Berg Nets Six as No. 6 Denver Runs Past Georgetown

WASHINGTON Georgetown (3-7, 0-3 Big East) held a late first quarter advantage before No. 6 Denver (8-2, 2-0 Big East) went on a six-goal run, putting the Hoyas in a hole too deep to climb from in 17-9 loss at Multi-Sport Field on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) won 20 of 27 face-offs and picked up 14 ground balls, though the Hoyas were unable to capitalize on enough possessions to keep up with the Pioneers offense. Denver had two six-goal runs and did not allow GU to come within three goals after the second quarter.

Senior attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) had three goals, while junior attackmen Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) each had one goal and three assists in the losing effort.

Fountain scored the game's first goal, 41-seconds in, to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead, but Denver answered scoring twice within a span of three minutes. Senior midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) scored on Stafford's assist to tie the score, and Fountain put GU back in front, 3-2, with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter.

The Pioneers rattled off the next six goals - three from Wesley Berg - to take an 8-3 lead midway through the second quarter. O'Connor scored a man-up goal courtesy of the feed from senior attack AD Hoffman (Falls Church, Va./The Potomac School), before assisting Stafford's goal to close within three goals, 8-5, with 4:19 left in the first half. Berg added one more for DU to take a 9-5 lead into halftime.

The Hoyas and Pioneers traded goals through the third quarter, with Fountain and Fisher keeping GU within four goals, as the quarter ended 11-7 in Denver's favor. Jack Bobzien keyed another six-goal Denver run in the fourth quarter with three goals and one assist during that span, putting GU behind by 10, at 17-7.

Freshman midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver) scored the final two goals of the game for GU, both within the final 20 seconds, to close out the 17-9 Georgetown loss.

Notes: Tyler Knarr's 14 ground balls gives him 108 for the season, the second best single-season total in program history, behind his own 112 ground balls in 2013. Andy Corno previously held the single-season mark with 105 in 2004. Knarr trails only Corno in career ground balls with 264. Corno compiled 341 between 2002-05 ... Knarr's 397 face-off wins trail Brian Tabb (403 career FO wins) for second in program history ... Reilly O'Connor's four assists gives him 41 for his career, the 15th best total in program history.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Led by a career-high performance from junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.), the No. 6 University of Denver men's lacrosse team defeated Georgetown 17-9 on the road on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. The win brings the Pioneers to 8-2 on the season, while the Hoyas falls to 3-7. Denver is also 2-0 in Big East play.

"I'm really proud of these guys," said head coach Bill Tierney. "We had a lot going against us this week in traveling to the east coast where the weather was a little ugly, and playing with different offensive personnel than we normally do. Georgetown is a hungry team and really made it difficult for us in the beginning. Credit goes to Wesley Berg for stepping up when we needed him to and for our entire team in filling in where we had some holes."

Berg tied his career-high of nine points off a career-high six goals and a career-high three assists. Berg previously tallied nine points in the Pioneers' NCAA Tournament First Round win over Albany on May 11, 2013. Berg's six goals also gives him his first sock trick of the season, fourth of his career.

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