Denver junior midfielder and face-off specialist Chase Carraro led the way with a 22 of 23 face-off performance to help the 10th-ranked University of Denver to a 15-8 victory over Hobart on Saturday in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,131 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game with Hobart because they have a very unique offense and we saw it in the first half,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “They have a couple of really good players that kind of confused us. We probably over coached them and when we finally settled down on defense we settled down our offense. Us winning 22 of 23 face-offs is unheard of and I'm proud of our face-off group's effort. Overall a good solid win.”
The Pioneers (6-3, 2-1 ECAC) got four goals and an assist from senior attackman Mark Matthews, who posted his 25th career-hat trick. Also contributing for Denver was freshman Wes Berg as he finished with three goals and an assist, while sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble finished with two goals and an assist.
Denver remained perfect at home this season, and extended its home winning streak to nine games.
The Pioneers continue their home stand against Bellarmine on Friday, April 6 at 7:00 PM MT.