Pioneers Undefeated in MPSF with Win at Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. On a night when she was named a nominee for the Tewaaraton nominee, redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 14 saves to carry the Pioneers to an 11-5 win over Oregon on Friday.

With the win, Denver (16-1, 9-0 MPSF) completes a regular season sweep of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for the second-straight season and the fifth time in eight seasons under head coach Liza Kelly. DU also clinched the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament, which will be held May 1-4 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on the campus of the University of Denver.

"Hannah had a great game along with the entire defense," Kelly said. "Our offense was spread out, and it was a wonderful way to end the regular season."

Sophomore Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario) paced the Pioneers with four goals, and senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) matched McKinnon's four points with two goals and two assists. Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded a goal and two assists, and junior Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills, Co.) scored a pair of goals.

DU jumped to an early lead, as McKinnon had a hat trick in the first 2:47, and senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) gave Denver a 4-0 advantage with 18:13 to play in the first half. Oregon (10-6, 6-2 MPSF) was never closer than three goals the rest of the game.

The Ducks actually out-shot the Pioneers 21-20, but nine of Hook's saves came in the second half to stymie Oregon's offense. DU held a slight 10-8 edge in draw controls, and the teams had nine ground balls each.

The Pioneers host the MPSF Tournament at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on May 1-4. No. 1-seeded Denver and No. 2-seeded Stanford both earn a bye to the semifinals on Friday, May 2. The tournament opens with the quarterfinals on Thursday, May 1. Oregon, USC and Colorado are still battling over the third through fifth seeds, and San Diego State will be the No. 6 seed.


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