Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

The No. 6 Pioneers rebounded last weekend with a pair of wins against the Miami University RedHawks.  Denver’s offense exploded for 14 goals while the tandem of Magnus Chrona and Devin Cooley gave up three goals on 45 shots all weekend.  While Cole Guttman and Ian Mitchell received forward and defenseman of the week honors from the NCHC, it was Tyler Ward to stood out, netting a hat trick in Friday’s game and adding a couple more assists in Saturday’s game.  After Saturday’s game, head coach David Carle said the Pioneers were doing the right things they needed to do to win, and they kept their foot on the gas.  Now, Denver battles St. Cloud State with the fourth and final home-ice berth on the line. Denver sits in fourth, one point behind Western Michigan for third-place and four points ahead of SCSU.

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Registration is Open For Alumni Weekend & Chancellor Inauguration May 14-16

MLS champion Nat Borchers will be one of DU’s many stars recognized Alumni Weekend

In early January, we announced DU’s Athletic  Hall of Fame Class induction ceremony set for Alumni Weekend on Saturday, May 16th. Joining  Pioneer legend George Gwozdecky in DU’s Athletics Hall of Fame are outstanding honorees Bill Dorn (Lifetime Achievement), Paul Sanford ’83 (Men’s Swimming and Diving), Dick Peth (Men’s Basketball Coach in the 1980s and 90s), Lizbeth Johnsen ’96 (Skiing), Kristie Leggio ’08 (Women’s Lacrosse), Stephanie Sherlock ’10 (Women’s Golf), Geoff Snider ’06 (Men’s Lacrosse), Jamie Norwood ’04 (Women’s Soccer), Nat Borchers ’04 (Men’s Soccer), the 2008-09 Women’s Golf Team and the 1955-57 Ski Teams. Continue reading Registration is Open For Alumni Weekend & Chancellor Inauguration May 14-16

Bonnie Brae’s Saucy Noodle Next on the Chopping Block

It looks like another Bonnie Brae family fixture, The Saucy Noodle Ristorante, is facing the wrecking ball. We wrote about their neighbor across the street, Bonnie Brae Tavern, facing the same fate with development plans to shutter and construct a 3-story building with 43 condos on the top two floors, ranging from 650 to 1,940 square feet, and four 400-square-foot retail units on the first floor.

Now, the tennants of the Saucy Noodle Restorante are facing the same fate. Continue reading Bonnie Brae’s Saucy Noodle Next on the Chopping Block

Wagering on Denver Athletics? You Bet

With legal sports wagering set to launch in Colorado on  May 1st, collegiate athletics will be on the Colorado menu of state-regulated gambling options.

While it is logical to assume that CU and CSU football and basketball will be on the list, Pioneers hoops likely will join them as well. As for other collegiate sports, ultimately it is up to the Director of the Colorado Gaming Commission to formally approve submitted requests by gaming companies to add sports and prop bets (in-game bets). So, it is unclear at this point if the options will include soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey or other sports offered by the University of Denver. Usually, public interest (action) drives the decision for gaming companies to offer betting odds on a sport or event.

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DU’s Anna Zanusso ties all-time NCAA Record for low round in golf, firing 61!

In one of the greatest individual performances by a DU athlete in the history of the university in any sport, DU freshman women’s golfer Anna Zanusso fired an NCAA record-tying 61 for a low round at the Westbrook invitational tournament in Peoria, Ariz. on Sunday, Feb. 23.

“Anna [Zanusso] was incredible today,” said DU coach Lindsay Kuhle. “She hit 18/18 greens today and made 11 birdies all of which were within 15 feet of the hole. Shooting a program and NCAA record is remarkable. I can’t even begin to explain what it was like to see 61. She was in the zone, confident and in control. Her routine was very deliberate and purposeful. I couldn’t be more proud of Z to own this record.
I see this record today standing in program history for many many years to come.”

