Denver vs. Stony Brook
March 10, 2007
The Game Story:
DENVER - The No. 18 University of Denver men's lacrosse team mounted a four-goal rally but came up short, falling to unranked Stony Brook, 11-8, Saturday afternoon at Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Trailing 9-5 to start the fourth quarter, SBU's Tom Compitello was hit with a three-minute illegal equipment penalty. The Pioneers took advantage of the man-up situation, scoring three times over the course of the man-up situation to get within one goal of the Seawolves. Freshman Ilija Gajic (Burnaby, B.C.) led the surge, tallying a goal on an assist from senior Brandon Barcus (Dublin, Ohio). Twins John and Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) teamed up for the first time this season as John fed Charley from behind the net, cutting SBU's lead to two. Gajic sliced the lead to one on a goal from sophomore Joey Murray (Denver).

Back at even strength, SBU scored to go up two goals on DU and never looked back, registering its 11th goal of the game midway through the final quarter. Denver turned the ball over four times in the final seven minutes and had three shots on goal but could not capitalize on the opportunities.

"I'd hope to see two great teams out there today and unfortunately I only saw one," head coach Jamie Munro said.

To start the game, Denver scored first on an unassisted goal by senior Brad Patterson (Allentown, Pa.), but the Pioneers gave up five consecutive extra-man goals to the Seawolves, and found themselves trailing 5-1 in the second quarter. Junior Jon Paulson (Flemington, N.J.) tallied back-to-back goals for DU to close within two before Stony Brook closed out the first half with an even-strength goal to lead 6-3 at half.

Stony Brook outscored Denver 3-2 in the third quarter with DU receiving goals from senior Ryan Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) and Charley Dickenson, as DU trailed 9-5 after three.

Barcus led DU with two assists on the day. Bo Tripodi led SBU with four goals in the game. Denver held the advantage in shots, 36-30, ground balls, 20-19, and turnovers, 23-31, but Stony Brook capitalized on 5-of-6 extra-man opportunities, compared to DU's 3-of-5.

The Pioneers' homestand continues Tuesday, March 13 against Hartford at 7:30 p.m.