No. 4 Denver Wins 15 of 21 Face-offs, Sails Past Hobart

GENEVA, N.Y.-Fourth-ranked Denver controlled the faceoff X and made the most of its possessions, earning a 14-5 victory over Hobart at Boswell Field this afternoon. The Pioneers improved to 7-2 overall, 3-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League while the Statesmen slip to 4-5, 1-2.

Denver senior midfielder Chase Carraro won 15 of the 21 faceoffs he took, collecting a game-high eight ground balls and adding a goal. Sophomore attackman Wesley Berg produced a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Eric Adamson added three goals and an assist and senior midfielder Cameron Flint chipped in a hat trick. Sophomore Ryan LaPlante and junior Jamie Faus split time in goal combining for 12 saves.

Hobart got a pair of goals from junior attackman Alex Love. Sophomore midfielder Gryphin Kelly won five of the final eight faceoffs of the game. Senior defenseman Reid Rosello grabbed a team-high six ground balls and senior defenseman Sean Regan caused a game-high four turnovers. Junior Peter Zonino played well, making 13 saves.

Two of the top three offenses in the ECAC, the game got off to a fast start. Flint gave DU the early lead, but Hobart equalized at 9:45 on Love's first goal of the day. Carraro won the ensuing faceoff and went straight to the goal for a 2-1 Denver lead. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek knotted the game at 2-all at the 6:59 mark, but Flint and first-year attackman Gordie Koerber scored seven seconds apart to send the Pioneers into the second quarter with a 4-2 lead.

Koerber opened the second quarter scoring as well to put the visitors up three. Senior midfielder Jake Silberlicht and junior attackman Jake McHenry struck in succession, the latter set up by junior attackman Cam Stone, to make it a 5-4 game. Denver scored another quick goal off a Carraro win at the X when Berg fired home an unassisted goal to make it 6-4.

Hobart had chances to narrow the gap, but caught a pair of unlucky breaks. Stone made an amazing pass to McHenry, who was unguarded on the doorstep. His goal was waved off on a crease violation.

The Pioneers also made their own luck. McHenry had another prime opportunity to score with about two minutes remaining in the half. A loose ball scramble just behind the cage, drew starting DU goalie, LaPlante, away from the front of the cage. The ball found its way to McHenry, who fired a low shot at a wide open cage, but LaPlante came diving in and stopped the shot with his calf.

DU scored twice in the final 61 seconds of the half to carry an 8-4 lead into halftime.

Adamson scored to open the third quarter, but Love countered at the 11:55 mark to make it a 9-5 game. It was his league-leading 32nd goal of the season.

Adamson set up Berg at 9:02 and Adamson scored an unassisted, extra-man goal at 5:16, giving Denver an 11-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers added three goals in the final 3:03 of the game to complete the scoring.

Denver outshot Hobart 45-32 and owned a 28-22 edge in ground balls. The Statesmen committed eight fewer turnovers than the Pioneers (17-9).

Hobart begins a three-game road trip on Saturday, April 6, at Ohio State. The contest will be televised by the Big Ten Network and is scheduled to begin at noon. Denver returns home to host Marquette on Friday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m.

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GENEVA, N.Y. No. 4 Denver had three hat tricks to help the Pioneers to a 14-5 win over Hobart on the road at Boswell Field on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Pioneers to 7-2 on the season, 3-0 in Eastern College Athletics Conference play, while Hobart falls to 4-5 on the season, 1-2 in league play.

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