David Carle seen as possible replacement should Jim Montgomery jump to NHL

Photo: Courtesy of TampaBay.com

The noise is growing louder.

Over the past couple of weeks, it’s been reported that DU head coach Jim Montgomery has interviewed with the New York Rangers for their vacant head coaching position. And, since Ken Hitchcock informed the Dallas Stars of his retirement, speculation about Montgomery’s fit in Texas has started to circulate. Continue reading David Carle seen as possible replacement should Jim Montgomery jump to NHL

Beast Baptiste set to be greatest four-year DU athlete of all time

Photo:Courtesy of US Lacrosse Magazine

The statistics and awards speak for themselves:

  • Selected as the first draft pick by Major League Lacrosse Boston Cannons last week.  Baptiste became the first DU player to receive that honor in the history of the league.
  • The first faceoff specialist (FOGO – Faceoff, get-off) to be nominated for the Tewaaraton Award for College Lacrosse best player.
  • Baptiste is second in NCAA Division I history in faceoff wins (1,093) and ground balls (602) – just 24 more wins off the NCAA record  He will own the record, barring injury, in the next game or two.
  • Baptiste has had double-digit faceoff wins in 63-of-64 games and 15 or more wins in 45 games.
  • Baptiste’s four-year run began when he set the NCAA record for single-season faceoff wins by a freshman (310) in 2015, helping lead the Pioneers to their first national title.
  • A three-time USILA First Team All-America selection
  • Baptiste is a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award – given to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across nine different sports.
  • Has won an astounding 77.5% of his faceoffs this season and while scoring six goals in Denver’s last six games to bring his career total to 28 goals to go along with 12 assists.
  • In this writer’s view, he is the odds-on favorite for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award

Continue reading Beast Baptiste set to be greatest four-year DU athlete of all time

DU Lacrosse Dumps Providence 13-6

Photo: Courtesy of Friars.com

The Pioneers played a workman-like first half, weathered a tepid comeback and went on to defeat the Providence Friars Saturday afternoon on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium. Providence fell to 5-9 overall (1-3 BIG EAST), while the Pioneers improved to 10-2 (4-0 BIG EAST). This sets up the inevitable showdown next weekend when the Pioneers play Marquette 6-6 (3-1 BIG EAST) for the Big East Regular Season Championship at Peter Barton Stadium.

For the contest, Denver out-shot the Friars 37-30 and won the ground ball battle 28-16. Trevor Baptiste was 17 of 22 (77.3%) from the X while Sean Penna went 1-1 for the Pioneers. Josh Matte got the win for DU with Alex Ready and David Windsor in late relief. Joe Reid led the Pioneers with a hat trick and Colton McCaffrey, Colton Jackson, Ethan Walker, and Ted Sullivan all had deuces for the day.  Continue reading DU Lacrosse Dumps Providence 13-6

Part Two: DU’s midfield transformation, the emergence of Teddy Sullivan and Joe Reid

Photo courtesy Denver Athletics

Some traditions are meant to be broken. For the University of Denver Pioneers, the established makeup of the midfield has been revised. Under assistant coach and offensive coordinator Matt Brown, the midfield lines were notoriously constructed with a traditional middie, a speedy dodger and a composed feeder. United, the trio is a dynamic and challenging unit to defend because of each player’s strengths that balance out and harmonize into a collective whole. Continue reading Part Two: DU’s midfield transformation, the emergence of Teddy Sullivan and Joe Reid

Startling Resemblance Stirs Up Stormy Past

Photo: CC player has a striking resemblance to the composite sketch

The Stormy Daniels story surfaced again this past week when she presented a composite sketch of a man who she states threatened her not to divulge her past liaison with President Donald Trump.

One has to wonder if there also may be a connection to Colorado College. As we reported, Miss Daniels was provided with a “CC Sucks” T-shirt to model in Houston in 2007. Surely, this raised the ire of Colorado College fans. See the picture below.

Stormy

And now, after careful research, we have identified a startling similarity between Colorado College junior hockey defenseman Andrew Farny and the man shown in the composite sketch. While we believe it is highly unlikely that Mr. Farny perpetrated the threat, he would have been 15 at the time of the incident, the similarity is certainly striking.

Newcomers Making a Big Impact in Denver’s Lineup, Part One: Defense

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New faces circulate in and out of the lineup on a regular basis throughout the beginning of a season. Once roles and chemistry become apparent, the positions evolve into concrete lineups that account for situational alternates. A system as intricate and detailed as the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse program’s can be intimidating to infiltrate, let alone thrive in. For some players, it comes naturally and immediately. For others, the transition requires adaptation, repetition and guidance to cultivate confidence. Continue reading Newcomers Making a Big Impact in Denver’s Lineup, Part One: Defense

Stunning signings could mean DU hoop dreams

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Yesterday, media sources across the nation released the news – Ronnie Harrell is transferring from Creighton University to the University of Denver as a graduate transfer. A local Denver high school player, the 6’7″ Harrell was playing 25 minutes per game for the Bluejays and averaged 7 points and 6 rebounds in the rugged Big East. Continue reading Stunning signings could mean DU hoop dreams

Behind the scenes upgrades keep DU in Division I arms race

Photo: Courtesy  University of Denver. This rendering shows DU hockey’s Miller Complex locker room when complete

The University of Denver is undergoing an athletic transformation that many fans may not see but are, nonetheless, critical to DU’s success now and in the future.

Of course, fans want to see the glitzy, visible additions like the new Denver Tennis Park and the upgraded Hamilton Gym with a new synthetic playing surface for volleyball that an anonymous donor purchased this past season.

But, there are a number of ‘behind the scenes’ improvements that are keys to recruiting and sustaining athletic excellence. And many of these are being supported by donors who have become an ever more critical part of DU athletics capital campaigns now and in the future. Continue reading Behind the scenes upgrades keep DU in Division I arms race

Chasing Monty

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As the NHL regular season wrapped up this past weekend, many of the teams that missed the playoffs began to make new plans to replace their coaches. In a league that is so dependent on attendance, luxury suites, and merchandise sales, a losing season nearly requires teams to consider a change in their head coaches.

Some teams are rewarded for their patience, such as the local Colorado Avalanche who turned their season around under a new coach, Jared Bednar, from a paltry 48 points last season to 95 points this season and a playoff berth. But again, like last season’s extended courtship with the Florida Panthers, expect DU head coach Jim Montgomery’s name to be thrown into a number of NHL candidate pools as teams lower the ax.  Continue reading Chasing Monty

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