Georgetown Runs Over Denver, 17-9

A packed Peter Barton Stadium saw DU fall to the Big EAST favorite Georgetown Saturday afternoon.  Denver (5-5, 0-1) led Georgetown 4-3 at the end of the first quarter but the Hoyas were fueled by a shorthanded goal in the second quarter and raced past Denver, 14-5,  over the next three quarters. Denver falls to 0-1 in the Big EAST. Georgetown goes to 8-1, 1-0 on the season.

JJ Sillstrop had three goals in the first quarter to hand Denver the lead, 4-3. In the second quarter, a pair of goals by Georgetown’s  Dylan Watson fueled four consecutive goals by the Hoyas before Denver’s Alex Simmons fed Ritchie Connel on a man-up advantage to close the gap to 7-5 at halftime.

The Georgetown onslaught continued into the third quarter as Georgetown scored six consecutive goals, three by Graham Bundy, Jr., before the Pio’s Ted Sullivan finally found twine at 4:11 of the third quarter. Denver trailed 13-6 heading into the final quarter.

Georgetown outscored Denver 4-3 in the final quarter for the 17-9 final score. Dylan Watson led Georgetown and all scorers with six goals. JJ Sillstrop led DU with three goals. Georgetown had 34 shots on goal and Denver could only generate 22 shots on frame. DU lost 10 more ground balls than GU and had 5 more wins at the ‘X’ than Denver.

Georgetown seemed to wear down Denver’s defense as the game progressed and the Pioneers could never get their offense untracked in the choppy effort. Denver finds themselves chasing the Hoyas with only five regular-season conference games remaining.

The weekend was a special one for DU men’s lacrosse. A $1.25 million head coaching endowment, The William G. Tierney Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, was established in head coach Bill Tierney’s name for Denver men’s lacrosse.


2 thoughts on “Georgetown Runs Over Denver, 17-9”

  1. It used to be that Denver would often own the third quarter against any opponent with Tierney’s masterful ability on in-game adjustments. Now, the tables have been turned, and Georgetown completely owned us in the third quarter of this… well…curb-stomping embarrassment of a home game.

    I don’t expect DU to win every home game against good teams like Georgetown, but home blowout losses are a clear indication of a back- sliding program. Just when you think the Pios have come around with a couple of good wins over OSU and Towson, after a horrendous start to the season, they go backwards. DU got schooled badly in almost all areas of the game – shots, clears, face-offs, ground balls and extra-man opportunities.

    This is shaping up to be the worst non-covid DU season under Tierney since the 9-7 season of 2012…

  2. 22 shots on goal is not going to get it done. Denver’s offense seems slow and bogged down. Not much creativity, especially on the break. Beyond Sillstrop and Hannah, DU seems to be struggling to get on the board. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense and goaltender. Also, once again, losing the ground ball game and faceoffs. Frankly, it could have been even worse. DU needs to up the recruiting for next season, especially at midfield and on the offensive side of the ball. I’d also like to see Denver unleashed on the fast break before opponents have time to set-up defense rather than pass out to the perimiter and set up a play.

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