"It was great to look up in the stands and see our fans coming out here. It was a great atmosphere."
DU Coach Bill Tierney
"Obviously, Denver is an elite team and an elite program. In a lot of ways they are what we want to become."Michigan Head Coach John Paul
The University of Denver defeated Michigan on a glorious Spring afternoon at Barton Stadium, 17-5. There wasn't an empty seat in the house and the overflow crowd was treated to a clinical display of offensive lacrosse. The Pioneers controlled the flow of the game thanks to their prowess at face-offs, winning 19 of 26 draws, and collecting 43 ground balls to U-M's 23.
DU won the opening faceoff and scored 42 seconds in. DU led 2-0 three minutes into the first quarter and 5-1 after 15 minutes. Denver had a 4-2 scoring advantage in the second stanza to earn a 9-3 halftime advantage. DU's lead ballooned to 15-5 after three quarters and it tacked on two more late goals.
Denver's Eric Law led all players with four goals, while Mark Matthews and Alex Demopoulos had three apiece.
Denver jumped ahead early with goals at 14:18 and 12:01 of the first quarter. Michigan bounced a shot through the DU goalie's five-hole at 7:45 to make it 2-1. The Pioneers responded just 42 seconds later and poured in two more goals in the final minute of the first quarter.
The Pioneers and Wolverines traded goals throughout the second quarter until Denver finished the frame with back-to-back goals for a 9-3 halftime lead.
Denver made it a four-goal run with two tallies to begin the second half. Bryant's second goal of the day made it 11-4. DU deposited four straight goals to take a double-digit lead, 15-4. Chu scored on a pass that ricocheted into the Denver goal to cap U-M's scoring with eight seconds left in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was scoreless until DU tallied two late goals.