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Pioneers Wrap-up Preseason Florida Trip with USA Scrimmage

0 Comments 11 January 2016

Denver vs. Team USA - US Lacrosse Spring Premiere

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The No. 2 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team concluded its early January trip to Florida with a 22-6 exhibition loss to the United States National Team on Sunday at IMG Academy Stadium.

Denver will wrap-up its 2016 preseason in just shy of three weeks when the Pioneers welcome No. 6 Johns Hopkins to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on January 30 at 10 a.m. MT.“There are a lot of positives to take away when you look at a team like that, like the one we just played,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “They just do everything soundly. That’s what we’re trying to teach our guys, that that’s what it is all about. It’s not about the fancy stuff, yeah they had a couple of nice behind the back shots and passes, but it’s not about that, it’s about sticking to the basics, and doing those as fast and as hard as you can. It’s about being confident in your teammates. We learned a lot today, and I thought in the second half we were a lot better. It’s a good experience for us, and I’d do it over again if they asked us to.”

Freshman Austin French (Danville, Calif.) scored the Pioneers first goal of 2016 on Denver’s third extra-man opportunity of the morning on a cross-field pass from junior Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.). Sunday’s game, which was played under international rules, saw the United States take a 5-1 lead in the first 20-minute quarter.

The Pioneers were down 14-1 at the intermission, but played the senior national team to an 8-5 score in the second half. In Denver’s first game since the graduation of Ryan LaPlante, freshman Alex Ready (Lancaster, Pa.) made six saves in the first half in his collegiate debut.

Sophomore Brendan Bomberry (Ohsweken, Ontario) netted Denver’s second EMO goal of the day from the left side off the feed from senior captain Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.). Freshman attackman Nate Marano (Tustin, Calif.) later backed down his defender on the left side for the Pioneers second goal of the quarter, picking out the top corner to give DU its first even-strength goal of the contest.

In the fourth quarter, senior midfielder Colin Woolford (Norwalk, Conn.) scored on Denver’s first possession of the stanza. Woolford tallied 10 goals in his junior campaign, including six in Denver’s six postseason games. Junior Connor Flynn (Charlotte, N.C.) inked Denver’s second goal before the midway point in the fourth quarter, and Marano’s second of the day closed out the scoring in the exhibition with 1:10 left on the clock.

Junior goalie Hunter Krout (Naples, Fla.) and senior Joey Gigantiello (Shamong, N.J.) split time in the Denver cage in the second half, combining for four saves and eight goals allowed, including three saves from the Florida native Krout.

“We scored a lot of young goals today,” Tierney said of his underclassmen’s first action at Denver. “As I told our guys, we’re not going to make excuses for who wasn’t here. We’ll get back to the drawing board and try to just get better the next time out. That’s the only thing you can do. You can’t look ahead at any one game, or look back at this one. After some days off this week, we’ll get the guys back, work hard, and like I said earlier this was a worthwhile experience for our team.”

SEASON TICKETS: There is only one way to guarantee yourself a seat in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in 2016 as limited season tickets are still available. Fans interested in becoming new season ticket holders in 2016 can purchase their tickets here.

ABOUT DENVER: 2015 USILA Head Coach of the Year Bill Tierney enters his seventh season in 2016 after not only leading Denver to its first National Championship in 2015, but also becoming the first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I head coach to win National Championships at two different institutions. The Levittown, N.Y., native also has an NCAA-record seven National Championships.

Denver returns three of its top four point getters from a 2015 team that finished the campaign on a 13-game winning streak en-route to a National Championship.  Junior Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) shattered Denver’s single-season points record in his first season with the program, finishing with 90 points on 57 goals and 33 assists. Classmates Zach Miller (Steamburg, N.Y.) and Tyler Pace (Coquitlam, B.C) return in the Denver midfield after finishing with 61 (26G, 35A) and 49 (22G, 27A) points, respectively in 2015.

Two-time USILA All-American, including 2015 second-team selection, Christian Burgdorf (Westfield, N.J.) and 25-game starter Pat Karole (Glen Ridge, N.J.) will return for the Pioneers defense in 2016.   

Denver had five Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans represented in the 2016 Face-Off Yearbook. The Pioneers also checked in at No. 2 in the 2016 Face-Off Yearbook Top-20 and No. 2 in the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason poll.


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