NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament 2012: Denver Pioneers Season Comes To An End With Loss Against Loyola

The Denver Pioneers will not return to the Final Four of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, falling to Loyola, 10-9, on Saturday.

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Denver Vs. Loyola Final Score, 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Loyola Holds On For 10-9 Victory

The Loyola Greyhounds are going to championship weekend in the 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament for the first time since 1998 following a 10-9 victory over the Denver Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. This was Denver's third loss to Loyola this season and sixth one-goal loss in 2012.

Down 6-4 at the start of the second half, Loyola's Chris Layne scored nearly two minutes into the third period for a 7-4 lead. However, Denver scored two goals in quick succession, Cameron Flint and freshman Wes Berg scoring within 90 seconds of each other. But that was it for the Pioneers that quarter. Eric Lusby scored two more goals for a 9-6 lead and to reach five goals for the game.

Denver made a charge during the middle of the fourth quarter with Mark Matthews and Jeremy Noble each scoring a goal over a span of 65 seconds, but the game played steady after that until less than three minutes remained. Wes Berg scored his second goal with 2:43 left, cutting the deficit to 10-9.

With 24 seconds left in the game, Denver won the final face-off and took the ball down the field, but Cameron Flint's shot was blocked. Loyola picked the ball up and ran out the clock.

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NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2012 Results: Denver Pioneers Defeat North Carolina Tar Heels, 16-14

The Denver Pioneers have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament following their 15-14 victory over the No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The Pioneers are now 2-6 in games decided by one goal during the 2012 season.

UNC came up with a goal with 48 seconds left in the game, bringing it to a one-goal game, but that was it. There was a ball off the pipe around the 30-second mark, making for and exciting moment.

Jeremy Noble was the player of the game with three goals and 10 points, a school record at the Division 1 level. Mark Matthews and Wes Berg each picked up a hat trick, though the former went one step further with five goals. Eric Law and Alex Demopoulos each picked up two goals apiece.

North Carolina's Marcus Holman scored six goals.

Steven Rastivo made 15 saves for the Tar Heels while Ryan LaPlante finished with nine saves.

The Pioneers will play the No. 1 Loyola, Md. Greyhounds in the second round next week. This will be the third game between the two teams this year. Denver has yet to win.

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NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament 2012, UNC Vs. Denver: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament is underway on Saturday and the Denver Pioneers will play the No. 8 overall seed North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday evening. Unlike last year when they hosted an NCAA Tournament game, the Pioneers are on the road in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Denver went 8-6 and lost to the Loyola, Md. Greyhounds in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. The Pioneers could face the Greyhounds in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, but North Carolina (11-5) will be a tough test on Saturday.

The Tar Heels average 12.06 goals and allow 9.50 goals per game. Junior attacker Marcus Holman leads the offense with 33 goals and 66 points. Joey Sankey, a freshman, is second on the team with 41 points while fellow freshman Jimmy Bitter is second in goals with 26. Goalie Steve Rastivo has started all 16 games for the Tar Heels and posted a 9.78 GAA.

Denver is led by senior attacker Mark Matthews and his 39 goals (56 points). Eric Law and freshman Wes Berg follow in the goals category with 24 and 21, respectively. Alex Demopoulos is second in points with 43 and first in assists with 25.

Game time: 5:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, May 12, 2012

Location: Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV: ESPNU

And here is a look at the full bracket:

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NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2012: Denver Pioneers To Play No. 8 North Carolina

The Denver Pioneers have made the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament for a third straight year under head coach Bill Tierney, gaining an at-large bid and a road trip to play the No. 8 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The game will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. MT. Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. will host the game while ESPNU and ESPN3.com will have the broadcast of the game.

Should the Pioneers advance, they could face a rematch with the Loyola, Md. Greyhounds, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, in the second round. The Greyhounds play Canisius in the first round.

The Pioneers made the tournament after going 8-6 and losing to the Greyhounds in the regular season and the ECAC Tournament.

