Denver vs. Syracuse

Denver vs. Syracuse

Denver vs. Syracuse

Denver vs. Syracuse

PHILADELPHIA – Senior attacker Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) netted his team-leading 13th-career hat trick, but the fourth-seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team fell to top-seeded Syracuse by a count of 9-8 on Saturday evening at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Pioneers ended the season with a 14-5 mark, while Syracuse will take a 16-3 record into Monday’s National Championship game against Duke.

Law’s three goals were complimented on Saturday by two goals from sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and one from seniors Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), Taylor Young (Littleton, Colo.) and Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.). Carraro also won 12-of-21 face-offs in the game. Flint, Young, Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) all finished with one assist.

Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made a season-high 13 saves and allowed just two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game. Junior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made four saves in the second half.

LaPlante was the story of the first half, making 13 saves in the first 30 minutes, snapping his season-high, and was just three saves shy of his career high. Denver raced out to a 3-0 lead on two goals from Adamson and a goal from Carraro. DU’s first three goals were all unassisted. The Orange’s Luke Cometti got his first of two first half goals with 0:53 to play in the opening quarter to cut the Pioneer advantage to 3-1 at the first break.

Law scored the first goal by a Denver attacker a little more than five minutes into the second quarter to get the Pioneer lead back to three. Cometti’s second made it 4-2, but Flint quickly responded with his fifth goal of the NCAA Tournament to get the advantage back to 5-2. Four of Denver’s first five goals, and five of its first six points were scored by midfielders, a corps that was responsible for just 39.6-percent of Denver’s points coming into the Semifinal.

Denver got on the board first in the third quarter as well, as Law scored a little under four minutes into the period on a feed from Noble. JoJo Marasco and Dylan Donahue both got goals to cut the lead to 6-4. Young got his first goal in an NCAA Tournament in his career with 1:25 to play in the third quarter to restore the three-goal lead.

The Orange’s Derek Maltz and Scott Loy netted the first two goals of the fourth quarter, before Law completed his 13th-career hat trick to make it 8-6. Syracuse ended the game on a 3-0 and 5-1 run to win the game 9-8, and earn a spot in the title game against Duke tomorrow.

Marasco had a game-high five points on two goals and three assists.

Denver will graduate 12 seniors, but will return 40 players to next season’s roster.

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