|Denver breaks during its 17-9 win on Saturday (photo / T. Flynn)|
Georgetown - The Denver Pioneers came to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and affirmed once again that Western talent has long since caught up to top lacrosse talent in the East. Especially when integrated with a healthy dose of gifted Canadian stick-handlers.
Bill Tierney's offense gradually dismantled a Georgetown team that narrowly missed defeating Loyola just ten days earlier. Junior Wesley Berg led the scoring, tallying six goals and adding three assists to lead Denver to the 17-9 victory. The Pioneers did most of their scoring from half-field sets, patiently working the perimeter of the Georgetown defensive zone in search of a Hoya lapse. Berg, a British Columbia native, seemingly created his own seams, often driving in from less than 20 yards out untouched toward the crease.
For much of the game Berg was an unsolved riddle for the Hoyas' defense. "Georgetown is a hungry team and really made it difficult for us in the beginning," Tierney told Inside Lacrosse after the game. "Credit goes to Wesley Berg for stepping up when we needed him to and for our entire team in filling in where we had some holes."
|Georgetown struggled against Denver's half-field set (photo / T. Flynn)|
Denver (8-2) returns east to Villanova to face the Wildcats (4-5) on Friday.