DENVER – The No. 5/4 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team closes out the regular season this weekend, hosting Eastern College Athletic Conference foe Michigan on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available for $9 at the DU Box Office or online. To purchase online, please visit: http://bit.ly/t9JY6Y.
The game will be live on Pioneer Vision, Comcast CET and 102.3 ESPN Radio. Live stats will also be available at DenverPioneers.com and live updates will be on Twitter at @DU_MLAX.
Both teams first met last season (Feb. 25, 2012) as the Pioneers took a 17-5 win over the Wolverines in the DU Face-Off Classic.
The Michigan Wolverines are coming off their first win of the season, an 11-8 decision over St. Joseph’s, to sport a 1-12 overall mark. The Wolverines are also looking for their first ECAC win of the season, having lost all six previous games. Kyle Jackson leads the Wolverines with 27 points off 17 goals and 10 assists, while Mike Hernandez is second on the team with 22 points off 13 goals and nine assists. Goalie Gerald Logan has a 1-12 record to go along with a 56.1 save percentage and an 11.73 goals-against average. As a team, Michigan is averaging 32.1 shots per game and is scoring 6.62 goals per game.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
Denver is coming off a 10-9 overtime loss to ECAC rival Fairfield this past weekend, making it the first loss for the Pioneers in league play this season and first one at home. Senior Eric Law leads the Pioneers with 54 points off 29 goals and 25 assists, while sophomore Wesley Berg leads the way in goals with 37 to go along with 11 assists for 48 points. Sophomore goalie Ryan LaPlante has a 7-1 mark on the season to go with a team best 56.2 save percentage and a 9.87 goals-against average. As a team, Denver has the fifth-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 12.69 goals per game. Denver also has the third-best shooting percentage (.344) and is averaging the sixth-best points-per-game average (19.85).
CAMERON FLINT POINT PRODUCTION
Senior Cameron Flint has tallied at least one point in all 13 of the Pioneers games thus far. The Denver midfielder has already recorded 32 points, which ranks third on the Pioneer roster. In his last three outings, Flint has combined for nine goals and 11 points. This season’s sixth overall draft pick in the MLL recorded a four-goal and one-assist performance against Bellarmine, and another four-goal game, including the game-winner, against Loyola two weekends ago.
Senior Eric Law has recorded at least one point in every game this season, tallying more than one point in 12 of the 13 games. He has also scored a goal in 12 of the 13 games. Senior Cameron Flint has record at least one point in every game this season, tallying more than one point in 10 out of the 13 games. He has also scored a goal in 12 of the13 games. Eric Adamson has recorded at least one point in every game this season and scored a goal in 11 of the 13 games. Wesley Berg has recorded more than one goal and one point in 12 of the 13 games this season. Gordie Koerber has tallied at least one point in six of the nine games he’s played this season and scored more than one goal in six of the nine games he’s played. Jeremy Noble has recorded a point in each of the six games he’s played this season, and scored a goal in five of the six games.
The Pioneers are averaging 36.8 shots per game and have one of the most efficient offenses in college lacrosse. Their 34.4 shot percentage ranks third in the country behind Albany who leads the nation with a 37.7 shot percentage.
PIONEERS IN THE NCAA STATS
The Pioneers come into this Saturday’s game with the sixth-best winning percentage (76.9%) and ranking third in shot percentage (34.4%). They are also ranked fifth in scoring offense (12.69), sixth in points per game (19.85) and ninth in assists per game (7.15). Eric Law ranks third in shot percentage (57.2%), 10th in points per game (4.15) and 18th in assists per game (1.92). Wesley Berg ranks seventh in goals per game (2.85).
CAN I GET A HAT TRICK?
Senior Eric Law has 11 career hat tricks, while fellow senior Cameron Flint has 11 and sophomore Wesley Berg has nine career hat tricks. Sophomore Eric Adamson started the 2013 season off with a bang, scoring five goals to record his first career hat trick. Freshman Gordie Koerber tallied his fourth hat trick of his career with three goals against Notre Dame.
SOCK TRICK ANYONE?
Sophomore We Berg’s seven-goal performance against Penn (03/0213) earlier this season is the first sock trick under Coach Tierney and just the second time since the Pioneers turned Division I that a student-athlete has scored seven goals in a game. Berg also became the sixth Pioneer in DI program history to score six goals in a game as he netted his second career sock trick against Air Force (03/26/13). Peter Baum of Colgate ranks first in the nation among active players with four career sock tricks.
The Pioneers’ sophomore class has provided for 40 percent of DU’s goals (66-of-165), followed by Denver’s senior class which accounts for 39 percent (64-of-165). The Pioneers’ seniors, however, have assisted on 55 percent of all goals scored to lead the way with 45 percent of the team’s total point production (115-of-258). DU’s sophomore class is close behind with 37 percent of the point production (96-of-258).
SCORING BY POSITION
The Pioneers’ attack corps is responsible for 70.9 percent of Denver’s point production, while the midfield group is responsible for 28.7 percent through 13 games so far this season. The attack group of Eric Adamson, Harrison Archer, Wesley Berg, Sean Cannizzaro, Bailey Dodds, Gordie Koerber, Eric Law, Tom Moore, Colin Scott and Tyler Simmons are also responsible for assisting on 67.7 percent of DU’s goals. DU’s midfielders (Chace Calkin, Chase Carraro, Tyler Ekeroth, Terry Ellis, Cameron Flint, Hunter Gore, Garret Holst, Jeremy Noble, Connor Pagnani, Michael Pirone, Sean Snodgrass, Colin Woolford and Taylor Young) have produced 27.3 percent of the Pioneers’ goals this season.
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PIONEERS ON YOUR COMPUTER
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