Denver extends Big East winning streak, tops St John’s 18-12

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DU men’s lacrosse (9-2, 3-0 Big East) traveled to Queens, NY to play the St Johns Red Storm (1-11, 0-3) in an afternoon lacrosse game at DaSilva Memorial Field. The Pioneers used their typical formula to win the contest to win 18-12 with the trio of Trevor Baptiste, Conner Cannizzaro, and Ethan Walker leading the way for the Pioneers. 

As usual, Trevor Baptiste was dominant at the X with 22-29 faceoffs (75.8%) and added 13 groundballs. Senior attackman Conner Cannizzaro had 5 goals and 1 assist to lead the Pioneers. Freshman Ethan Walker chipped in with 5 points, and Austin French had 2 goals and 2 assists as the Pioneers cruised to the win on a blustery afternoon.

The game featured several pioneer streaks. The Pioneers have never been beaten in regular season play since becoming a member of the Big East (19 in a row). Legendary head coach Bill Tierney completed his 500th career game at the helm with 377 wins, trailing only Duke’s John Danowski. Finally, Conner Cannizzaro extended his scoring streak to an incredible 51 games.

Denver Jumped out to a 5-2 lead the first quarter and the teams matched points in the second quarter – 4 apiece. Denver put the game out of reach in the 3rd quarter with a 5-2 run and the teams matched goals in the final quarter, final 18-12.

Just like last week’s contest against Villanova, turnovers continue to be a concern for Denver with 10 by the Pioneers for the game. Alex Ready gave up 9 goals against seven saves. In the final 5 minutes, Josh Matte played in-goal and saved 3 attempts while allowing 3 goals.

St Johns Freshman Joe Madsen scored 5 points for the Johnnies and senior Nick Heller on collected 4 points on the Johnnies Senior Day.

Road wins are always big and Pioneers seems to be creating more quality offensive opportunities as the season advances. However, Denver needs to keep an eye on turnovers and goalkeeping efficiency as they head down the stretch – especially when holding such an overwhelming advantage at the X.

The Pioneers have only two regular season games remaining against Providence and Marquette over the next two weeks. Then, Denver will go to the 2017 Big East Men’s Lacrosse Championships in Providence.