Demopoulos and Matthews Lead Pioneers Over Bellarmine 12-8
DENVER - The sophomore duo of Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) and Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) combined for nine points to lead the University of Denver to a 12-8 defeat of the visiting Bellarmine Knights on Friday evening at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium before a crowd of over 1,000 fans. The win keeps the Pioneers undefeated in Eastern College Athletic Conference play and extends their win streak to four games.
"I thought we played solid defense at times tonight, holding a very good offensive team to just six goals for most of the game," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Peter Lowell had another great night for us in goal and he really came up with some big-time saves. A lot of credit goals to Bellarmine because they played a different defensive style then we have been used to and it really had us thinking too much early on in the game."
Providing the first three goals of the game for Denver, Demopoulos recorded his fourth hat trick of the season and brought his season total to 23 goals. The attackman also extended his consecutive games with one or more points to 11 games as he finished the night with two assists to lead the Pioneers with five points.
"At the beginning of the game, the ball just bounced my way and I got some great looks from my teammates that I was able to take advantage of and put the ball in the back of the net," Demopoulos said. "As the game went on, I wanted to slow things down a bit and keep the turnovers to a minimum and I was able to help out my teammates with some good scoring chances."
Finishing with his fourth consecutive hat trick, Matthews also extended his streak of consecutive games with one or more points to five games as he finished the night with four points.
Despite being outshot 42-28 by the Knights, the Pioneers claimed the victory largely due to a 13-save performance from senior goalie Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine). It was the fourth consecutive game that the senior has had 10 or more saves.
Also chipping in offensively for Denver were seniors John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) and Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), as both added two goals. In his second game back from injury, freshman Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) jumped back into the scoring column as he tallied one goal and provided a game-high three assists to finish with four points.
As a team, Denver held the advantage in ground balls 36-25 and was able to capitalize on all four of its man-up opportunities. Midfielder Derek Hopcroft led the Knight with four goals while teammate Jarrett Davis finished the night with three assists.
Denver closes out the weekend when they host conference rival Quinnipiac on Sunday at 11 a.m. The game will be featured as the ECAC Game of the Week, and will be televised on various networks. Tickets are just $9 and can be purchased through www.TicketMaster.com or through the DU Ticket Office.