In 2011, the Pioneers hosted the first lacrosse tournament game west of the Mississippi River and advanced all the way to the Final Four. The Pioneers then lost to the eventual champions, the Virginia Cavaliers.

Here is the complete tourney field (click to enlarge):

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2012 ECAC Lacrosse Tournament: Denver Falls To Loyola In Overtime, 14-13

The ECAC Lacrosse Tournament won't have a repeat championship this year following the No. 4 Denver Pioneers' loss to the No. 1 seed Loyola, Md. Greyhounds on Wednesday. Playing at their own Peter Barton Stadium, host to the tournament, the Pioneers lost when Scott Ratliff won the opening face-off of overtime and scored four seconds later to win, 14-13. Ratliff then went off to the side and Tebowed -- because Denver can never escape Tim Tebow.

The Pioneers allowed 12 goals in the first three periods -- four each time -- but then ran into trouble in the final frame. After allowing one goal, Denver went on to score seven unanswered goals to tie the game, 13-13.

Loyola now waits to find out the winner of the Fairfield-Ohio State matchup on Wednesday evening. The ECAC Championship game will be played at Peter Barton Stadium on Friday.

The Denver Pioneers now appear unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament, losing a chance at the ECAC's automatic bid and holding an 8-6 record that won't cut it for an at-large bid.

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Duke Vs. Denver: Pioneers Defeat Blue Devils, 15-9, In Mile High Classic

The Denver Pioneers closed out the regular season in style by defeating the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, 15-9, in the inaugural Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Pioneers head into the ECAC Tournament at their home field, Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, with an 8-5 overall record and a 3-3 record in the ECAC. They will play No. 1 seed Loyola as the No. 4 seed.

Denver entered Friday's game on a two-game losing streak, but the Pioneers were playing hot from the first face-off. Chase Carraro and Wes Berg scored goals in the first 2:15 of the game, helped by an Alex Demopoulos assist each time. Mark Matthews scored the first of his five goals to make it 3-0 Pioneers with less than six minutes left in the first quarter.

Duke never was able to get a lead in this game, as they were able to tie the game at 5-5 with about two minutes left in the first half before Demopoulos put Denver back in the lead, 6-5, with 98 seconds remaining on the clock. That Demopoulos was the start of five straight goals by the Pioneers.

Duke did manage to close the gap to 11-9 several minutes into the final quarter of play, but Matthews' fifth goal of the game, Berg's and Carraro's second goal each of the game and Paul Danko's lone tally of the game secured the victory.

Freshman goaltender Ryan LaPlante made 16 saves in the victory.

Denver kicks off the ECAC Tournament on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. MT.

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2012 ECAC Lacrosse: Denver Pioneers Capture 4th And Final Spot

The 2012 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament has its four-team field set two weeks before the schools travel to the Denver Pioneers' Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium from May 2-4. Well, three teams will travel to the stadium, as the Denver Pioneers will be the No. 4 team in the field. The Pioneers went 3-3 in ECAC play, two wins better than Air Force and Hobart.

The Pioneers have drawn the No. 1 Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds, whom they lost to earlier in the season, 12-9. Fairfield and Ohio State, both 4-1 and both victorious over the Pioneers this season, have taken seeds No. 2 and No. 3 for the other matchup.

The Pioneers hosted the inaugural ECAC Tournament in 2011, which resulted in Denver winning 11-9 over Fairfield. Can the underdog Pioneers make it two in a row?

Here are the current standings:

School ECAC Overall
Loyola (Md.) 6-0 12-0
Fairfield 4-1 11-2
Ohio St. 4-1 7-6
Denver 3-3 7-5
Air Force 1-4 6-6
Hobart 1-4 3-9
Michigan 0-0 1-12
Bellarmine 0-6 4-7

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Denver Vs. Ohio State Final Score: Buckeyes Upset Pioneers, 10-9

Denver Pioneers head coach Bill Tierney must wait until another day to pick up win No. 300. On Sunday afternoon, his team fell to the unranked Ohio St. Buckeyes, 10-9. It was the first loss the team suffered in ECAC play with Tierney at the helm and the first loss to an unranked team since losing to Jacksonville in 2010.

