Box Score March 10, 2018
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Sophomore Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) scored five goals and juniors Drew Supinski (Collegeville, Pa.) and Austin French (Danville, Calif.) had three points apiece, but the [5/4] University of Denver men's lacrosse team wasn't able to overcome an early 6-1 deficit and fell to [10/11] Notre Dame 11-9 on Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
Walker became the fastest to 100 career points by six games in Denver's Division I history, capping off his race to the century mark halfway through his 23rd career game with goals 58 and 59 of his career. The previous DU Division I record was 29 games set by both Mike Law and Jack Bobzien. Walker scored Denver's first goal of the third quarter to complete his fifth-straight hat trick in the contest.
Supinski had two goals and a helper, and French finished with a goal and two assists. Senior Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) finished 15-of-24 from the dot, picking up nine ground balls in Denver's second setback of the season. Baptiste moved into third in NCAA lacrosse history in ground balls with 544. Junior Alex Ready (Lancaster, Pa.) finished with seven saves.
Notre Dame scored the first four goals and six of the first seven to take a five-goal lead after the first 15 minutes on Saturday afternoon. Supinski netted his fourth goal of the season to prevent the Pioneers from being shutout in the first quarter, finishing a man-up chance off a feed from French.
The two teams split the second quarter 2-2. Walker scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to get to 100 points in his career, sandwiching his goals around tallies from Notre Dame's Mikey Drake and Brendan Gleason.
Denver won the third quarter 3-2, getting goals from Walker, junior Austin French (Danville, Calif.) and Supinski in the frame. Gleason got two more for the Irish though to send the Irish into the final 15 minutes with a four goal advantage at 10-6.
The Pioneers scored the first three of the fourth quarter to extend its goal run to five-straight to bring Denver back to within one at 10-9, but Bryan Costabile netted his 10th of the year to extend the Irish lead back to 11-9. Notre Dame held Denver scoreless in the final 8:27 to snap Denver's six-game winning streak in the series.
The [5/4] University of Denver men's lacrosse team, Presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, will open up its longest homestand of the year on March 17th when the Pioneers welcome [13/14] Ohio State to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on Altitude and ESPN Denver 1600. Denver will stay home over Spring Break in 2018 to host Towson on March 24th at 12 p.m. MT.
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