Thriller in Big East

Thriller in Big East. A battle between two DI Lacrosse powerhouses pitted the  #6 Denver Pioneers (8-3, 7-1 Big East) who went to Washington DC to battle the # 10 Georgetown Hoyas (9-1, 8-1). Denver had never been defeated by the Hoyas and dropped this one in overtime, 11-10.

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Game Time Action

A defensive first quarter started with a 3-0 Denver advantage supplied by Ethan Walker (3g,1a) scoring at the 13:56 mark quickly followed thirty-four seconds later by Walker dishing to Alex Simmons (1g,1a) and Lucas Cotler (2g) and with 11:21 on the clock, Denver seemed in control. Zachary Geddes (1g) and Dylan Hess (1g,2a) cut it to a 3-2 deficit. With 1:04 to play, Malik Sparrow hit rope to increase it to 4-2.

The quarter would end with that score but Denver went back to work when Riley Curtis (1g) buried a Jackson Morrill (2a) pass on the advantage stretching it to 5-2. Dylan Watson (4g)scored two goals six minutes apart with Jack Hannah (2g) countering for the Pios to close the half at 6-4 leaning the Denver way. Alex Mazzone (1g) cut into the lead but Ethan Walker and Graham Bundy Jr. (1g,1a) got it to 7-6.

Cotler and Watson traded goals as did Jack Hannah and Declan McDermott (2g) to take it to the 4th quarter with a 9-8 score.
The last quarter only yielded three tallies started with Dylan Watson to even things at 9-9. Jake Carraway (1g) gave the Hoyas a 10-9 lead with just 5:11 to go.

Walker got the equalizer at the 2:38 mark after which neither team could muster a goal. On to Overtime, the warriors went. With 1:08 to go, Bundy Jr. set up McDermott for the game-winner and the upset, 11-10. TD Ierlan was less than spectacular from the “X” with a 4 for 12 day. James Reilly for the Hoyas was outstanding posting 16 of 24. Jack Thompson made 15 saves for the Pios and Owen McElroy stopped 14 for the Hoyas.

How even was this game? Shots on goal were 26-24 for Georgetown with turnovers having Denver with 14 to the Hoyas 13.
Ground balls were 30-27 for Denver. Thriller in Big East.

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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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