No. 15 Denver Tops Butler, 11-5, Moves to 4-0 in GWLL

INDIANAPOLIS-The No. 15 Denver Pioneer men's lacrosse team moved to 4-0 in Great Western Lacrosse League action with a 11-5 win over Butler in Indianapolis this afternoon. DU goes to 11-4 (4-0 GWLL), while Butler drops to 4-9 (1-3 GWLL). Ryan Zordani (Littleton, Colo.) and Jon Paulson (Flemington, N.J.) led the way for DU with a hat trick each. Michael Goltra (Washington, N.C.) tallied two assists in the victory while Jeb Hollingsworth (Darien, Conn.) recorded nine saves in 60 minutes of action.

"I'm very proud of the way that our team played this weekend, "head coach Jamie Munro said. "They stepped up to the challenge of playing two important games with a short turnaround and played very well."

The Bulldogs came out of the gate firing, taking an early 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Ben Sultze and Doug Mathias and limited the Pioneers to eight shots in the period. DU wouldn't be scoreless for long as Adam Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio) and Brad Patterson (Allentown, Pa.) both scored unassisted goals to tie the game at 2-2 at the 13:44 mark of the second period. Eric Covey (San Antonio, Texas) connected with Ryan Shaughnessy (Columbus, Ohio) who put a goal past the Butler goalie to give DU its first lead of the game at 3-2. Butler again clawed back scoring two unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead with just under nine minutes left in the half. Goltra connected with Zordani for a man-up goal with 0.30 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 4-4 heading into halftime.

The Pioneers came out ready to play in the second half. Zordani started where he finished at the end of the first half, picking up his second goal of the game after fielding a great pass from teammate Brett Koll (Fort Collins, Colo.), to give DU a 5-4 lead. Butler's Cliff Smith collected his third goal of the game to tie the game at 5-5. Zordani struck again minutes later to give DU a 6-5 lead and the Pioneers never looked back. Paulson rattled off back-to-back man-down goals to push DU's lead to 8-5 at the end of the third period. The fourth period was all DU as the Pioneers recorded three more goals to pick up their 11th win of the season.

DU dominated the statistical categories in the game. The Pioneers picked up 42 groundballs and out shot the Bulldogs 38-23 for the game. Senior Geoff Snider (Calgary, Alberta) continued his dominance from the face-off circle winning 14-of-19 face-offs in the game.

The Pioneers conclude the 2006 regular-season April 29 when they head to Colorado Springs to take on instate rival, Air Force. Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (MT).

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Behind a strong second-half effort, No. 15 Denver was able to pull away from a feisty Butler squad for an 11-5 win at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Cliff Smith led the Butler effort with three goals. The team's eight seniors were recognized in a pre-game ceremony, as the Bulldogs concluded their home schedule Sunday. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 11-4 and stay perfect in Great Western Lacrosse League play at 4-0. Butler falls to 4-9 (1-3).

With Denver leading 6-5 in the closing minutes of the third period, the Pioneers' Billy McKinney was called for an illegal body check, which sent the senior to the penalty area for a minute. With Butler looking to tie things up, Denver's Jon Paulson instead scored back-to-back man-down goals to extend DU's lead to 8-5.

Butler got on the board first with an extra-man score from Ben Sultze at the 7:05 mark of the first period. Senior Doug Mathias beat Denver netminder Jeb Hollingsworth high at the 1:39 mark to give Butler a 2-0 lead. The Pioneers responded with three goals in the first 2:32 of the second period to take their first lead of the game. Smith then countered with his first goal of the game with 10:25 to play in the second period to knot things at three.

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