No. 3 Notre Dame Wins Overtime Thriller Over No. 5 Denver

DENVER Despite a six-point performance from senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.), No. 5 Denver dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 overtime decision to No. 3 Notre Dame in the finale of the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) led the Pioneers with six points off four goals and two assists, while freshman Gordie Koerber (Baltimore, Md.) finished with three goals and an assist. Also scoring for the Pioneers was sophomore Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) with two goals and two assists, and senior Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with one goal, while junior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) finished with three assists.

"I'm obviously disappointed in the outcome, but I'm proud of the way our guys played," said head coach Bill Tierney. "It was a war out there between two teams that might be standing there at the end of the year. Credit to Notre Dame for finding a way to get it done, but I'm proud of our guys' effort. For scoring 12 goals against Notre Dame, you're doing the right things offensively."

Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made four saves in the first half, and junior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) posted six saves in the final 31:09.

In his first game back from injury, senior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) went 8 of 22 from the face-off, while freshman Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) went 3 of 6.

Sean Rogers led the Irish with three goals and an assist, while Conor Doyle finished with two goals and two assists. Jim Marlatt tallied two goals and an assist, while Steve Murphy finished with two goals and an assist. Goalie John Kemp made four saves while allowing 12 goals in 61:09.

Denver opened the scoring just 2:03 into the game as Berg scored his 19th goal of the season during a "timer on" warning, off a pass from Koerber. Notre Dame countered with two straight goals, as Rogers scored a man-up goal with 11:46 left and Murphy scored with 10:23 left.

The Pioneers answered with a goal from Flint, his ninth of the season, as Noble feed him a beautiful pass. After a seven minute scoring draught by both teams, Law scored for the Pioneers with 2:02 left in the first quarter, scoring under a 30-second shot warning. Notre Dame evened the scoring at 3-3, 46 seconds before the end of the quarter as Doyle scored off a pass from Rogers.

Denver opened the second quarter with a goal from Koerber, his 11th of the season. After a Notre Dame goal less than a minute later, Law made it 5-4 off a pass from Berg. Flint scored his second of the game with one seconds remaining before the half off another pass from Berg to give DU a 6-4 advantage heading into the locker room.

Denver opened the second half with a goal by Adamson to take a 7-4 lead. However, Notre Dame scored three straight goals to tie the game with 7:24 left in the third quarter. Both teams exchanged goals over the next three minutes before Koerber netted his third of the game with 16 seconds remaining in the 3rd to put DU up 9-8.

Notre Dame scored two straight to open the fourth quarter. However, Denver answer with two goals from Law and one from Berg to take a 12-10 advantage with 2:25 remaining. The Irish answered with two goals in the final 1:42 to tie the game at 12-12 and force overtime. Notre Dame won the ensuing overtime face-off and then sealed the win with a goal by Marlatt 1:09 into the extra frame.

Up next, the Pioneers host the Air Force Academy Falcons on Sat., March 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

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