Denver Tops Quinnipiac To Start Season

Denver Tops Quinnipiac To Start Season

Denver Tops Quinnipiac To Start Season

Denver Tops Quinnipiac To Start Season

DENVER - The University of Denver men's lacrosse team opened up the season with a decisive 11-6 victory over Quinnipiac in Friday afternoon's game at Pioneer Field. Nine players recorded at least a point in the team effort, which gives the Pioneers a 1-0 record. Quinnipiac now falls to 0-1.

Quinnipiac controlled the tempo in the first half of the initial quarter and scored the first goal two minutes into the stanza. The Pioneers responded though, and scored three goals in 12 seconds, which gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Sophomore Darren Sasaki-Scanlon (Norwalk, Conn.) started the blitz with a goal from second-year player Greer Hanlon (Libertyville, Ill.) just before the seven-minute mark. Five seconds later sophomore Scott Davidson (Guilford, Conn.) won the face-off and took the ball in himself to put Denver up 2-1. The pace was kept by sophomore Matt Brown (Burnaby, B.C.) when he scored seven seconds later as senior Mike Kenlay (Wilmette, Ill.) emerged from the face-off battle with possession of the ball and found him streaking towards the net. With 3:59 on the clock the Pioneers tallied their final goal of the quarter when Kenlay fed a pass across the net to waiting sophomore Erik Swanson (Glenview, Ill.), who found net with a deceptively soft low shot. After the Braves added a second goal at the 3:10 mark the quarter ended with a score of 4-2.

Denver padded their stats in the next quarter with Brown scoring off his own rebound at 13:19 and Sasaki-Scanlon driving home a power-play goal off Brown's feed with 2:52 on the clock. The squad out shot Quinnipiac 11-3 in the quarter and 18-12 in the half.

In the third quarter the Braves looked to get back into the game and opened up play with the goals at the 11:49 and 7:58 mark to close within two goals. Kenlay answered for the Pioneers and recorded his third goal of the night after scooping up the ball at midfield and penetrated the defense. Swanson put the squad up by four again when he scored his second goal of the day with 57 seconds in the quarter.

Denver put the Braves away in the fourth with freshman Adam Miller (Columbus, Ohio), senior John Sanders (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Andrew Huelskoetter (St. Louis, Mo.) adding goals to put the team up 11-4. Quinnipiac added two goals in the final minute but the effort game too late in the contest. Overall, the Pioneers out-shot the Braves 39-29.

Denver will take the field again when they host Manhattan on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 1:30 p.m. in the third-annual Pioneer Face-Off Classic.

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Teams looking rusty...
    by (#21469) on 2/15/03 @2:03PM

First game of the year - I wuz there. Woot!
Next weekend is the quadruple-header w/ Duke, Manhattan & Air Force. Weather forecast is variable so far. (fingers crossed)

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    by (#38191) on 2/16/03 @5:49PM
I heard that the game wasn't nearly as close as the score. My sources say that DU was sharp with few miscues and they moved and carried the ball well. Next weekend is a BIG lax weekend for everyone out Rocky Mountain way. Having a hot NLL team in the vicinity can't hurt the college programs out there. Let's see what kind of crowds come out for the Classic this year. I'll be there will YOU?
 
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    by (#21469) on 2/17/03 @1:57AM

I mostly missed both of Air Force's FOC games last year. Hopefully I can be a little more prompt this time around. Weather forecast is optimistic but variable so far. Dook is a team that can be upset. I wonder if their fans will travel - they got a host of fans up to West Point last time I saw them play in the NCAA's.

BTW, I'm wondering what the 3/22 "TBA (exhibition)" game on DU's schedule is all about.

bkr
 
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missing persons
    by (#43927) on 2/18/03 @10:02PM
I saw the game and the pioneers did look sharp. Also they are missing some key players do to injury. The article fails to mention the fact that the Pioneers had several freshman who all played signifacant minutes, including two who scored. With the return of injured players and the continued develpment of an all ready very talented frshmen class Denver looks to be a real threat.
 
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Grumble..
    by (#21469) on 2/20/03 @2:01PM

Forecast is becoming more snowy. :P

bkr
 
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