For the second straight week, sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) used a late fourth-quarter goal to seal the win as the No. 18/20 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (10-4, 5-0 ECAC) defeated No. 17/18 Fairfield University (8-4, 4-2 ECAC) 9-8 in the first game of the Inaugural ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Denver has now won seven straight games.
Also scoring for the Pioneers was senior John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), juniors Andrew Lay (Denver, Colo.) and Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.), sophomores Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) and Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.).
“I thought we played a much better game after the first quarter,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Fairfield really made it difficult for us and took advantage of a lot of our mistakes in the first half, but in the style that we have played in all season long, we found a way to win down the stretch when it counted. A lot of credit for this win needs to go to Chase Carraro, who did an excellent job winning the ball for us on face-offs and getting our offense some really good looks.”
A freshman from Louisville, Ky., Carraro finished the game winning 12-of-19 face-offs and scooping up four ground balls.
Posting his sixth complete game of the season, senior goalie Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) made nine saves for Denver between the Pipes, including four in the second quarter.
Denver held the advantage in face-offs, winning 13-of-21, while Fairfield held the advantage in shots (29-23) and ground balls (24-16). Fairfield’s Sam Snow led the scoring efforts for the Stags, scoring three goals and tallying one assist for four points, while Brent Adams added two goals.
Up next, Denver will host No. 7 Loyola University at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 1 p.m. MT. The game will be held after Denver Outlaws training camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
This is the second consecutive year in that the Pioneers will host a game at INVESCO Field. Last season, Denver took part in the Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown, hosting Notre Dame. Since turning Division I in the 1999 season, the Pioneers have not faced the Greyhounds.