It was Senior Day at Peter Barton Stadium Saturday. Denver (10-3, 8-1) faced the St. John’s (1-9, 0-9) Red Storm in a BIG EAST match-up. Denver scored at a goal-a-minute pace the first 8 minutes, allowing no goals en route to a 15-0 lead, and then coasting to the 19-11 win behind reserve players. The Pioneers needed the win to keep pace with Georgetown (10-1, 9-1), whose league season is now complete.
Denver started at a frantic pace on offense, scoring at will as the Pioneers raced out to a 15-0 lead. The out-manned Red Storm finally found pay dirt at 8:04 of the second quarter to make it 15-1. The halftime break ended 15-2.
DU back-up goalie Tristan Wright went into the cage for DU to start the second half and Coach Bill Tierney substituted liberally. The third quarter ended 17-7 as Tierney rarely allows his team to exceed the 20 goal total for a contest.
The Red Storm reeled off three straight goals to start the final quarter before Denver responded with a Sam Dwinell goal, assisted by Ellis Geis, 18-10. The game ended, mercifully, for the visitors 19-11.
Alex Simmons had four goals for Denver but the scoring was spread evenly with 14 players scoring goals. Denver won 28 -of-32 faceoffs with TD Ierlan (12-12), Alec Stathakis (10-11), and Brett Boos 6-10 owning the X.
Twenty-two seniors were recognized before and after the game to include the three Yale additions. Senior star Ethan Walker was introduced but did not play in the lopsided win. The win by DU sets up a make-up game against Villanova this Wednesday at 10:00 am MT time. The Pioneers will attempt to clinch the Big East regular season championship and top seed in the Big East Tourney with a win over the Wildcats in their final regular-season BIG EAST game of the season. While DU and Georgetown would hold the same league record if DU beats Villanova, DU holds the head-to-head goal differential tiebreaker with Georgetown. If DU loses to Villanova, Georgetown would win the Big East regular season crown and top seed.