Denver vs. Towson
March 1, 2009
The Game Story:
DENVER - The No. 16 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (3-1) defeated the Towson Tigers (1-2) 9-4 in the championships game of the Harrow Face-Off Classic in front of a crowd of 1,098 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improve to 13-3 overall in Face-Off Classic history.



The Pioneers were led by senior Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.), who had two goals on the day, and junior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), who tallied two assists.



“I am so happy with our performance this weekend,” said head coach Jamie Munro. “We played a solid game defensively against a very aggressive team. We had some great looks on goal and we controlled the ball. Our offense played smart and they did what we wanted them to do.”



For the Classic, Dickenson finished with a team-high nine points as he tallied one goal and eight assists during the two days, while freshman Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) tallied five goals and one assist for six points. Junior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) was named the Harrow Face-Off Classic MVP for his efforts on defense as he was responsible for five caused turnovers by both Towson and Sacred Heart.



“We got pushed around hard yesterday and I’m very happy with the way our team bounced back and continued to play mentally and physically tough,” Munro said.



Denver took a 1-0 lead into the break after one period of relatively scoreless play. The Pioneers opened the scoring with 3:57 left in the first period when Murray scored on an unassisted strike, his eighth goal of the year.



Murray scored his second goal of the game with 8:14 remaining in the second period, assisted by freshman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) to put the Pioneers up 2-0. Just minutes later, Denver extended its lead when senior Cliff Smith (Surrey, B.C.) found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.



With just 1:40 remaining before the half, Demopoulos scored his fifth goal of the Face-Off classic of a pass from freshman Alex Gajic (Burnaby, British Columbia). Towson was able to breathe some life into its offense when it scored with just 19 seconds remaining in the second period. Though the Tigers outshot the Pioneers 16-14 in the first half, Denver held a 4-1 lead after two periods of play.



Towson’s Peter Mezzanotte scored his first career goal just 14 seconds into the second half, but sophomore Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) answered right back for the Pioneers with his fourth goal of the season just seconds later. Towson cut the margin to two when senior Bill McCutcheon scored on an unassisted strike with 10:36 remaining in the third period.



Dickenson extended the Pioneers’ lead with an acrobatic unassisted goal, his fifth of the year, with 3:51 remaining to give Denver a 6-3 lead. Just minutes later his brother, junior John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), made it 7-3 when he put a pass from Smith in the back of the net.



Towson’s Will Harrington added the final score for the Tigers when he scored early in the fourth period to cut Denver’s lead to three, but Denver continued the trend of quickly responding to the Tiger’s offensive threat when Gajic put the Pioneers up 8-4.



Freshman Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) made the final mark on the scoreboard for Denver when he scored his first career goal, giving Denver a 9-4 victory to clinch the Harrow Face-Off Championship.



The Pioneers hit the road this week to take on Penn in Philadelphia on Friday Mar. 6.



ATTACK

1. Alex Demopolous, Denver

2. Bill McCutcheon, Towson

3. K.J. Landgraf, Air Force



MIDFIELD

1. Charley Dickenson, Denver

2. Joey Murray, Denver

3. Eric Evans, Air Force



DEFENSE

1. Dillon Roy

2. Joe Wascavage, Towson



3. Brian Gilbreath, Air Force



GOALIE

1. Peter Lowell, Denver



LONG STICK MIDFIELDER

1. Jamie MacDonald, Denver



MVP

1. Dillon Roy, Denver