University of Denver senior Mark Matthews tallied five goals and added two assists and freshman goalie Ryan LaPlante made 16 saves to lead the 16th-ranked Pioneers to a 15-9 win over No. 3 Duke in men's lacrosse action this evening in front of 12,282 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver outscored the Blue Devils 9-4 in the second half to secure the victory.
The loss snapped Duke's win streak at 10 games and is the Blue Devils' first loss since March 10. Duke is now 13-4 overall, while Denver improves to 8-5 for the season. Duke twice attempted to mount a comeback, but could never take the lead against the Pioneers.
"We knew it was going to be difficult to come out here and play," head coach John Danowski said. "We've traveled for the past three weekends now and classes ended this week and we understood it was going to be a challenge. With that being said, Denver was great today and deserved to win. They were the better team. It was great for our guys to play in a hostile environment and this was a good one for us. You don't always win with a win and hopefully we learn from this one."