May 2, 2010
DENVER - Denver built a 3-0 first quarter lead and never trailed, as the Pioneers earned their first-ever ECAC Championship with a 12-4 victory over Loyola University Maryland on Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field at Mile High.
The 16th-ranked Pioneers (11-4 overall, 6-0 ECAC) will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Loyola (9-3, 6-1).
"They played better team defense than us," Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "They played better than us in all aspects of the game."
Denver got on the board in the first two minutes, as Patrick Rogers converted on a bounce shot from the left side. After not allowing Loyola a shot until Cooper MacDonnell registered one at the 7:26 mark, the Pioneers scored again on a man-up opportunity as Charley Dickenson fed the ball from behind to Cameron Flint.
Mark Matthews made it a 3-0 Denver lead with 2:14 to go in the first quarter, off a Rogers assist.
Loyola, which entered the game ranked sixth, scored its first two goals in back-to-back fashion. Chris Basler worked the ball from `X' behind the goal and passed to MacDonnell who ripped a goal from 10 yards out with 10:19 to go before the half.
Taylor Ebsary then came hard down the left alley and scored with 8:35 to play, making it 3-2 in Denver's favor.
The Pioneers, however, scored the final two goals of the first half, both by Rogers, to make it a 5-2 lead at the half.
Denver scored again on an extra-man opportunity, as Alex Demopoulos scored on a Todd Baxter assist, with less than five minutes into the second half.
Denver went on to score the last four goals of the second quarter, and the first two of the fourth, to go ahead by nine, 12-3, with 6:38 to play in the game.
Matt Langan broke Denver's 6-0 run with a goal 4:21 before the end.
The Greyhounds return to action for their final game of the season when they host Johns Hopkins at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, May 8. The game starts at 12 p.m., and it will be televised nationally on ESPNU and locally in Baltimore on WMAR-TV/ABC-2.