Denver vs. Hobart
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
DENVER - University of Denver junior midfielder and face-off specialist Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with a 22-of-23 face-off performance to help the 10th-ranked Pioneers to a 15-8 victory over Hobart College on Saturday in front of a sold out, standing room only crowd of 2,131 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game with Hobart because they have a very unique offense and we saw it in the first half," said head coach Bill Tierney. "They have a couple of really good players that kind of confused us. We probably over coached them and when we finally settled down on defense we settled down our offense. Us winning 24-of-25 face-offs is unheard of and I'm proud of our face-off group's effort. Overall a good solid win."

The Pioneers (6-3, 2-1 ECAC) got four goals and an assist from senior attackman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who posted his 25th career-hat trick. Also contributing for Denver was freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) as he finished with three goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist.

Also chipping in was freshman attackman Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two goals, while Carraro senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.), sophomore Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) and senior Henry Miketa (Fort Collins, Colo.) all added a goal each. Denver remained perfect at home this season, and extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Junior attackman Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) recorded a game-high three assists, while Demopoulos tallied two. Archer also finished the day with one assist.

Denver held a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, and extended the margin to 6-3 after goals by Berg and Matthews at the 14:38 and 13:57 marks, respectively. The Statesmen, who won one face-off the entire game, rallied to score three straight, including Sam Miller's goal with 3:34 left before the half to tie the score at 6-6.