SAN FRANCISCO – The University of Denver men’s team fell 19-14 to Harvard University in the Third San Francisco Fall Classic at Kezar Stadium on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, Calif.
Freshman Eric Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led the Pioneers with three goals off seven shots in his collegiate debut, while senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario), sophomore Paul Danko (Towson, Md.), senior Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) and freshman Garret Holst (Fishers, Ind.) all added two goals apiece.
Also contributing was junior Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.) who scored his first goal after suffering a season-ending knee injury early last season.
Sophomore Jeremy Noble (Orangeville, Ontario) and junior Chase Calkin (Englewood, Colo.) tallied four ground balls each, while senior Cal Kennedy (Concord, Mass.) and freshman Nick Gorman (Olney, Md.) caused two turnovers.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) finished with six saves in 30 minutes of action, while senior goalkeeper Troy Orzech (Franktown, Colo.) posted four saves.
Daniel Epp and Ryan Stevens led the Crimson with three goals each, while goalkeeper Harry Krieger made four saves in 45:18 minutes of action.
Denver jumped out to an early 3-1 lead with 3:11 remaining in the first quarter as Matthews, Rogers and Flint all scored. However, the Crimson roared back with eight consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.
Matthews and Flint scored again to start the third quarter to bring the Pioneers to within four goals, however the Crimson scored six straight goals to take a 15-5 lead with 5:38 left in the game. Rogers and Scott scored in the final minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to 15-7.
To start the fourth quarter, Denver began to integrate its newest additions to the team as freshmen Mike Riis (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Teddy MacKenzie (Livingston, Mont.) got time at the face-off x for the Pioneers. After Adamson’s goal to start the fourth quarter, Harvard scored four straight goals to take a 19-8 lead.
With 2:32 remaining in the fourth quarter, Holst scored to start the Pioneers six-goal run that lasted till the final seconds of the game.
Next up, the Pioneers host the Denver Outlaws in the Third Annual Colorado Lacrosse Showcase at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale at DenverPioneers.com.