Davenport Falls to #1 St. Thomas in MCLA D2 Semifinals

DENVER, Colo. A fast start was not enough to hold off the #1 ranked team in the country today as Davenport fell 17-9 to the top-seeded Tommies of St. Thomas. DU was making their second consecutive appearance in the Final Four in only their third season as a program and finishes the 2009-10 campaign at 16-4 overall.

Meeting St. Thomas again for the second time in as many years in the Final Four, Davenport got off to a fantastic start behind the play of Shawn Beer (Aurora, Ontario). The junior scored three goals in the opening quarter and got things started at the 9:18 mark on a pass from Gavin Morris (Rockford, Mich.).

The Tommies then scored the next goal but DU came right back with three straight to end the quarter leading 4-1. Beer scored two of those three with Lyle Parks (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scoring the other. St. Thomas rebounded in the early minutes of the second quarter as they scored back to back goals to trail by only one at 4-3.

Beer then took control and got a great pass from Morris to score his fourth of the game with 9:13 to play in the half. Gavin Morris then picked up his first goal (and fourth point) on a perfect pass from Grant Hamilton (Flint, Mich.) to increase the margin back to two goals.

The final 7:10 of the half was a completely different however as the Tommies flexed their muscle and dominated the Panthers scoring the final four goals to take a 7-6 lead into the break. The go ahead goal came with only 15 seconds on the clock and DU trailed for the first time all day.

St. Thomas kept the scoring at a high pace as the second half opened and scored two quick goals within five minutes to push the lead to three at 9-6. Mother nature then took over as a huge hail and lightning storm rolled through Denver that delayed the game for more than an hour.

Coming out of the break, Davenport had a renewed sense of energy and scored two out of the next three goals (both from Jordy Sayers) as they cut the lead to just two at 10-8. That would unfortunately be the last time the excitement arose on the DU sideline as St. Thomas stormed back with two straight goals in the final 18 seconds to end the quarter leading 12-8.

The fourth quarter was very slow for both teams as the Tommies slowed the game down and took time off of the clock which ultimately spelled doom for the Panthers as they final score of 17-9 looked much worse than the play on the field.

The loss is the second consecutive in the semifinals for Davenport and both have come against St. Thomas. The Tommies advance to the National Championship game on Saturday afternoon where they will look to make it back-to-back titles as they face Utah Valley who defeated Westminster 9-7 in the other semifinals earlier in the day. Davenport ends their season at 16-4 overall and will not graduate anyone from the 2010 roster.


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