Carraro Wins 22/23 FOs as No. 10 Denver Runs by Hobart

DENVER – Denver junior midfielder and face-off specialist Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with a 22 of 23 face-off performance to help the 10th-ranked Pioneers to a 15-8 victory over Hobart on Saturday in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,131 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game with Hobart because they have a very unique offense and we saw it in the first half,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “They have a couple of really good players that kind of confused us. We probably over coached them and when we finally settled down on defense we settled down our offense. Us winning 24 of 25 face-offs is unheard of and I'm proud of our face-off group's effort. Overall a good solid win.”

The Pioneers (6-3, 2-1 ECAC) got four goals and an assist from senior attackman Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who posted his 25th career-hat trick. Also contributing for Denver was freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) as he finished with three goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with two goals and an assist.

Also chipping in was freshman attackman Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two goals, while Carraro senior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.), sophomore Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.) and senior Henry Miketa (Fort Collins, Colo.) all added a goal each. Denver remained perfect at home this season, and extended its home winning streak to nine games.

Junior attackman Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) recorded a game-high three assists, while Demopoulos tallied two. Archer also finished the day with one assist.

Denver held a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, and extended the margin to 6-3 after goals by Berg and Matthews at the 14:38 and 13:57 marks, respectively. The Statesmen, who won one face-off the entire game, rallied to score three straight, including Sam Miller's goal with 3:34 left before the half to tie the score at 6-6.

The Pioneers followed that by scoring three straight of their own, with the first coming on an unassisted goal from Noble less than a minute after Hobart's equalizer. After winning 14 of 15 face-offs and outshooting the Statesmen 33-11, Denver took a 9-6 lead into the intermission.

Denver dominated the third quarter, scoring five goals, including one on a man-up opportunity. Despite going nearly eight scoreless minutes, the Pioneers drew first blood in the second half as Law found Adamson for his fourth goal of the season, extending the Pioneers' lead to 10-6 with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Just over a minute later, Law recorded his third and final assist of the day as he found Berg for a man-up goal with 6:59 left. DU went on to score three more goals, including two in the final 2:22 of the third quarter, while allowing Hobart a total of two goals the entire second half.

The Pioneers continue their home stand by welcoming Bellarmine to Peter Barton Stadium on Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. MT.

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DENVER - 10th-ranked Denver dominated three key statistical categories-shots, ground balls and faceoffs-on its way to a 15-8 ECAC Lacrosse League win over Hobart. The Statesmen hung tough in the first half, but the Pioneers eventually wore them down with five unanswered goals in the third quarter.

Denver outshot Hobart 60-20, owned a 42-23 advantage in ground balls and won 24 of 25 faceoffs. Mark Matthews led the Pioneers with five points on four goals and an assist. Jeremy Noble (2-1), Eric Law (0-3) and Alex Demopoulos (1-2) contributed three points apiece. Chase Carraro won 22 of 23 faceoffs, collected 10 ground balls, scored a goal and assisted on another.

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