Streaky Denver Downs #4 Georgetown, 13-7

[#10] Denver used a seven-goal barrage and a three-goal run to down [#4] Georgetown at Peter Barton Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

The showdown between Big EAST foes was a good test for two reasons. First, could #10 Denver lacrosse (6-2, 4-0) defeat a top-five team to regain the Pioneers’ elite status since dropping early-season games to  #2 Duke and #1 North Carolina, Second, was Denver ready to defeat the #4 ranked, undefeated Hoyas (4-1, 3-1) in Denver, showing the lacrosse world that the Pioneers are the early frontrunner for the Big EAST crown.

Denver fell behind early 2-0 to Georgetown but a trio of goals by Denver gave DU a 3-2 lead in the first period. Sam Dwinell got DU on the board at 9:38 and Jack Hannah netted two goals in the Pioneer run. Denver used a 10-man ride during the period to throw the Hoyas off their rhythm.

Denver continued the scoring run in the second quarter when Jack Hanna, Lucas Cotler, Danny Logan and a spinning goal by Teddy Sullivan found net for a 7-2 lead. Jake Carraway and Graham Bundy stopped the 7-0 Denver run for Georgetown with two quick tallies to make the score 7-4. With only 14 seconds remaining in the first half, a falling back-foot pass from Ethan Walker to a charging Alex Simmons was deposited in goal for Denver lead, 8-4,  at the break.

During the third quarter, the teams traded goals and Jack Hannah found the back of the net yet again at 10:00 to match Georgetown’s goal. Alex Simmons doubled up the Hoyas on a sweet feed from Jackson Morrill, 10-5. Morrill doled out another assist to a charging Ethan Walker to make the score 11-5. The Pioneers’ 10-man ride continued to disrupt the Georgetown transition game along with tight man-to-man cover which limited the visitor’s looks.

In the final quarter, Georgetown made an early push with goals by Peter Thompson and Graham Bundy, carving Denver’s lead to 4 goals. A pair of Ethan Walker shots delivered the knock-out punch in the waning minutes of the game, a 13-7 final.

Sophomore Jack Thompson was stout in goal, going 12 saves on 19 shots-on-goal – holding Georgetown to their season-low in scoring. The win was even more impressive for Denver with several starters out with injuries to include: JJ Sillstrop (attack), Riley Curtis (Midfield),  Malik Sparrow (LSM).

Up next for Denver will be Villanova on the road Sunday for the red hot Pioneers, winners of four in a row.

Bill Tierney Postgame

One thought on “Streaky Denver Downs #4 Georgetown, 13-7”

  1. Kudos to the Pios. That was the most complete Denver win I have seen against a ranked opponent in a long time. The team is really starting to jell, and the offensive passing chemistry between Morrill, Hannah, Walker and Simmons is happening before our eyes – almost reminded me of the Cannizzaro-Berg-Miller-Pace years.

    The Pios offense was creative and shot amazingly well, the defense frustrated the Hoyas with an unexpected 10-man ride, the shortsticks made great defensive plays, the DU goaltending was superb, too. Most of all, DU was able to buckle down and hold leads, never let the Hoyas go on a run of more than two goals. That skill will be vital in the coming stretch run.

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