No. 12 Denver Tops No. 8 Notre Dame in Pacific Coast Shootout

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Led by a career-high six goals from junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), No. 12 Denver defeated No. 8 Notre Dame 10-7 on Saturday afternoon in front of 5,870 fans at LeBard Stadium at Orange Coast College in the Pacific Coast Shootout.

“I'm really proud of all of our young men,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “Beating a team like Notre Dame is a phenomenal achievement in-and of itself. Coming off the loss last weekend to Penn and a rough week of practice, I'm proud of how this team pulled together to gut out a win. I can't say enough about Ryan and Jamie, and how they kind of kept us in the game, especially when Notre Dame had those runs in the second quarter. Erik had a great game in front of his home crowd to lead us with six goals.”

Adamson took eight shots on goal, scoring six goals, while also grabbing one ground ball. Freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points, while junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored one goal and finished with two assists for three points. Berg also tallied a game-high three ground balls.

Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) finished with one goal and one assist for two points, junior Sean Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) finished with two assists and senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) tallied one assist and a caused turnover.

Junior goalie Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made 10 saves and allowed four goals, while senior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made seven saves and allowed only three goals.

John Scioscia scored three goals for the Fighting Irish, while four others added goals each. Goalie Shane Doss made eight saves on the day.

Notre Dame held the advantage in shots (46-29), ground balls (36-20) and face-off wins (15 of 21 to 6 of 21). Denver capitalized on its lone man-up opportunity, while the Fighting Irish scored on three of its five chances. Denver also held the advantage in saves, 17-to-8.

Denver jumped out to a 2-0 lead off goals by Adamson and Bobzien before Notre Dame's Westy Hopkins scored with 5:21 left in the first. The Pioneers added another with eight seconds left in the quarter as Adamson scored his season of the game, 10th of the season to put DU up 3-1.

The Pioneers scored two more to start the second quarter off goals from Adamson and Miller before Notre Dame answered with three straight to pull to within one, 5-4 of the Pioneers. Adamson netted his fourth of the game with 1:30 left before the half off a pass from Noble to make it 6-4.

Notre Dame scored the lone goal in the third quarter with 16 seconds left to play as Conor Doyle found the back of the net.

Miller opened the fourth quarter with a goal just 54 seconds in to put Denver up 7-5, and Adamson scored his fifth of the game with 11:27 left to play to make it 8-5. Following a goal by the Irish with 10:30 remaining, Berg made it 9-6 off a pass from Miller.

With 5:37 remaining, the Irish got a goal from Scioscia to make it 9-7 Denver, but Adamson netted his first career sock trick with a goal in the final 2:14 of play.

Denver returns home to host Penn State on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The game will air live on Altitude TV and Pioneer Vision, while Live Stats will be available at DenverPioneers.com.

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COSTA MESA, Calif. – On a perfect California day, it was an imperfect result for Notre Dame, as the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish fell to No. 12 Denver, 10-7, in the inaugural Pacific Coast Shootout at LeBard Stadium on the campus of Orange Coast College.

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