A furious second-half rally wasn’t enough to save the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team’s season Sunday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
DU’s first NCAA tournament trip in three years was cut short with a 14-13 first-round loss to Loyola Maryland that ended with a frantic final three minutes that saw the Pioneers unable to score an equalizer.
Senior Jack Hannah and graduate transfer Jackson Morrill scored three goals apiece for the seventh-ranked Pios, and junior Alex Simmons added three assists. But it wasn’t enough to overcome LMU senior Aidan Olmstead’s five-goal game and the 9-4 first-half deficit he helped create.
Olmstead scored three of LMU’s seven second-period goals to take the five-score edge into halftime.
DU netted three straight to begin the third period, including one of Hannah’s three on the day, to draw within two at 9-7. Morrill’s third goal whittled the Greyhounds’ lead to 11-10 with 27 seconds left in the third — one of three times DU got within a goal of tying LMU in the second half.
After Hannah’s final goal drew the Pios within one at 14-13 with three minutes to go, DU ripped off five shots without scoring. The last shot, off the stick of Simmons with four seconds left, was denied by LMU goaltender Sam Shafer — his 16th save of the game.
DU finished the season 12-5 after making its 12th NCAA tournament trip and 10th under head coach Bill Tierney.
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