Denver thumps Maryland, 10-5, wins first NCAA lacrosse national title

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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Denver became the first program outside of the Eastern time zone to win the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship Monday, rolling to a 10-5 win over the University of Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

It was a a milestone win for legendary coach Bill Tierney, who stunned the lacrosse world by coming to Denver in 2009 and had guided the program to Championship Weekend in three of the previous four seasons.

It was Tierney's record seventh national championship. He won six with Princeton before coming West to take over the Pioneers.

On Saturday, the fourth-seeded Pioneers beat top-ranked Notre Dame, 11-10 in overtime, to reach their first national title match.

Senior Wesley Berg scored five goals against the Terrapins and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He finished the season with a team-record 58 goals.

Zach Miller had one goal and two assists for Denver (17-2).

The Pioneers roared to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter as Berg scored the team's first three goals.

Denver led, 5-3, at halftime, then scored the first three goals of the second half and was on its way.

The team will hold a celebration at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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