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Denver Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2015 Online Media Guide; Pioneers Have Reached NCAA Championship Weekend 3 Of The Past 4 Seasons


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Denver Men Top MLL Denver Outlaws 15-7 In 6th Annual Colorado Lacrosse Showcase On Oct 18


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.

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.

#5 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Falls To #1 Duke 15-12 In NCAA Tournament Semifinals On May 24


The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team made a second-half push, but came up on the short end of a 15-12 result against No. 1 seed and defending national champion Duke on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The setback marks the second consecutive season that the Pioneers have advanced to the national semifinals and the third time in the last four seasons overall.  Denver closes out the season 16-3 overall, while Duke improves to 16-3 and advances to Monday’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game. Denver rallied to outscore the Blue Devils 8-7 in the second half after being outscored by Duke 8-4 over the initial 30 minutes of action, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils scored three of the game’s final four goals after Denver got to within 12-11 with 11:09 remaining in regulation. Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) paced Denver in defeat with a game-high five goals on 10 shots, while also collecting three ground balls.  Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) each contributed three scores. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist in the loss while junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) came up with a trio of ground balls. Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the Pioneers in the faceoff circle, capturing 12-of-27 draws. Jordan Wolf (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kyle Keenan (4 goals, 1 assist) paced Duke offensively in the win. Denver jumped on the board first as Berg netted his 44th goal of the season, sneaking a pass around a Duke defender as he lost his footing. Following back-to-back goals by the Blue Devils, Pace tied the game at 2-2 with his 24th goal of the season, beating his defender top-side. With 1:11 remaining in the quarter, Duke’s Cohen scored to put the Blue Devils up 3-2 off a pass from Jordan Wolf. Bobzien tied the score 3-3 29 seconds into the second quarter as he circled the cage, taking his defender one-on-one and slipping it low post past the keeper. Duke answered with a goal less than a minute later to regain the lead. Berg scored his second of the game, 45th of the season, with 8:15 left in the second quarter, beating the Blue Devils keeper low from 10 yards out. Duke answered with 6:26 left to take the lead for the fourth time in the game. Duke made it 6-4 with 4:54 left before the halftime as Wolf scooped up the loose ball after a save by LaPlante put the ball back in play. LaPlante had made his fifth save of the day off a shot by Jones. Wolf scored his second of the game with 2:33 and then his third of the game with 7.5 seconds left to put the Blue Devils up by their largest margin of the game, 8-4.

The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team made a second-half push, but came up on the short end of a 15-12 result against No. 1 seed and defending national champion Duke on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The setback marks the second consecutive season that the Pioneers have advanced to the national semifinals and the third time in the last four seasons overall. Denver closes out the season 16-3 overall, while Duke improves to 16-3 and advances to Monday’s NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game.
Denver rallied to outscore the Blue Devils 8-7 in the second half after being outscored by Duke 8-4 over the initial 30 minutes of action, but it wasn’t enough as the Blue Devils scored three of the game’s final four goals after Denver got to within 12-11 with 11:09 remaining in regulation.
Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) paced Denver in defeat with a game-high five goals on 10 shots, while also collecting three ground balls. Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) each contributed three scores.
Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist in the loss while junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) came up with a trio of ground balls.
Sophomore Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) led the Pioneers in the faceoff circle, capturing 12-of-27 draws.
Jordan Wolf (3 goals, 2 assists) and Kyle Keenan (4 goals, 1 assist) paced Duke offensively in the win.
Denver jumped on the board first as Berg netted his 44th goal of the season, sneaking a pass around a Duke defender as he lost his footing.
Following back-to-back goals by the Blue Devils, Pace tied the game at 2-2 with his 24th goal of the season, beating his defender top-side.
With 1:11 remaining in the quarter, Duke’s Cohen scored to put the Blue Devils up 3-2 off a pass from Jordan Wolf.
Bobzien tied the score 3-3 29 seconds into the second quarter as he circled the cage, taking his defender one-on-one and slipping it low post past the keeper. Duke answered with a goal less than a minute later to regain the lead.
Berg scored his second of the game, 45th of the season, with 8:15 left in the second quarter, beating the Blue Devils keeper low from 10 yards out. Duke answered with 6:26 left to take the lead for the fourth time in the game.
Duke made it 6-4 with 4:54 left before the halftime as Wolf scooped up the loose ball after a save by LaPlante put the ball back in play. LaPlante had made his fifth save of the day off a shot by Jones. Wolf scored his second of the game with 2:33 and then his third of the game with 7.5 seconds left to put the Blue Devils up by their largest margin of the game, 8-4.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Rolls Into 2014 NCAA Tournament Semifinals With 15-6 Win Over Drexel; Third Career “Sock Trick” For Jr. Erik Adamson


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.

