Denver vs. Ohio State
April 22, 2005
The Game Story:
DENVER - In front of a raucous crowd of 1, 755 and sophomore goalie Jeb Hollingsworth's (Darien, Conn.) 11 saves, the No. 19 University of Denver men's lacrosse team cruised to a 13-8 victory over Great Western Lacrosse League foe Ohio State tonight at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. With the win, Denver improves to 7-4, 2-0 and head coach Jamie Munro recorded his 50th career win, while the Buckeyes drop to 4-6, 1-1.

"It was a great win for us," said Munro. "Ohio State is a very athletic team, but we did a lot of great things on offense and Jeb (Hollingsworth) made some big saves for us. I am just ecstatic to get a league win and stay on the right track."

Ohio State's Craig Nolan led all scorers with four goals, while senior Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) and sophomore Ryan Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) both led Denver each tallying a hat trick. Zordani added two assists for a career-high five points. Senior Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.) also tallied a goal and won nine of 14 face-offs tonight, while the Pioneers held a 43-34 groundballs advantage.

Senior Greer Hanlon (Libertyville, Ill.) got Denver on the board first just 25 seconds into the game to set the tone as the Pioneers controlled most of the first period. Denver penetrated on offense and recorded 13 shots, along with two goals from Brown and one from Davidson to end the period leading 4-2.

Ohio State tried to rally in the second period with four goals including three from Nolan and one from Ben Wolff, but Denver maintained the two goal lead (8-6) heading into the locker room at the half with goals from junior Geoff Snider (Calgary, Alberta), and two goals within 21 seconds of each other from sophomore Brandon Barcus (Dublin, Ohio) and Zordani. Zordani added his second goal of the night en route to his hat trick with 3:27 remaining in the half.

The Pioneers continued to dominate and held the Buckeyes scoreless for over 27 minutes in the second half meanwhile Denver tallied five consecutive goals. Zordani clinched his first career hat trick on an unassisted goal with 1:48 remaining in the third period to help the Pioneers extend its to four goals (11-7), and Brown added his fifth hat trick of the season on a man-up goal from fellow senior Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. Freshman Brett Koll sealed the win and scored the last Pioneer goal with 7:29 left in game.

Sasaki-Scanlon ended the evening with a season-high three assists, while Davidson and Brown each grabbed six groundballs. Hollingsworth recorded his first win of the season since taking over netminding responsibilities for an injured Brian Sanders.

Denver returns to action Sunday against Butler at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Game time is set for noon.