DU Lax Drops Tight Game To Loyola

From: DenverPioneers.com

Despite three goals from sophomore Jeremy Noble, the #8 University of Denver lacrosse team fell 12-9 to visiting #4 Loyola on Saturday evening in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,547 at Barton Stadium.  Loyola scored five of the last six goals to snatch the victory.

"All the credit needs to go to Loyola," said head coach Bill Tierney. "They are a great team and they really out-played us tonight. We didn't play up to our potential. This game is a point of emphasis for us as we head into the final weeks of our season." Saturday night's attendance of 2,547 ties the second highest Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium attendance. 

The record for most fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium is 2,575.


Jason "Lunchbox" Myers said...

This game was shades of Ohio State all over again. A few posts and sloppy passing didn't help, but the death knell came on the extra man. Loyola had a 2 minute unreleasable penalty wi DU down two. With their dominance of the face off X it should have been 1 or 2 goals easily. DU turns the ball over after about 30 seconds and when Loyola gets it in their end Tierney does not pursue the ball, even though they have the numerical advantage. They allow Loyola to burn off the entire penalty. Literally everyone on the field was standing flat-footed and of moving for about a minute. After that there was no chance of winning.

The offensive game plan left me scratching my head as well. Loyola played Matthews really tight the entire game and the coaching staff did nothing to try to gain a favorable match up something they have done in the past in similar situations, such as subbing Matthews in at midfield to get the short stick match up.

The boys played hard last night, but it was the coaching that lost the game. Great to see Cam Flint back in the line up, too.

Anonymous said...

Matthews needed to produce more than one assist last night for DU to have a chance to win, no matter who was covering him.

There were a lot of poor defensive decisions that gave Loyola a lot of open looks and walk-ins.

DU is a good team this year, but it doesn't look like they have the special sparkle to be a deep postseason team - much like the DU hockey team was this year,