Denver vs. Penn State
March 10, 2014
The Game Story:
Paced by a five-point performance from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), the No. 9 University of Denver mens lacrosse team stunned the No. 5 Penn State Nitany Lions 15-11 on Monday night at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in front of 1,816 fans. The win bumps the Pioneers to 5-2 on the season, while Penn State falls to 3-2. I have to give these guys a lot of credit the way they pulled out this win tonight, said head coach Bill Tierney. They pulled out two really tough wins against top-10 teams in just two days. This Penn State team is a really good lacrosse team and Im so proud of our guys with the resolve that they showed. Its not easy to play a weekend like this, especially against two teams of this caliber, so I have to not only thank our players but our entire coaching staff for being able to not only get everyone physically ready, but also mentally prepared. Adamson finished with his third hat trick of the season, sixth of his career, as he netted four goals and tallied one assist for five points. The Big East Offensive Player of the Week followed up his six-goal performance against Notre Dame on Saturday by targeting five-of-his-eight shots on net, while also grabbing one ground ball and causing one turnover. Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) netted his first collegiate hat trick as he placed six-of-his-nine shots on cage. Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) and sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) both finished with three points off two goals and an assist a piece. Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) both finished with two points each of a goal and an assist, while senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Mike Riis (Carlsbad, Calif.) both finished with a goal each. Riis goal was the first of his career and the first by a Pioneer long-pole this season. Noble also finished with a game-high seven ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers. Sophomore Christian Thomas (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) won 7-of-17 face-offs for the Pioneers, while Miller and sophomores Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) and Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) both saw action at the face-off X. Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with three saves, while senior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made five saves and secured the win, allowing on four goals in 30 minutes of action in the second half. Shane Sturgis led the Nitany Lions with six points off three goals and three assists, while Tom LaCrosse finished with three points off two goals and a helper. One of the nations best goalies, Austin Kaut finished with eight saves in 60 minutes of action. Both teams kept the action close throughout first quarter as the Nitany Lions took a 5-3 lead heading into the second quarter. Adamson made it a one-point game with his 14th of the season, first of the game with 11:18 left. Penn State answered with two goals to take a 7-4 lead, before Denver responded with a three-goal barrage in the final 5:22 of the half to tie the game at 7-7. The Pioneers continued their scoring streak with two goals to start the third quarter from Adamson and Bobzien to put DU up 9-7. Denver held the advantage for the remainder of the game, allowing Penn State to only pull within a goal, 12-11, with 8:54 left in the game. Riis answered 13 seconds later to net his first collegiate goal, while Miller scored his 15th of the season 25 seconds later. Berg provided the final goal of the game, securing his 16th of the season with 1:58 left in the game, scoring a 30-second goal to seal the 15-11 win. Denver remains at home, hosting former Eastern College Athletic Conference rival Ohio State to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, March 15. Opening face-off is slated for 1 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on Altitude TV and Pioneer Vision, and live on the air waves at 102.3 ESPN Radio. Live Stats will also be available at DenverPioneers.com