March 1, 2009
Denver, CO - Alex Demopoulos scored four goals to spark a 10-1 run spanning two halves which helped Denver break open a close game and go on to a 15-8 win over Sacred Heart in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon in Denver. Three different SHU players had two goals in the loss.
Denver opened the scoring early at the 12:03 mark when sophomore Todd Baxter found the net after a quick pass from Dickenson. Sacred Heart responded with three unanswered goals, two from senior Bobby Rushton, to finish the period with a 3-1 lead.
Sacred Heart junior Evan Morgan scored an unassisted goal just 2:18 into the second period to open the scoring. However, the Pioneers answered right back with an unassisted strike from junior defenseman Dillon Roy just 15 seconds later.
Denver's offense came alive during the rest of the second period, fueled by two unassisted scores from senior Cliff Smith (Surrey, B.C.) and two goals from Demopoulos. Denver outscored Sacred Heart 7-2 in the second period to take an 8-5 lead at the half.
Demopoulos continued to dominate the Sacred Heart defense as he scored his third goal of the game just 48 seconds into the third period, and then netted his fourth of the day off an assist from Dickenson with 12:36 remaining. Baxter added his second of the game with 11:24 remaining as he threaded a shot through the Sacred Heart defense on a pass from freshman Mark Matthews.
Jon Flood and Timmy Katz added the final two goals of the period for Sacred Heart to cut the deficit to four. However, the Pioneers responded with a goal from Gajic that was assisted by Demopoulos to put the Pioneers up 12-7 after three periods of play. Denver outscored Sacred Heart 3-1 in the fourth period to close out the victory.
Sacred Heart will take on Air Force Sunday in Denver. Game time is set for 1:00 pm EST.