The Pioneers entered the final quarter of play tied at eight with the Buckeyes, but it didn't take long for Ohio State to take the lead. Dominique Alexander and Logan Schuss, who scored his 5th goal of the game, put the Buckeyes into a 10-8 lead.

Alex Demopoulos brought the score to 10-9 on a shot he took while falling to the ground. The Pioneers had a chance at the end for a final attack on the net, only to see a pass sail high and out of bounds.

The Pioneers will host the DU Face-Off Classic next weekend, welcoming Air Force, Michigan and Robert Morris to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver plays Michigan on Saturday and Robert Morris on Sunday.

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Ohio State Vs. Denver Halftime Score: Pioneers Take Late 5-3 Lead Over Buckeyes

The Denver Pioneers enter halftime against the Ohio St. Buckeyes with a 5-3 lead, but it took a couple of late goal for that to happen. With just 61 seconds left on the clock, Cameron Flint scored his first goal of the game; Eric Law made it a two-goal lead with just five seconds left on the clock.

Denver held a 3-2 lead entering the second quarter as a result of goals by Jeremy Noble, Wes Berg and Mark Matthews in the first quarter. However, the offense stagnated for most of the second quarter, unable to reach the aggressive level expected of them.

Ohio State's Logan Schuss tied the game at three during the second quarter, netting his second goal of the game. Dominique Alexander had the other goal for the Buckeyes.

Denver committed six turnovers in the first half and split the faceoffs with Ohio State, 5-5.

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Denver Vs. Ohio State: Pioneers Lacrosse Begins 2012 Season Against Buckeyes

The No. 5 Denver Pioneers' 2012 lacrosse season begins on Sunday afternoon against the Ohio St. Buckeyes in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic. Thus the Pioneers' journey to return to the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, falling to Virginia during the 2011 semifinals, starts anew.

The Buckeyes are already 2-0 with wins over Detroit and Mercer. Logan Schuss is already off to a great start for Ohio State, scoring five goals and totaling 10 points. Brock Sorensen leads the team with six goals. Greg Dutton has started both games for the Buckeyes and has allowed eight goals on 20 shots. Scott Spencer has played the other 30 minutes and has seen six goals reach the back of the net.

Denver, meanwhile, returns with a solid offense that is led by seniors Mark Matthews and Alex Demopoulos. Matthews led the team with 46 goals and 70 points last season; Demopoulos wasn't that far behind with 30 goals and 58 points.

The midfield of Cam Flint and Jeremy Noble will help backup the offense and provide support for the defense while Chase Carraro returns as one of the top face-off guys in the country. He won 58.2 percent of his face-offs in 2011.

In net, Jamie Faus returns as a sophomore following a freshman season in which he has an 8.55 GAA and a .560 save percentage. He will have a new defense in front of him with Kyle Hercher and Drew Babb there. Carson Cannon and Mike Riis are also expected to receive plenty of playing time.

With a victory, Pioneers head coach Bill Tierney will reach win No. 300.

Game time/date: 12:00 p.m. MT, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV: NBC Sports Network

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2012 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List Includes Denver Pioneers' Mark Matthews

The Denver Pioneers could see its first Tewaaraton Trophy award winner (top NCAA Lacrosse player) in 2012 if Mark Matthews has anything to say about things. He is the Pioneers' lone representative on the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List, which includes 63 other persons of interest this season.

Matthews scored 46 goals and totaled 70 points as a junior in 2011, a season in which the Pioneers made the Final Four of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. He and the Pioneers lost to the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner, Steele Stanwick, and his NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers in the semifinals. Stanwick returns for his senior season to defend the trophy he won after scoring 32 goals and picking up 70 points.

The list will see additions during the season before it is cut to 25 nominees in late April. Five players will be announced as finalists in mid-May.

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