Denver vs. Loyola
May 19, 2012
The Game Story:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Despite a late rally, the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team fell in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals to the Loyola University Greyhounds 10-9 in front of 13,390 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The loss ends the Pioneers’ season with a 9-7 overall mark, while the win sends the Greyhounds to their first Final Four since 1998 and improves their record to 16-1.

“I'm very grateful that these young men got the opportunity to show the courage and fortitude they displayed today," said head coach Bill Tierney. “Congratulations to Loyola, all the credit in the world should be given to them on a great season thus far. Things were stacked against us from the start and I couldn't be more proud of our seniors, as well as the entire team for a great season.”

Freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) led the Pioneers with four points off two goals and two assists, while senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) finished with three goals.

Also contributing for the Pioneers was junior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) and sophomore Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) with two points each, while Noble also recorded an assist. Seniors Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) and Henry Miketa (Fort Collins, Colo.) completed their final games for the Pioneers with one assist each.

Freshman goalkeeper Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with 14 saves and led the way with six ground balls.

After getting down early, the Pioneers regained the momentum to take a 3-2 lead on a goal from Noble at the 8:46 mark in the second quarter. Following a pair of goals from the Greyhounds, Flint posted an unassisted goal with just 5:05 left before the half to tie the game at 4-4.