Delaware vs. Denver
April 27, 2002
The Game Story:
Denver Falls To Delaware, 9-8 in Overtime

Pioneers drop third overtime contest of the season

April 27, 2002

NEWARK, DE Freshman Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) scored a career-high four goals and junior netminder Jeff Nunziato (Latham, N.Y.) stopped 14 shots but it was not enough as the University of Denver men's lacrosse team fell to Delaware, 9-8 in overtime on Saturday night (Apr. 27) at Rullo Stadium. The loss drops Denver to 6-7 on the season, while the Hens end an eight-game losing skid and improve to 3-9 on the year. The game was the first meeting ever between the two schools in men's lacrosse.

Denver jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes of play and held a 4-2 advantage early in the second quarter before the Hens responded with two goals of their own to tie the score for the first time at 4-4. Both teams traded goals in the final minutes of the half to send the game even at 5-5 heading into intermission.

The Pioneers regained the lead in the third quarter as senior Chad Wittman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sophomore Andrew Huelskoetter (St. Louis, Mo.) scored for a 7-5 lead with 9:06 left. Denver was unable to stave off the Delaware attack as the Hens rallied again in the fourth quarter and tied the score at 7-7 on a goal with 6:01 left in regulation. The Hens took their first lead of the game two minutes later on a goal by Scott Evans with 3:57 remaining, but Denver's Wittman tallied with 2:34 left to send the game into sudden death overtime.

Neither team scored in the extra session until Chris Bickley took a pass behind the net, came around the left side and drilled the game-winner past Nunziato.

The Pioneers got a game-high four goals from Sasaki-Scanlon and three goals from Wittman, while the Pioneers top three scorers, Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.)(31 goals), Jeff Biggs (St. Louis, Mo.) (22), and Erik Swanson (Glenview, Ill.)(13) were held scoreless and each contributed just one assist on the night.

The Pioneer will close out the season next weekend when they travel down I-25 to face Air Force in a Great Western Lacrosse League game on Saturday (May 4) at 1 p.m. mountain time.