It was #15 Denver (15-1, 11-0) over UConn (12-6, 7-4) for the BIG EAST Tournament Championship and NCAA autobid. The Pioneers, winners of the BIG EAST regular-season title, used streaky goal scoring and strong defense to cap their conference title win at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. The BIG EAST Tournament title win is Denver’s first after three consecutive runner-up finishes. Continue reading Denver Smothers UConn to Win BIG EAST Title Game, 13-7
The top-seed Denver Pioneers opened the first BIG EAST semifinal of the day with a 7-0 run over the first 18 minutes of the game and never trailed as they dominated the fourth-seeded host Providence Friars 14-5. Jackson Morrill and Ethan Walker led the way for the Pios with 7 points each – Morrill scored three times while Walker scored four. With the victory, the Pioneers advance to another BIG EAST championship game and will face the winner of the second BIG EAST semifinal of the day between #2-seed Georgetown and #3-seed Villanova. Continue reading Pioneers Lead Wire to Wire, Dispatch Providence 14-5 to Advance to BIG EAST Championship
#1 Denver women’s lacrosse (14-1, 11-0) faced #4 Villanova (6-11, 4-7) in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament semifinal at Georgetown’s Cooper Field. The teams played a tight first 20 minutes but a 4-0 run gave Denver a 3-goal lead, 7-4. Eliza Radochonski’s three goals helped Denver build a first-half lead. Julia Gilbert bracketed Radochonski’s first-half effort with the first goal of the half to open the scoring and two of Denver’s final three goals. Gilbert’s final goal, two players up, gave Denver an 8-5 lead at the break. Brittany Bruno had three first-half tallies for the Wildcats.
A non-conference women’s lacrosse match started the three-day weekend with a victory and local bragging rights. DU women’s lacrosse (13-1, 10-0) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes at Peter Barton Stadium, 10-7, to avenge their only loss of the season. This may be head coach Liza Kelly’s best team in her 15 seasons at DU. Next up for the red hot squad is the BIG EAST Tournament in Washington D.C. and a semifinal match-up against Villanova Thursday at 2:30 pm MT. The championship is Saturday at 10:00 am MT. Continue reading Weekend Recap: Denver Begins NCAA Tournament Push in Six Sports
Perhaps it was appropriate that DU wore black uniforms to end its 2021 season on a funereal note, as the Pioneers learned first hand that there is a reason that the University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won more than half of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships ever awarded (21 of the 38!).
That reason is talent. Continue reading North Carolina Ends Denver Women’s Soccer Season, 2-0 in NCAA Second Round
The Denver men’s basketball roster continues to churn, almost daily.
Denver recently added new point guard Jordan Johnson (11.7 pts, 43.6% FG), a JUCO transfer from Hinds Community College. We reported on the additions of forward Mikey Henn (Portland) and shooting guards Payton Moore (Rice) and Kevin Hunt, Jr. (Moorehead State). Denver also added guard freshman Coban Porter, younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. Current DU point guard Tealyr Gatlin withdrew his name from the transfer portal and will remain on the roster. Continue reading More Denver Men’s Basketball Players Hit the Transfer Portal
Denver (11-3, 9-1) traveled to Villanova, PA to face the third-place BIG EAST Villanova Wildcats Wednesday. The Pioneers earned a hard-fought 11-10 overtime victory. The win assured Denver the regular-season conference title tiebreaker, margin of victory, against Georgetown (10-1, 9-1). Denver is now the #1 seed for the BIG EAST Tournament. Continue reading Denver Clinches Big East Title with Overtime Win at Villanova, 11-10
In first-round NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament action, Denver (17-2-1, 14-1-1) women’s soccer defeated Loyola Chicago (8-2-1, 6-1-1) in Matthews, NC. It was an opportunistic Denver team that capitalized on scoring opportunities after falling behind early. Continue reading Denver Defeats Loyola Chicago, 3-1, in NCAA First Round Tournament Match
This past weekend, DU Women’s Lacrosse (12-1, 10-0) celebrated senior day and swept Villanova 18-10 and 19-9 to complete an undefeated BIG EAST regular season 10-0. The Pioneers will advance to the conference tournament as the #1 seed. But before then, they will have the opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season this Thursday at Peter Barton Stadium against the CU Buffs in non-conference play. Continue reading Weekend Update: Pioneers Continue Winning Ways
It was Senior Day at Peter Barton Stadium Saturday. Denver (10-3, 8-1) faced the St. John’s (1-9, 0-9) Red Storm in a BIG EAST match-up. Denver scored at a goal-a-minute pace the first 8 minutes, allowing no goals en route to a 15-0 lead, and then coasting to the 19-11 win behind reserve players. The Pioneers needed the win to keep pace with Georgetown (10-1, 9-1), whose league season is now complete. Continue reading Pioneers Throttle St John’s, 19-11