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.

#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).

Denver Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Florida 19-9 In NCAA Tournament Second Round; Pioneers End 2014 Season With Record-Breaking 19 Wins


Despite four points from junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), the Florida Gators were too much to overcome as the Pioneers fell 19-9 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Sunday evening. For the second-consecutive year, Florida (18-2) ended the Pioneers’ (19-2) record breaking season. Denver’s 2014 campaign saw the most wins in school history, as well as a 17-game winning streak. Last year was the previous mark for most wins in a single season at 18, as well as the previous record for the longest winning streak at 15. “I am really proud of how hard the girls played despite the changing weather conditions,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “Florida is a great team, but I don’t think the final score is indicative of the battle we had today. For our four seniors, thank you for a wonderful four years. You all have left an incredible legacy at DU.” With two assists, Remenapp climbed into sole possession of the fifth spot in NCAA career assists, passing Maggie Tamasitis’ mark of 151. Remenapp now has 153 career assists, just 11 shy of Katie Rowan’s mark of 164. Additionally, Remenapp set a new career high with six groundballs against Florida. “It was a huge team effort today,” said Remenapp. “We came out strong through the first part of the game. We showed a lot of grit today against a tough team. Even with the loss, we still accomplished a lot as a team this season.” The matchup originally scheduled for 11 a.m. MT saw multiple rain delays, causing just over six hours of a pause in action. “We had a long trip and a tough game against Jacksonville to start the tournament,” said Kelly. “To sit around and wait for the game to restart was hard for everyone, Florida included. Still, the girls came back with great attitudes and were excited to play.” After falling behind 3-0 in the first four minutes, Denver would come out strong following the first rain delay, bringing the score to 4-3 with 19:51 left in the first half. Both would exchange goals before the Gators went on a 5-0 run after the second rain delay. The Pioneers would put up three-straight goals to end the first half and start the second, cutting the UF lead to 11-7. However, the Gators would continue to challenge Denver and hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game. After securing the ball five times, junior Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) broke the DU record for most career draw controls. Boone entered the day tied with Karen Morton (2006-09) at 162. Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) put up two goals for Denver, moving her into a fifth-place tie with Patience Baldwin for the most career goals in Pioneer history. Etzel and Baldwin (2001-04) both ended their DU career with 148 goals. Senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) paced the Pioneers on the draw, securing the ball five times. Vinyard’s 64 draw controls on the season tied Kate Broderick’s mark set in 2005 for the second most in school history. Florida would outshoot Denver 34-23, despite the Pioneers holding a 15-11 advantage in the second half. Denver held the edge in draw controls, 15-14, while redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 10 stops for DU. “We have an amazing group of girls,” said Kelly. “I think they are a true family and they showed it today with the fight they had. I’m extremely proud of everything they’ve accomplished on and off the field.” Despite a freshmen season that finished 7-11, the senior class composed of Etzel, Vinyard, Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) and Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) ended a four-year career with a 56-19 record, including two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and Denver’s first MPSF Tournament Championship.

Denver Men’s Lacrosse (15-2) Never Trail In 9-5 Win Over North Carolina On May 10; Pioneers Advance To NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals On May 18


Denver Men's Lacrosse vs North Carolina 2014 NCAA

In front of a record-breaking crowd at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, the No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated North Carolina 9-5 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships on Saturday evening. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team’s performance out there tonight,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “From offense to defense our guys left it all out on the field and really played a great game. Credit to UNC for really playing us tough and not letting up throughout the game.” Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) and junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Denver’s offensive effort with a combined five points, each recording two goals, while Miller adding an assist. Denver extended its win streak to 12 games, tying its longest winning streak in Pioneer history. This is the second-straight year that the Pioneers (15-2) have hosted an NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship First Round game and the third in program history. This was the third consecutive season that the Pioneers played North Carolina (10-5) in the NCAA Tournament, coming out on top in all three matches. Sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) led the Pioneers with four points off one goal and an assist, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) both tallied a goal and an assist. Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and freshman Dallas Bridle (Orangeville, Ontario) all added to the Pioneers’ scoring force as they each picked up a goal. Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 7-of-16 face-offs, while grabbing two ground balls. Bobzien tied his career-high of five ground balls, while Noble picked up five as well. Securing the win, junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) improved to 10-0 on the season, making three saves on the day and helped Denver into the locker room with a 5-1 lead at half, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) also had three saves, allowing four on the evening. Tar Heels goalie Kieran Burke made 11 saves on the evening. UNC’s Joey Sankey led the Tar Heels with two goals, while Chad Tutton led the way in points off one goal and two assists. Denver held the advantage in shots (38-28), ground balls (26-19), while the Tar Heels led in saves (11-6) and won 9-of-16 face-offs.