No. 5 Denver Shuts Down Canisius as Bobzien Nets Four

DENVER – Led by a 14-goal performance by the Pioneer offense, the No. 5 Denver lacrosse team won the finale game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic, defeating Canisius 14-3 on Sunday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver now sits at 3-1 on the season after posting a perfect 2-0 mark this weekend.

"I'm so proud of how this team responded to yesterday's game and everything we asked of them," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We our offense played very unselfishly and our defense was communicating and making the right adjustments to put our goalies in very good spots. This was a big team win today."

Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) led the Pioneers with five points off four goals and an assist, while junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished with three goals and an assist for four points. Bobzien finished with his third hat trick of the season, fourth of his career, while Adamson picked up his fourth career hat trick.

Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) continued his scoring ways with a goal, while also dishing out two assists to finish with three points. Junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) finished with two points off a goal and an assists.

Senior Harrison Archer (Washington, D.C.), junior Connor Pagnani (Nashville, Tenn.) and freshmen Max Planning (Alexandria, Va.), Connor Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) and Tyler Pace (Orangeville, Ontario) all finished with a goal each. Seniors Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and Tyler Simmons (Belvedere, Calif.), along with freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) both finished with an assist each.

Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made four saves and secured the win, seeing 30 minutes of action, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made three saves in 22 minutes. Goalies Erik Carter (Tucson, Ariz.), Ryan Purcell (Levittown, N.Y.) and Hunter Krout (Naples, Fla.) all saw action in the closing minutes as Carter made three saves.

Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 6 of 14 face-offs, while sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 2 of 4. Noble led the way with four ground balls and caused one turnover, while junior Carson Cannon (Stillwater, Minn.) posted two caused turnovers.

Tim Edwards, Sam Connors and Jeff Edwards all scored for the Golden Griffins. Goalie Alex Govenettio made 11 saves on the day.

Denver led the way in shots (39-36), both teams were deadlocked at 23 ground balls a piece and Canisius held the advantage in saves (12-10).

Denver scored five straight goals as Pace, Archer, Adamson, Bobzien and Cannizzaro all scored, taking the game to the 11:55 mark of the second quarter. Canisius answered with two goals before Denver rattled off six straight to take an 11-2 advantage with 9:34 left in the third quarter.

The Golden Griffins got their third goal of the game with 9:21 left in the third quarter, before Denver netted its 12th with one second remaining. The Pioneers scored the final two goals of the game in the remaining eight minutes to seal the 14-3 win.

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Canisius suffered its first loss of the 2014 campaign, falling at fifth-ranked Denver on Sunday afternoon, 14-3, in the final game of the Frontier Airlines Face-Off Classic. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-1 on the season, while the nationally-ranked Pioneers improve to 3-1.

“Obviously, Denver is a very good team and we seemed to run out of gas today with our second game in two days,” said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. “We did a good job of managing the faceoff X but couldn't seem to get the advantage anywhere when we had the ball. We made a lot of half plays and a team like Denver makes you pay for that. Overall, it was a great trip and it's nice to come back with one win. We now have 10 days to take what we learned out here and get ready for another battle with Cornell.”

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2014-02-23



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