Denver women’s lacrosse defeated Stanford for the second game in a row, following on last season’s NCAA tournament win, 8-6, at Stanford, California. Denver men’s lacrosse was not so fortunate with a Saturday morning loss to Duke, 19-10, in Durham, North Carolina.
Denver women’s lacrosse fell behind 3-1 in the first quarter and went into halftime trailing 5-3. Strong Defense led the Pioneers resurgence in the second half as they outscored the Cardinal 5-1 for an 8-6 win. Bea Behrins, on the women’s watch list for the 2022 Tewaaraton Award, led Denver with four goals and Lauren Black chipped in with two. Make no mistake, Denver dominated this game, outshooting the Cardinal 27-14 with 9 extra shots on goal. Stanford gave up the ball 20 times to Denver’s 12 and Denver won five more ground balls than the Cardinal. Overall, a fantastic performance by Denver women’s lacrosse on the road.
The women play California Sunday at 1:00 pm MT.
Denver men played the Blue Devils even in the first quarter, 5-5, but Duke poured it on over the next three quarters, outscoring DU 14-5 in dominating fashion. JJ Sillstrop provided half of DU’s firepower with five goals. Shots were relatively even, 42-44, but Duke’s shots were more accurate. Duke had a slight faceoff edge 17-14. Denver had a whopping 17 turnovers but the most disappointing statistic was on ground balls, 36-19, where the Blue Devils outhustled the Pioneers. Overall, Denver is relatively young with less talent this season than many recent Pioneer teams so winning turnovers and groundballs will be opportunity areas for Denver going forward.
Next up for the Denver men’s lacrosse is Jacksonville University on Saturday, February 26th at 12:00 pm MT.
Photo: Courtesy of Duke Athletics