DENVER (AP) — Wesley Berg scored four of his eight goals in the second period, leading Denver University to a 19-14 victory over Albany in the first round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament Saturday night.
Eric Law and Cameron Flint added four goals for Denver (13-4) in only the second NCAA tournament game played west of the Mississippi.
Sean Cannizzaro scored twice for the Pioneers, who made their sixth NCAA appearance and fourth consecutive trip to the postseason under veteran coach Bill Tierney.
The Pioneers reached the Final Four in 2011 and the quarterfinals a year ago.
“If you had told me someone would score eight goals for us, I thought it would be Eric Law,” Denver coach Bill Tierney said. “This is a team that makes runs and I knew we were going to score a lot.”
Lyle Thompson led Albany (13-5) with four goals, and Ty Thompson had three goals for the champions of the America East conference.
“A lot of (Berg’s) came in close,” Albany coach Scott Marr said. “We weren’t able to defend inside.
Albany took a 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by Lyle Thompson, Mike Woods and Ty Thompson. Berg and Law closed the period with goals for the Pioneers.
Tim Cox gave Albany its last lead at 2:47 of the second period. Berg answered with goals 13 seconds apart as Denver scored six of the last eight goals of the second quarter and took a 9-6 lead into intermission.
The Pioneers had won both previous meetings with Albany. Denver will play North Carolina in the second round in Indianapolis.
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