In a strange game, DU led in most statistical categories – shots (26-17), shots-on-goal (16-13), forced turnovers (22-10), clears (16-17 vs 17-22), and ground balls (14-8). How did BC win? They went a cool 13-13 on their shots on goal – nearly an impossible statistic to generate at this level of play.
Denver trailed 3-1 at the end of the first quarter and 8-5 at halftime. Normally, Denver has solid second halves but the Eagles outscored the Pioneers 5-3 in the final 30 minutes to earn the hard-fought win at the Newton Lacrosse and Soccer Field, home to BC.
Bea Behrins led DU with 3 goals. Not surprisingly, it was Charlotte North who led the Eagles with two other teammates with 3 goals each, Caitlynn Mossman and Jenn Medjid. The loss ended DU women’s lacrosse’s run in the second round for the second consecutive season in a row.
Goal No. 70 for Bea Behrins
6-4 BC | 6:02 2nd Qtr pic.twitter.com/hkIQCNmWFw
— Denver Women’s Lacrosse (@DU_WLAX) May 15, 2022
Maybe the decisive moment of the game came in BC’s ninth goal which came early in the 3rd quarter when Medjid’s shot went just wide of the left post and landed on the outside of the net. The referees were quick to award the goal to the Eagles and even after a discussion among all of the officials, they stuck with the call on the field. Unlike many other sports, college lacrosse, both men’s and women’s, does not employ replay review, so the Pioneers coaching staff had no recourse. While the ‘goal’ did not end up affecting the final score, it was a key moment in the game that gave BC a four-goal lead rather than giving Denver the ball on the turnover with a chance to cut the three-goal 8-5 deficit down to two with loads of time left in the game.
— Annie Rice (@RICE_and_dice) May 15, 2022
Regardless of the final score, maybe this will finally give the NCAA the needed push to get replay into lacrosse. I’m still so mad
— LetsGoDU (@LetsGoDU) May 15, 2022
Just watched the refs in the BC/DU #NCAAWLAX tournament game call a goal and pick the ball up from the side of the net…because the ball never went in…and stood by the call after a discussion…how does that happen…@alihou9
— Dillon Ward (@DillWard37) May 15, 2022
The only remaining spring sport for Denver is men’s golf which tees off tomorrow in the first round of the NCAA’s in Stockton, California. Men’s golf will conclude the 2021-2022 season for Denver Athletics.
Top photo courtesy of Denver Athletics