Flury Shines in Record-Setting Win Over UC Davis

DENVER University of Denver senior Ali Flury (Arnold, Md.) became Denver's all-time leading scorer as she recorded five goals in a 17-7 Pioneer victory over the UC Davis Aggies on Friday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Denver (9-4, 3-0 MPSF) jumped to a 2-0 lead early after goals from Kaiti Delaney (Denver, Colo.) and Tulley Stapp (Denver, Colo.). The Aggies (7-3, 2-1 MPSF) equalized after two quick scores, but the Pioneers rattled off five straight goals to take a 7-2 lead with 6:46 left in the first half, and carried an eventual 9-4 advantage into the break.

Denver never looked back in the second half, netting eight more goals to secure the victory and remain perfect in conference play.

Lexi Sanders (Greenwood Village, Colo.), who entered the game with the NCAA lead in assists, led the Pioneers with four assists and added a pair of goals. Stapp and Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) added three goals apiece.

Denver outshot the Aggies 43-16, led 17-7 in ground balls and held a 17-9 advantage in draw controls.

Molly Peterson had four goals to lead the Aggies.

The Pioneers return to MPSF action when they host No. 11 Stanford at home on Sunday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's contest against Quinnipiac, which begins at 11:00 a.m. MT.

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DENVER, Colo. -- Senior defender Molly Peterson scored a team-high four goals but UC Davis was unable to overcome a 43-16 shooting margin, falling by a 17-7 final to Denver in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse game at Peter Barton Stadium Friday afternoon.

The Aggies fall to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in conference games. The Pioneers improve to 9-4 for the year, with a 3-0 MPSF record. They take sole possession of first place in the league, breaking loose from the three-way tie with UC Davis and Stanford.

Freshman Elizabeth Datino and juniors Christina Corsa and Gina Hoffmire each tallied one goal for the Aggies. Senior Molly Lapolla provided two assists, while Corsa, Anna Geissbuhler and Vannessa Jamison tallied one apiece.

For DU, senior Ali Flury netted five goals, with Tulley Stapp and Kara Secora also performing hat tricks. Lexi Sanders, also a senior midfielder, earned four assists to lead the Pioneers.

Denver took an immediate lead in the game, with Kaiti Delaney scoring a second-chance goal just 1:04 after the initial draw and Tulley Stapp converting an eight-meter shot less than three minutes later. But UC Davis was able to equalize relatively quickly. A Jamison steal in the Pioneers' attacking third led to Hoffmire's lone goal of the game. Then Corsa, who earned the free position and assisted Hoffmire on that score, won the ensuing draw to allow Peterson to tie the game in the eighth minute.

However, Denver scored five unanswered to capture the lead for good. Flury completed her hat trick with 5:07 remaining in the first half, sending the Pioneers to the break with a 9-4 lead. Geissbuhler assisted Peterson on a goal in the 33rd minute the reduce the deficit to four, but Secora promptly countered with a goal to ignite a run of six straight for the Pioneers. Datino broke the Aggie scoreless stretch with a goal at the 14:56 mark, but Melissa Maier hit an eight-meter attempt to restore the DU lead back to 10.

In addition to holding the edge in total shots, the Pioneers outdrew their guest by a 17-7 advantage. UC Davis also struggled to just 1 for 6 from the eight-meter arc.

The Aggies complete their Colorado road trip with a non-conference game at Regis on Saturday. Game time is noon MDT.

2010-04-09



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