Denver vs. Air Force
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
DENVER - The Pioneers are champions again! Freshman Brett Koll (Fort
Collins, Colo.) scored the game-winning overtime goal to give the No.
15 University of Denver men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 Great Western
Lacrosse League victory over Air Force on Saturday, April 30 in front
of 1,210 fans in a driving spring snow storm at Peter Barton Lacrosse
Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 9-4 overall and a perfect 4-0 in
GWLL play. The win ensures Denver a share of the GWLL regular-season
title.



"What a thrilling way to end our home schedule," said head coach
Jamie Munro. "The day began with dedicating the stadium and ended
with us ensuring a piece of the regular-season championship. I hope
the momentum we have created by winning three consecutive games will
carryover to next week at Fairfield."



Koll scored his first of two goals at the 12:21 mark of the first
quarter to give the Pioneers an early 1-0 lead. Denver was up 3-1
after goals from seniors Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.) and Matt
Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) before Air Force ran off four unanswered goals
to take a 5-3 lead at the 11:51 mark of the second quarter. Freshman
Michael Goltra (Washington, N.C.) tallied a man-up goal to close the
margin to one (5-4) at halftime.



The two squads went back-and-fourth in the second half with Brown's
goal just 44 seconds into the third quarter tying the score at
5-5.The Falcons would regain the lead just two minutes later when
Conrad Lochocki beat Pioneer goalie Jeb Hollingsworth (Darien,
Conn.). It would be Air Force's final lead.



Brown's third and Adam Swain's (West Simsbury, Conn.) first goal gave
Denver a 7-6 lead at the 6:27 mark of the third quarter. The Falcons'
Justin Kuchta tied the scored, but senior Scott Davidson (Guilford,
Conn.) scored his second goal of the day put the Pioneers up, 8-7
going into the fourth quarter.



The fourth frame was a stalemate until sophomore Ryan Zordani
(Littleton, Colo.) scored at the 3:24 mark. Air Force rallied to
score two late goals, the last coming with six seconds showing on the
clock, to send the game into overtime deadlocked at 9-9.



A costly Falcon penalty early into overtime was all the opportunity
Denver needed. Koll's second goal of the afternoon just 36 seconds
into extra time sent the Pioneers' faithful home happy.



Brown led all Denver scorers with three goals, while Davidson and
Koll each scored two goals to lead Denver. Hollingsworth made seven
saves while improving to 3-1 on the year. The Pioneers outshot Air
Force, 36-25 and finished the game with a 50-31 groundballs
advantage. Denver was 2-of-3 on extra-man opportunities. The Falcons
were 0-of-5.