March 12, 2006
DENVER, COLORADO (March 12, 2006) - The #12 ranked Denver men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals in the second half and erased a 5-2 Sacred Heart lead to post a 10-6 over the Pioneers Sunday afternoon. SHU led 4-2 at the half and 6-4 midway through the third quarter but where shut out over the last 22 minutes of action to remain winless at 0-4 on the year.
Sacred Heart was out shot heavily all game, 50-26, and struggled clearing the ball, finishing just 21 of 34. Much of the Pioneer's struggles came in the second half as 28 of their 45 turnovers came in the third and fourth quarters combined.
The Pioneers jumped up early on the 12th-ranked DU Pioneers, scoring three times but the halfway point of quarter one. Junior Mike Collins (Auburn, NY) scored his first goal in a Pioneer uniform at 10:34 off a feed from Brendan McAuley (Hicksville, NY).
SHU senior Kiel Adams (Rome, NY) made it 3-0 with scores at 6:55 and 6:23 to keep the Pioneer momentum going while also marking the first time this season Denver has trailed at home. DU would crack the scoring column at 4:50 of the first on Michael Goltra's third of the season and then cut the SHU lead to 3-2 on Ryan Zordani's sixth marker of the year.
Sacred Heart got the final tally of the quarter as freshman Bobby Karl (Clifton Park, NY) beat the halftime horn with a goal with 24 seconds left to send the Pioneers into the break up 4-2.
Pioneer goalkeeper, senior Jim Millhausen (Arnold, MD) made his first career start on Sunday and turned in nine saves on 28 Denver shots in the first half.
SHU's Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) wasted little time adding to the Pioneer lead, scoring at 13:58 of the third from Tony Tanzi (Mahopac, NY). From there, Denver's offense began to find its scoring legs. Brandon Barcus scored his eighth and ninth of the season back-to-back to cut the Sacred Heart led to 5-4. The Pioneers answered on Tanzi's only goal of the day at 6:53, marking the final score of the day for SHU.
Denver cut back to within one, 6-5, at 4:24 on Todd Ruport's fifth and then tied it a mere six seconds later on a Geoff Snider tally. Another from Ruport plus an Adam Goodwin score carried Denver into the final quarter ahead 8-6 and then tacked on two more in the final 15 minutes en route to the 10-6 win.
Seven different Denver players scored in the win as they improve to 4-1 on the year. Snider, Barcus and Ruport each had a pair of goals and Ryan Shaughnessy added two assists.
In addition to Adams' two goals, Karl finished with a goal and two assists Greco and Tanzi had a score and an assist each.
The Pioneers will return home and host Binghamton on Saturday, March 18th at 1 pm.