Pioneers thump Marquette in regular season finale

Photo: Courtesy of SB Nation

No. 2 Denver cruised by Marquette University, 16-8, on Saturday afternoon to complete another undefeated BIG EAST regular season.

In rainy conditions, the Pioneers’ (11-2, 5-0) Ethan Walker and Colton Jackson each poured in four goals and Connor Cannizzaro had a hat trick. Walker, DU’s freshman star also added three assists for a game-high seven points.

The Golden Eagles enjoyed a brief advantage when the Golden Eagles John Wagner capitalized on a man-up opportunity early in the first quarter. CBS Sports programming interrupted the early part of the first quarter of lacrosse with an extra inning baseball game between Bucknell and Navy. The Pioneers caught fire after Marquette’s goal, scoring 10 of the next 13 goals in the first half which basically ended the game as Marquette had no answer for Denver’s offensive ball movement. A late second quarter Denver tally gave the Pioneers a 10-4 halftime advantage. All-American faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste went 18-of-26 at the X and goalie Alex Ready stopped 12 shots.

The Pioneers committed 14 turnovers to the Golden Eagles’ 6 but led in every other statistical category. Denver won their 6th straight contest and is rounding into shape for tournament time.

The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles will face top-seed Denver again this Thursday again in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament in Providence.

Weird stat of the Day: On offense, the Pioneers had 16 shots on goal and 16 goals.