Pioneers miss championship game with loss to Blue Devils

Another year of great lacrosse ends in a Final Four loss for the Pioneers.

Junior Wes Berg scored five goals for Denver, with sophomore Jack Bobzien adding three of his own, as the Pioneers fell to the Duke Blue Devils by a final score of 15-12 in the NCAA semifinals on Saturday. Blue Devils attack Kyle Keenan registered four goals, and Tewaaraton finalist Jordan Wolf added three of his own, to push Duke to their second-straight championship game appearance.

After falling behind in the first half, goals from Wes Berg and freshman Zach Miller helped the Pioneers get within one goal of Duke late in the third quarter. But three consecutive goals from the Blue Devils ended the Denver run and put the game out of reach.

"Unfortunately you lose a game, and as I told my players, you might think that we get tired of making end-of-the-year speeches after a semifinal loss, but I'll never get tired of those," said Denver head coach Bill Tierney. "They mean that you've lost a lacrosse game at the end of a wonderful journey, and I'm so, so proud of these guys, especially (Jeremy Noble), and it was a tough, tough game."

It is the Pioneers' third loss in the NCAA semifinals in the last four seasons. Denver will graduate eleven senior players from this year's team, but is expected to be ranked among the top teams at the start of next season.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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