Denver vs. Lafayette
March 5, 2005
The Game Story:
DENVER - The University of Denver opened the home season in the new Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium with a 20-3 win over Lafayette in the second game of the fifth-annual Pioneer Face-off Classic this afternoon.

"It's great to get our first win of the season here at home in the new stadium," said head coach Jamie Munro. "I thought we played well and we will be ready for tomorrow for our game against a very talented Towson team."

The Pioneers got off to a quick start with back-to-back goals from senior Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) and ended the first period ahead, 7-2. Greg Weigel (Port Republic, Md.) and Brown each added two goals and Darren Saski-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) recorded his first goal of the season before the end of the period.

Andrew Horton tallied a goal and Mike Scolaro scored a man-up goal to put the Leopards on the board with points in the first. Lafayette's Sean Burek scored the final goal of the goal of the game for the Leopards early in the second period.

Denver added three goals and the second period from Geoff Snider (Calgary, Alberta), Greer Hanlon (Libertyville, Ill.) and Brandon Barcus (Dublin, Ohio), leaving the Leopards down by seven points (10-3). The Pioneers' relentless offense never let up and added five goals in the third period with two goals from Adam Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio), and a goal each from Brett Koll (Fort Collins, Colo.), Brown, and Saski-Scanlon. The Pioneer defense also had a stellar performance holding Lafayette scoreless for the last two periods.

The Pioneers tallied five goals in the fourth period from Adam Miller (Columbus, Ohio), Michael Goltra (Washington, N.C.), Taylor Morasutti (Cheshire, Conn.) and two more goals from Koll to give him his first career hat trick and close out the 20-3 victory.

The Pioneers held a 47-15 shots advantage and a 42-17 groundballs differential.

In the early game today, Towson downed Air Force 15-6. Jonathan Engelke led the Tigers with five goals and one assist. After a scoreless first period, Towson netted five goals in the second period and seven goals in the third to seal the win. Towson will play the Pioneers at 1:30 p.m., while Air Force will square-off against Lafayette at 11 a.m. tomorrow.