Denver vs. Holy Cross
March 4, 2002
The Game Story:
DENVER - The University of Denver men's lacrosse team celebrated goals by nine different players including three hat tricks and cruised to a resounding 19-4 victory over Holy Cross in a non-conference match on Monday night (Mar. 4) at Pioneer Field. With the win Denver earns its third straight home opener at Pioneer Field and improves to 2-1 on the season; Holy Cross falls to 0-2 on the year with consecutive losses to Great Western Lacrosse League opponents.

The Pioneers controlled the contest from the outset with four goals by four different players in the opening five minutes of the first quarter. Junior Mike Kenlay (Wilmette, Ill.) increased the lead with the first of four extra-man goals of the night midway through the frame and was followed by two more markers before the end of the period to give Denver a 7-0 lead at the first recess.

Sophomore Jeff Biggs (St. Louis, Mo.) finished his hat trick with back-to-back goals to open the second stanza. Kenlay chipped in two additional extra-man tallies and freshman Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) added to his scoring statistics with the second of his four goals to give the Pioneers a commanding 13-0 cushion at the half.

Holy Cross maintained poise in the second half scoring three goals in the third quarter, and one more in the fourth but was unable to overcome the deficit. Denver added two goals late in the final period to provide the final score of 19-4.

For the game Denver dominated every statistical category including shots 41-15, groundballs 56-42 and face-offs 21-6. The Pioneers scored four extra-man goals on five tries and killed off both of the Crusaders man-advantage opportunities. Junior netminder Jeff Nunziato (Latham, N.Y.) recorded four saves and two shut out quarters in the first half and freshman keeper Brian Sanders (Columbus, Ohio) registered four saves in the second half.

Denver returns to action this weekend (Mar. 9-10) when they host the second annual Pioneer Face-Off Classic. The Pioneers will face Providence on Saturday and No. 1 Syracuse on Sunday. Face-off for both games is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Air Force will play Syracuse on Saturday and Providence on Sunday. The morning matches will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the Ritchie Center box office.