Denver vs. Villanova
March 19, 2005
The Game Story:
DENVER - The University of Denver men's lacrosse team scored four goals in the fourth period to defeat No. 20 Villanova, 9-4 and snap its four game winning streak this afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improve to 3-2, while the Wildcats fall to 4-2.

"I am really proud of the way the guys played today", said head coach Jamie Munro. "It was a hard fought game by both teams and a great defensive effort. Our defense played well, especially our goalie Brian Sanders, and our offense was there when needed them."

Junior Adam Swain (West Simsbury, Conn.) and sophomore Ryan Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) recorded their first two goals of the season today to lead the Pioneers in scoring. Senior netminder made 13 saves, while the Wildcats held a 32-30 shots advantage.

After neither team scored in the first period, Denver got on the board first in the second period with unassisted goals by Zordani and Swain and led 2-0. Villanova's Matt Panneton scored an unassisted goal to put the Wildcats within one (2-1) with 5:50 remaining in the period. However, senior Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.) recorded a goal off a feed from fellow senior Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) to give the two goal advantage back to Denver (3-1) going into the locker room at halftime.

The Wildcats and the Pioneers traded goals the entire third period, but Denver still led, 5-4, heading into the fourth and final period.

Villanova's Garrett Wells was penalized two minutes for slashing giving the Pioneers a man advantage and both junior Geoff Snider (Calgary, Alberta) and Swain capitalized on the advantage tallying man-up goals off feeds from junior Adam Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio) and junior Adam Miller (Columbus, Ohio) to give Denver a three goal lead (7-4).

Senior Erik Swanson (Glenview, Ill.) scored his first goal of the season off a feed from Davidson and Sasaki-Scanlon added another insurance goal from freshman Brett Koll (Fort Collins, Colo.) to seal the win, 9-4.

The Pioneers will hit the road next weekend as they travel to Fairfield, Conn., where they will face-off against Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m