Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title

Denver and Georgetown have been the best that BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse has to offer for the past few years and in the 2021 conference championship game between the top-seeded Pioneers and the 2nd-seeded Hoyas once again showed the college lacrosse world why. Denver had seven different players score but it wasn’t enough in a mostly defensive battle that saw Georgetown win their third straight BIG EAST title, 10-9 at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I.

The championship was a back-and-forth game of runs for both teams as neither team led by more than three at any point. Georgetown opened the scoring and controlled the opening minutes of the game but after Denver came back to tie the game, the Pioneers took control in the second quarter. The Pioneers scored four times in the second and went into the intermission with a two-goal lead thanks in part to Jack Hannah’s highlight-reel behind-the-back goal that you may see on SportsCenter Top 10 later this weekend.

Unfortunately, the goodwill from the first half only lasted so long. After an even third quarter, Georgetown took back control of the game in the fourth quarter and scored four of their own while only allowing one Denver tally in the final quarter of the game. Hoyas goaltender Owen McElroy was a major factor in Georgetown’s late-game dominance, making 15 total saves on 24 Denver shots throughout the game. Denver’s Jack Thompson, however, had a subpar day by his standards stopping 10 of Georgetown’s 20 shots. But it was the fourth quarter, when McElroy stopped five of Denver’s six shots on goal that made the difference. Thompson saved just two of Georgetown’s six fourth-quarter shots.

Jackson Morrill led the way for the Pioneers offensively with four points on two goals and two assists as the only DU player with more than three points. Ethan Walker did score twice but Georgetown did an excellent job keeping Denver’s potent offense at bay. Jack Hannah, Alex Simmons, and Walker combined for just four points, an uncharacteristic offensive performance for the trio.

For the Pioneers, while the conference tournament did not go their way, their season likely is not over. The consensus is that Denver’s resume is strong enough, even without the automatic bid that comes with the BIG EAST Tournament championship, to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Denver also submitted a bid to host two first-round games at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium next weekend and the first-round hosts will be announced during the NCAA Division I Menโ€™s and Womenโ€™s Lacrosse Championships Selection Special tomorrow evening on ESPNU at 7 pm MT. Denver Women’s Lacrosse won the BIG EAST Tournament earlier today and will also find out tomorrow night who they play in the first round. Should Denver be named a host and make the men’s tournament, they will play their first-round game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium next weekend.


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4 thoughts on “Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title”

  1. Dunker sapped of the little energy he has with this loss. Game was so winnable. Just to be safe, Iโ€™d love Maryland to defeat HOP tonight. If Terps lose, they get AL spot. That would leave 2 spots for Rutgers, DU, and Army or Lehigh.

  2. This game was a sledgehammer to the nuts for the Pios and their fans.

    Of course, if the Pios get to host in the NCAAs, it’s all in the past.

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow…

  3. Unreal goaltending by GTown, and we hit the pipe more than a couple times. Still, amazing to be able to watch from Ecuador — right? And a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon while the country is in entire, weekend-long curfew/lockdown. Not allowed out of the house from 8p Fri to 5a Monday. So beer and Pios. I hope we get to go dancing.

  4. DU unable to put away opponents…had plenty of chances to extend their lead in second half, and scoring went cold. They should have easily built a 4 goal lead, but allowed their opponent back in the game instead. Killer instinct is missing with this team. At least it was today. Don’t know if this team has what it takes to do much damage in the tournament, hope they prove me wrong. Bright side was goaltending…fantastic in the first half especially.

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