Denver Upsets Loyola 12-4, Takes ECAC Title

Denver Upsets Loyola 12-4, Takes ECAC Title

Denver Upsets Loyola 12-4, Takes ECAC Title

Denver Upsets Loyola 12-4, Takes ECAC Title


No. 16 DU Captures ECAC Championship with 12-4 Win Over No. 6 Loyola

DENVER - The No. 16 University of Denver men's lacrosse team (11-4, 6-0 ECAC) defeated No. 6 Loyola (9-3, 6-1 ECAC) 12-4 in front of 2,762 fans at Invesco Field at Mile High to capture the ECAC Championship. The Pioneers became the second team to win the championship in their first season. (Georgetown 2001)

The win gives the Pioneers the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will begin on Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th with the first round. The NCAA Division I Selection Show will air live on ESPNU on Sunday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. MT.

Sophomores Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) and Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) led the Pioneers to their eighth straight victory, each recording hat tricks. Rogers added two assists for a game-high five points, while sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) added four points on two goals and two assists.

"All the credit for this win needs to go to our players on to my coaching staff," said head coach Bill Tierney. "My assistants [Trevor Tierney, Matt Brown and Kevin Unterstein] did an outstanding job of scouting Loyola and prepare our guys, and I couldn't be more proud of the performance that they left out on the field today. Since the beginning of the season we've been asking this team to trust in us and each other and what that crowd saw out there today was a testament to the hard work that they've put in."

Denver was able to limit the Greyhounds to just four scores behind the goaltending of senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine), who made 15 saves on the afternoon, tying a career high that he set last season against Air Force (04/25/09). Senior goalie Peyton Tyrie (Greenwood Village, Colo.) relieved Lowell with 1:47 remaining in the game, making one save and not allowing a goal.

Senior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) scooped up seven ground balls for the Pioneers while winning 9-of-15 face-offs. The defenseman also scored the Pioneers' final goal of the game, the 10th of his career, third of the season.

Denver held the advantage in shots (37-32), ground balls (27-26), man-up goals (2-of-2 to 0-of-1), saves (16-5) and was also a perfect 16-of-16 on clears.

John Schiavone won 8-of-16 face-offs and collected seven ground balls to lead Loyola, while scoring was split between four Greyhounds (Cooper MacDonnell, Taylor Ebsary, Matt Langan and Stephen Murray).

Next, the Pioneers close out the regular season when they travel to face in-state rival Air Force on Saturday, May 8 at 1 p.m. MT.

Pioneer Notes

• With the victory, Denver clinches its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008 and its first under the leadership of head coach Bill Tierney.
• The win stretches the Pioneers' winning streak to eight games and improves their conference mark to 6-0. The streak began on March 20 with a 13-12 win over Stony Brook and has included wins over Air Force (9-6), Hobart (17-13), Bellarmine (12-8), Quinnipiac (14-10), Ohio State (10-9), Fairfield (9-8) and Loyola (12-4).
• The Pioneers are 7-0 when allowing fewer than 10 goals.
• Finishing with three points, Demopoulos extended his consecutive games with one or more points to 15 games.

Photography by Zach Babo.

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    by (#139861) on 5/02/10 @8:39PM
Was not expecting this at all. Not good news for teams looking for an at-large.
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    by (#234733) on 5/02/10 @11:36PM
is that automatic bid to the tournament for Denver?
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    by (#142666) on 5/03/10 @3:32PM
"The win gives the Pioneers the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament..."
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    by (#199913) on 5/03/10 @2:20AM
it looks like there is no longer going to be a strong case for JHU for an at-large even if they beat Loyola. Towson lost and now Loyola gets blown out by Denver.
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