No. 3 Denver Downs Marquette, Gains Big East No. 1 Seed

DENVER Led by a five-point performance from sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.), No. 3 Denver topped Marquette 17-9 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,544 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

The win clinches the Big East regular season title for the Pioneers as well as the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament that is set to begin on Thursday. Denver will face Rutgers in the first game of the day at 2:30 p.m. MT from Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa.

The Pioneers (12-2, 6-0 Big East) improve their winning streak to nine games. The win-streak is the Pioneers' longest since the 2011 season in which Denver won 12 straight games before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals (05/28/11).

"You can't write a better script to cap of a great game than what happened out there today," said head coach Bill Tierney. "For these seniors to lead us today is a great testament to the type of team we have. I am so proud of the team's performance today. What a way to close out our regular season. Now we need to take care of business in the Big East Tournament."

Bobzien led the Pioneers with four goals, tallying his eighth goal of the season, ninth of his career. Also finishing with hat tricks were junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and freshman Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) as Adamson tallied his seventh of the season and Miller his sixth. Adamson also finished with an assist for four points. Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) dished out three assists, bringing his career total to 71, moving in a tie for third all-time in the Pioneer Record Books for career assists.

Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored two goals, bringing his career total to 147. Freshman Tyler Pace (Mission, B.C.) and senior Cole Nordstrom (Bellevue, Wash.) both finished with a goal and an assist each for two points. Nordstrom's goal was the first of his career.

Five other Pioneers finished with one point each to help the Pioneers seal a 17-9 win.

Sophomore face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) won 12 of 18 face-offs, while sophomore Joe Bano (Dublin, Ohio) won 5 of 8. Junior Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) made three saves while allowing four goals, while senior Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made five saves and allowed five goals.

Denver held the advantage in shots (38-30), ground balls (32-19) and face-offs (17 of 28 to 11 of 28).

The Pioneers began the contest with a goal from Pace, who netted his 20th goal on the season just 53 seconds into the game. Denver's lead did not last long as Marquette quickly responded within four minutes to record two goals to take a 2-1. Denver, with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter, got a game-tying goal from Berg, his 32nd goal on the season receiving the assist from Noble.

Denver would not trail the rest of the game after Miller scored his 26th on the season to advance the Pioneers lead to 4-2. Marquette would score with seconds left in the quarter, but still trailed DU 4-3.

Denver came out in the second quarter playing strong defensively, leading to Adamson's 31st goal on the year. Noble earned his second assist on the day and 26th on the season on Adamson's goal. Marquette's Andy Demichiei scored the Golden Eagles' only goal in the second quarter to push the score to 5-4. The Pioneers followed up with five scores of their own before half to advance the lead to 10-4 at halftime.

Archer tallied his fifth goal on the year from a pass behind the net from Bobzien, who recorded his 17th assist on the season. Miller followed that up with a man-up goal, netting his 27th on the season. Noble, assisting Miller on the give-and-go, registered his third assist on the day. Adamson, Bobzien and Miller provided the next three goals for the Pioneers, giving Denver a 10-4 cushion at the break.

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