Denver vs. Colorado College
April 12, 2002
The Game Story:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Friday, April 12, 2002

Denver No Match For Colorado College, 19-5

Pioneers snap three-game home losing streak, win fourth straight against Tigers

DENVER -- The University of Denver men's lacrosse team celebrated goals by 12 different players in a convincing non-conference victory over in-state rival Colorado College, 19-5 on Friday night (Apr. 12) at Pioneer Field. Denver improves to 5-5 overall on the season and snaps a two-game losing streak with its fourth consecutive win over the visiting Tigers as they fall to 7-4 on the season.

The Pioneers stormed out of the chutes with three quick goals in the opening four minutes of the contest by sophomore Jeff Biggs (St. Louis, Mo.) and freshman Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.), but penalties slowed down the explosive attack and forced Denver to play man down for much of the period. Denver, however, was able to overcome the hindrance and registered three more goals in the frame to take a 6-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers opened the second stanza with a three-minute extra-man opportunity but were unable to convert with the advantage and yielded a man-down goal by sophomore Ryan Marshall (Toronto, Ontario) , Denver's first of the season, which gave the Pioneers a 7-1 lead early in the period. Colorado College regrouped and reeled off two unanswered goals to cut the deficit to 7-3, but the Pioneers ended the Tiger's hopes of a comeback and safely put the game out of reach with a five-goal rally of their own to end the quarter and took a 12-3 lead at halftime.

Denver continued its attack in the third quarter and registered four more goals before CC was able to generate a legitimate scoring chance. Chris Russell was credited with the lone Tiger goal in the quarter but it was insignificant as Denver held a 16-4 lead at the end of three periods.

The Pioneers allowed just one goal to the Tigers in the fourth quarter and then added three more of their own to produce the final score of 19-5. Freshman Ben Dougherty (Glenwood, Md.) tallied his first career hat trick with Denver's final goal of the game and became the seventh Pioneer this season to record the trifecta. Brown extended his remarkable scoring streak to 10 games and recorded a career-high five points in the game, including his eighth hat trick of the season.

For the game Denver out-shot Colorado College 50-29, out-hustled for groundballs 43-31 and dominated the face-off circle 19-9. The Pioneer's special teams unit was brilliant once again with one extra-man goal and one man-down goal while holding the Tigers scoreless on all six of their man-advantage attempts.

The Pioneers will hit the road for the final four games of the 2002 season. Denver will battle two Great Western Lacrosse League opponents next weekend when they take on No. 13 Ohio State on Friday (Apr. 19) and Butler on Sunday (Apr. 21). Face-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.

Goals: DENVER Matt Brown (3), Ben Dougherty (3), Jeff Biggs (2), Chad Wittman (2), Craig Pastor (2), Erik Swanson, Mike Kenlay, Andrew Huelskoetter, Blake Evans, Greer Hanlon, Ryan Marshall, Sean McDonagh; COLORADO COLLEGE Chris Russell, Eliot Weiner, Mike Turner, Brady Iandiorio, Matt Garrow

Assists: DENVER Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (2), Matt Brown (2), Greer Hanlon, Scott Davidson, Chad Wittman; COLORADO COLLEGE Brady Iandiorio