Denver vs. Ohio State
May 5, 2011
The Game Story:
DENVER - University of Denver men's lacrosse sophomore Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) scored twice and was 10-of-16 on face-offs, leading the Pioneers in an 11-4 victory over Ohio State in the Eastern College Athletic Conference semifinal at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The win advanced Denver to the ECAC title game on Saturday.

"A lot of credit goes to Ohio State. They battled hard all night and gave us a great challenge," head coach Bill Tierney said. "We were able to figure things out and play the game that we know best. Fairfield will be a good match-up on Saturday and we are looking forward to it."

Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) had two goals and an assist for Denver (12-2). Freshman Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) had 13 saves in the win, making it his fifth-consecutive double-digit save performance. Sophomore Hayden Schuette (Encinitas, Calif.) added two goals and senior Steve Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio) forced four turnovers for the Pioneers.

After 13 minutes of scoreless play Tyler Frederick gave Ohio State (8-8) a 1-0 lead after the first quarter. The Buckeyes shut-out the Pioneers for just the fifth time in a quarter all season. (84 quarters)

Denver then held Ohio State scoreless in the second quarter while scoring four unanswered goals. Sophomore Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) tied the game 1-1, followed by junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) who gave the Pioneers their first lead of the night. Schuette and senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) followed suit and Denver led 4-1 at intermission.

The Pioneers' momentum carried over into the second half as Carraro scored 12 seconds in, following by sophomore Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), Demopoulos and Schuette. Logan Schuss scored for Ohio State midway through the quarter, ending DU's goal streak at eight. Carraro bookended the third with his second goal of the quarter and the Pioneers led 9-2 after three quarters.

Ohio State scored twice in the final period, while Demopoulos and freshman Paul Danko (Towson, Md.) scored for Denver.

Denver outshot OSU 28-24 and claimed 28 groundballs, compared to the Buckeyes' 31. The Pioneers were 1-for-5 with the man-advantage. Ohio State was 0-for-4.

Frederick had two goals for Ohio State. Matt Kawamoto caused two turnovers and Greg Dutton had four saves in the loss.

Earlier in the day, the No. 3 seed Fairfield Stags upset the No. 2 seed Loyola Greyhounds 10-9 to advance to Saturday's Championship game and face the Pioneers at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Face-off is set for 11 a.m. MT. Fans can follow the action live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Live Stats and the Pioneers inter-active in-game blog through CoverItlive, will also be available through DenverPioneers.com.