#20 Denver (3-3) battled the #8 North Carolina Tar Heels tough Saturday but lost by one goal, following a three-goal run by the Tar Heels to close out the game. The difference in the game was ground balls, 34-18 advantage Heels, which contributed mightily to the 17-16 loss.
Denver trailed by as many as six goals in the third quarter, 12-6, before drawing even with UNC, 14-14, on a JJ Sillstrop goal with 10:25 remaining in the game. Denver’s Noah Manning and Sillstrop each added goals to increase DU’s lead, 16-14, but the Tar Heels responded with three consecutive goals to win the game.
JJ Sillstrop led Denver on the day with 3 goals and 3 assists. Jack Hannah and Alex Simmons chipped in with 3 goals each and 1 assist. Denver won the faceoff battle by five, 20-15, but turned the ball over four more times than the Tar Heels.
Denver has lost three of their last four games in one of the biggest skids under head coach Bill Tierney.
Next up for DU is a Yale home game on Sunday, March 13th.