Denver Women’s Lacrosse Stuns Undefeated Stanford, 15-13, in NCAA First Round

Denver got a tough assignment against the undefeated Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 7-1) in an NCAA Tournament first-round match in Evanston, Illinois Friday afternoon. A 15 game winning streak by Denver made this game a compelling matchup. Something had to give and it was a rugged defense and timely goals that won the game for Denver.

In the first half, Denver struggling with draw controls (10-4) and the Cardinal controlled play most of the half, outshooting DU 13-9. However, Denverplayed outstanding pressing physical defense, forced turnovers (8) and goaltender Amelia Cole made key stops (5/13 SOG). to hold Stanford at bay until Denver’s offense heated up in the waning minutes of the half.

Early in the game, the two teams traded shots with Denver going up 4-3 on Caroline Wiseman’s goal marking four different Denver scorers. Bea Behrins second goal of the game followed by Eliza Radochonski’s first goal gave DU a two-goal lead at 8:26, 6-4.  Jacie Lemos countered for Stanford but Eliza Radochonski caught the Cardinal napping with 15 seconds left to take Denver to a 7-5 edge. Rather than sit on the two-goal margin, Bea Behrins hammered home a rare draw control fast break with .01 remaining to put Denver up 8-5.

Two early goals by Katie Gilbert and Katherine Gjertsen in the second half pulled the Cardinal within one, 9-8. A turnover by keeper Cole in front of the cage after a great save, knotted the score 9-9 with 22:49 remaining. Behrins stopped the Stanford run with a point-blank goal from a free position penalty to lead, 10-9. Stanford’s Anna Griffith pulled the teams even 10-10 at 19:34. After a key stop, Bea Behrins scored her fifth goal to take a 11-10 lead. The teams pulled even yet again at 12-12 on a goal by Stanfords Ali Baiocco. DU responded by outscoring Stanford three-to-one with goals from Radochonski, Kipp Sloane and Mackensie Wallevand to seal the game.

In the end, it was the ferocious defense by Denver that ultimately led to the win, rarely giving the Cardinal clean looks at goal. Bea Behrins and Eliza Radochonski led Denver with five goals each. Next up for Denver in the second round of the NCAA Tournament is #2 seed Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois on Sunday, May 16th at 11:00 am MT.


5 thoughts on “Denver Women’s Lacrosse Stuns Undefeated Stanford, 15-13, in NCAA First Round”

  1. Wow, great job, Denver!!! Fantastic win, great momentum to the next round!! Go get em, Poos.

    Btw, how annoying is it that they are called the cardinal. Wft does that mean, why not plural? I could google it, but I would rather just be annoyed by that stupidity.

  2. In Stanford’s case, the Cardinal refers to the specific school color shade of red Stanford wears, not the bird. That’s why its singular…

  3. The DU key to the win was Eliza Radchonsky’s back-to-back goals that broke open a 12-12 tie late. She also was the key to DU’s NCAA run in 2019, when her goals keyed DU’s wins over USC and Michigan to reach the NCAA Elite Eights.

    DU has now won 16 in a row, and they are playing the game with joy.

    A win over #2 seeded Northwestern in Evanston would be the biggest victory in DU history…

  4. Dunker not surprised. Similar to us, the Cardinal didn’t play the toughest schedule. We have beaten them before. However props to them for going undefeated until they faced our Pios in the NCAA tournament.
    Our defeating Northwestern might be the biggest upset in DU history if it happens. Biggest victory for women’s lax without a doubt.
    I like the Tree. At least Stanford lets it hang around sports events without getting bent out of shape. The people who hate Boone wouldn’t even know if Boone showed up at a Championship event off campus.
    Off topic, there must be a decent number of Irish hitting the bars around campus tonight. Could be a lot of fun.

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