Denver Readies for Duke in NCAA Semifinals

Denver's Jeremy Noble

Denver's Jeremy Noble

May 23, 2014

From Denver Athletic Communications

DENVER – The No. 5 seed University of Denver men’s lacrosse will take on No. 1 seed Duke University on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. MT at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Pioneers advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 15-6 win over Drexel in the Quarterfinals hosted at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

Saturday’s game will be televised live on ESPN2/WatchESPN.com and will also be available on 102.3 ESPN Radio. Denver has won 13 straight games, sitting at 16-2 on the season. The win-streak is the Pioneers’ longest in program history, surpassing the previous mark of 12 straight set during the 2011 season.

DENVER IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

• Denver is making its fifth straight NCAA postseason appearance; seventh in program history. Last season, Denver advanced to its second Semifinals in three seasons, falling to Syracuse 9-8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

• Denver advances to the Semifinals for the third time in program history and third time in four seasons. The Pioneers have never won a Semifinal game, but has a 7-6 record in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

• In 30 seasons of coaching, coach Tierney has compiled six NCAA Championships, eight NCAA Championship final appearances, 13 NCAA Semifinal appearances and 20 quarterfinal appearances. Coach Tierney is also 8-4 in NCAA Semifinal games.

MEDIA/LIVE STATS INFO

• The game will be televised live on ESPN2/WatchESPN.com.

• Eamon McAnaney will provide the play-by-play with Quint Kessenich providing the color commentary. Paul Carcaterra will provide the side-line details.

• Live stats, as well as a live audio feed of the game, will be available at DenverPioneers.com.


 

 

• Join the conversation on Twitter by using #DUGameDay and/or by following the live in-game tweeting via @DU_MLAX.

THE SERIES

• Duke holds a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series, winning the previous match-up held earlier this season at Duke (02/15/14). Previous to this season, both teams were deadlocked at 3-3 in the series with Denver having won the previous three meeting.

SCOUTING DUKE

• Duke is ranked No. 3 in the USILA Coaches’ and the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and No. 2 in the Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

• Duke has a 15-3 record on the season and is coming off a 19-11 win over Johns Hopkins in the Quarterfinals hosted at Delaware.

• The Blue Devils are on a three-game winning streak coming into the Saturday’s game.

• Jordan Wolf leads the team with 92 points off 59 goals and 33 assists, while Deemer Class has 60 points off 33 goals and 27 assists.

• Midfielder Myles Jones is third on the team with 57 points off 33 goals and 24 assists, while face-off specialist Brendan Fowler has won 273-of-459 face-offs.

• Goalie Luke Aaron has a 14-3 record between the pipes, posting a .518 save percentage and a 9.82 goals-against average.

• The Blue Devils are averaging 27.2 goals, 9.1 assists, 24.2 points and 41.9 shots per game.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

• Denver advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships with a 15-6 win over Drexel in the Quarterfinals hosted at Delaware Stadium this past weekend.

• Denver has won 13 straight games, sitting at 16-2 on the season.

• The win-streak is the Pioneers’ longest in program history, surpassing the previous mark of 12 straight set during the 2011 season.

• Denver is averaging 35.56 shots per game, 13.3 goals per game, 7.6 assists per game and 20.89 points per game.

• Junior Wesley Berg (Coquitlam, B.C.) leads the Pioneers with 63 points off 43 goals and 20 assists.

• Sophomore Jack Bobzien (Littleton, Colo.) is second on team with 60 points off 39 goals and 21 assists, while junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) leads the way with 44 goals.

• Senior Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) leads the Pioneers with 35 assists.

• Face-off specialist Chris Hampton (Bethesda, Md.) has a 53.2 face-off winning percentage and has a team-best 74 ground balls.

• Denver has the third-best scoring offense in the nation (13.28), the third-best scoring margin (5.17), the fourth-best points-per-game average (20.89) and the third-best shot percentage (.373).

• The Pioneers also have the best winning percentage (.889) in the nation and the fewest turnovers per game in the nation (11.44).

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES

• Since 2011, six teams have made it to all four NCAA Division I Lacrosse Tournaments. (Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Denver).

• Also, since 2011, eight teams have made it to Championship Weekend at least once.

• Duke – four appearances

• Denver – three appearances

• Maryland – three appearances

• Notre Dame – two appearances

• Virginia – one appearance

• Loyola – one appearance

• Syracuse – one appearance

• Cornell – one appearance