to convince our conference affiliates that they made the right decision in admitting us.”

Big East LacrosseVillanova was third with 25 points, followed by Georgetown with 22 points. Rounding out the poll were Providence and Rutgers, which tied for fifth with 12 points apiece, and Marquette in seventh with nine points.

Voting was conducted by the seven BIG EAST head men’s lacrosse coaches who could not cast ballots for their own players or teams.

The Pioneers enter the conference following two appearances in the NCAA semifinals in the last three seasons

St. John’s senior attackman Kieran McArdle was named BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Villanova senior long-stick midfielder John LoCascio was picked the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Denver placed a conference-high four on the preseason quad, including seniors Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.), and juniors Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Carson Cannon (Stillwater, Minn.).

“As we move into the BIG EAST Conference, our excitement for playing against new teams and their great players, is very high,” Tierney said. “We are always very proud of our players when acknowledged for their individual abilities, and these ballot results are especially honored because they are voted upon by the conference coaches.”

Georgetown and Villanova tied with three selections apiece. Senior defender John Urbank, junior attackman Reilly O’Connor and junior midfielder Charlie McCormick represented the Hoyas, while the senior defensive pair of Chris Conroy and Chris Piccirilli joined LoCascio from the Wildcats.

Providence (senior midfielder Andrew Barton), Rutgers (junior face-off specialist Joe Nardella) and St. John’s (McArdle) placed one student-athlete each on the team.

Denver (14-5, 6-1 ECAC in 2013) enters the BIG EAST as the favorite in 2014. The Pioneers’ 2013 season ended with a 9-8 heartbreaker to Syracuse in the NCAA semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Pioneers are ranked fourth in both the USILA Coaches and Warrior Inside Lacrosse media polls released on Monday.

2014 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Denver – 36 points (6 first-place votes)

2. St. John’s – 31 (1)

3. Villanova – 25

4. Georgetown – 22

5. Providence – 12

Rutgers – 12

7. Marquette – 9

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^

All-BIG EAST Team

Wesley Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^

Reilly O’Connor, Georgetown, Jr., A

Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^

Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^

Charlie McCormick, Georgetown, Jr., M

Andrew Barton, Providence, Sr., M

Carson Cannon, Denver, Jr., D ^

John Urbank, Georgetown, Sr., D

Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D

Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D

John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^

Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FO

Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK

^ – unanimous selections

Denver opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Air Force at 1 p.m. MT. The Pioneers then travel to take on defending national champions Duke on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Durham, N.C.

Season tickets are on sale for the 2014 season for $70 (seven games). Single-game tickets are available for $9. Children, ages two and under, are free and can only sit on a lap. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card.

Tickets for the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic are also on sale. The two-day, four-game pass must be purchased in advance and is available for $20. Face-Off Classic single-day passes (two games) are $15.

To purchase tickets, fans can do so in person at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center Box Office, online at www.DenverPioneers.com/Tickets or at 303-871-2336.

For groups of 20 or more, tickets are available for a discounted price. To purchase tickets, fans can do so in person at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center Box Office, online at www.DenverPioneers.com/Tickets or at 303-871-2336.

With a donation of $300 and the purchase of a full-season ticket package, fans can experience the Peter Barton Stadium Gold Club, which offers a pre- and in-game buffet, private cash bar, mid-field seating area, game notes and the ability to purchase additional Gold Club individual tickets.

Or with a donation of $600 and the purchase of at least two full-season ticket packages, fans can experience the Gold Club in addition to “Lax Zone” premium parking.

The “Lax Zone,” is located on the north side of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center in the surface parking lot and serves as the premium tailgating experience for fans, with the hopes of creating the best home-field advantage possible while also branding Denver, Colo., as the Lacrosse Capital of the West.

The “Lax Zone” features season-long reserved spaces for fans to host their friends and family and share in the Pioneer spirit prior to face-off. Fans who have a “Lax Zone” tailgating spot will receive one parking space just steps away from Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

To secure your Denver Lacrosse Gold Club and/or “Lax Zone” parking space for this season, please contact Ryan Lowe, Director of Development at (303) 871-3720 or Ryan.Lowe@du.edu.

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