The final putt for the record is here:

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Denver Uses Relentless Defense in 10-6 Win Over Cleveland State

Photo: Courtesy Jason Evans

Denver (3-1) used a smothering defense and forced turnovers (24) to down the Cleveland State Vikings 10-6 at the 2020 Faceoff Classic at Peter Barton Stadium. Denver had a narrow 5-4 halftime lead but broke open the game with timely goals and sustained defensive pressure to pull away to a 10-6 final score. Continue reading Denver Uses Relentless Defense in 10-6 Win Over Cleveland State

Pioneer Men’s Lacrosse Destroys Winless St. Bonaventure, 16-3 in Face-Off Classic

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Denver’s Johnny Marrocco (#22) attacks the St. Bonaventure cage during DU’s 16-3 thumping of SBU in Denver on Saturday.  Photo: Jason Evans for LetsGoDU.

What a difference a week makes at Barton Stadium. 

Last Saturday, the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with a storied Duke program, losing 15-13.

This Saturday, before another sellout crowd of 2,000+ at Barton Stadium, Denver faced the St. Bonaventure Bonnies from New York State, representing the polar opposite side of the D-I college lacrosse spectrum — a second-year program that has yet to win a single D-I lacrosse game. The #13th-ranked Pioneers made sure it stayed that way, cruising to a 16-3 beat-down of the Bonnies behind the balanced scoring of 13 players at DU’s Barton Stadium on Feb. 22 in the annual Face-Off Classic.

The Pios, wearing black uniforms, jumped out to 5-1 lead in the first period, extended it to 10-1 at halftime, and throttled back a bit in the second half with a big lead, dominating the face-off X, winning 20 out of 23 face-offs  — Alec Stathakis’ won 14 of 16, while John Boos won 6 of 7 for Denver.  The Bonnies tried four different players at X to stop Stathakis and Boos, but could only win 3 of 23 faceoffs on the day. DU also won the ground ball battle, 39-19.

Freshman attackman J.J. Sillstrop led the way for the Pioneers with a 3-goal hat trick (the second such feat for the Californian in his three college games so far), Drew Erickson added two goals for DU and the Pioneers got single-goal scoring from 10 other players. The Pioneers were able to play much of the roster in the rout, with three different DU goalies getting playing time in the contest. DU played mostly reserve players in the entire fourth quarter en-route to the win.

And it certainly could have been a lot worse for the Bonnies, were it not for the heroics of SBU goalie Brett Dobson, who had an outstanding 18 saves in the contest on 34 DU shots on goal. SBU could only manage two shots on goal in the first half against DU’s best players, and finished with just eight total shots on the afternoon. Matthew DeGirolamo had two of SBU’s three markers to pace the Bonnies.

Denver moved to 2-1 on the young season. The Bonnies, who went 0-13 last year as a brand new lacrosse program, and were 0-2 coming into Denver’s Face Off Classic, fell to 0-3 this year and remain looking for the program’s first victory.

The Pios will next face the Cleveland State Vikings tomorrow (Sunday) at 4:30 PM MT in the finale of the Face-Off Classic.

Ward hat trick, Guttman’s 4 points power Pioneers past RedHawks to end losing streak

DENVER – All hat tricks are memorable. At the collegiate level, in the NCHC, netting three goals in a game against any opposition is an impressive feat by itself. Tyler Ward’s first career hat trick, though, transcended the ‘mundane’ nature of other hat tricks as he netted all three of his goals within the first 19 minutes of the #7 Denver Pioneers’ (18-8-5, 8-7-4-3, 31 pts) 7-3 victory over the unranked, 7th-place Miami University RedHawks (6-18-5, 3-13-3-2, 14 pts) at Magness Arena. Ward’s first-period effort and Cole Guttman’s subsequent four-point night gave Denver the jump they needed race past the RedHawks to increase its lead over fifth-place St. Cloud State to four points and keep pace with third-place Western Michigan in the NCHC standings. Continue reading Ward hat trick, Guttman’s 4 points power Pioneers past RedHawks to end losing streak

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