Zach Miller leads Denver to win in Big East debut against Rutgers

By: Mike Chambers

Zach Miller. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
University of Denver freshman lacrosse player Zach Miller is a Native American  from Steamburg, New York. He was just selected Big East player of the week on  March 17, 2014.

Zach Miller was given substantial attention Saturday.

As the leading scorer for the University of Denver lacrosse team, visiting  Rutgers had a keen eye on the true freshman from the Seneca Nation of Indians in  New York.

Because of this weekend’s Denver March Powwow at the Denver Coliseum — and  the event organizer’s interest in Miller — the 19-year-old was the center of  attention at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

He didn’t disappoint in front of a snowed-over crowd that included his  mother, four siblings, the Medicine Heart Dancers and American Indian drummers  and singers. Miller tied for a team-high four points to help lead the Pioneers  to a 17-11 victory in their Big East Conference debut.

“I didn’t see the dancers (at halftime), but I knew they were going to be  here,” Miller said. “It means a lot, seeing that I have all the support behind  me, that people are really looking up to me — especially the native community.  Having my family out here is awesome, and we went to the Powwow (on Friday  night) to get a little taste of home.”

Freshman midfielder Tyler Pace (four goals), sophomore attack Jack Bobzien  (three goals) and senior middie Jeremy Noble (three assists) also had four-point  games in DU’s fourth consecutive victory.