Christian Burgdorf, Denver’s enigmatic captain, leading Pioneers back among lacrosse’s elite

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Christian Burgdorf rose to the occasion. The University of Denver men’s lacrosse dominant defenseman displayed resilience when the team needed leadership and strength to come back from the shock of losing to Towson in the First Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as reigning national champions. Continue reading Christian Burgdorf, Denver’s enigmatic captain, leading Pioneers back among lacrosse’s elite

DU alums spring JoJo the War Drummer on Boston

DU Alumni are sending a Denver lacrosse icon to Boston. JoJo the War Drummer will be in attendance for Saturday and Monday’s NCAA Lacrosse National Championships pulling for the Pioneers. JoJo has been featured in the film, Soul of Silas (as Chief Black Kettle), and is known as the spiritual mascot of the Denver Outlaws of MLL, starting in 2007. Continue reading DU alums spring JoJo the War Drummer on Boston

From player to coach to teacher, John Orsen has come full circle

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Denver men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Tierney watched John Orsen develop as a college athlete, professional, and coach, all the while keeping a close eye. When the opportunity presented itself, Coach Tierney got Orsen on the phone and offered him a position as the University of Denver Pioneers’ defensive coordinator in September 2014. Continue reading From player to coach to teacher, John Orsen has come full circle

Bill Tierney & Matt Brown: Success bred from opposition

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As a coach, establishing a rapport that is effective, trusting, innovative and compelling for players and other staff members is not a simple feat by any means. It takes chemistry and experience to even qualify for such position. Legendary men’s lacrosse coach Bill Tierney and Matt Brown were on opposite ends of the coaching spectrum when their paths collided at the University of Denver in June 2010. Canadian-born Brown was entering his third year on Denver’s sideline, while New York-native Tierney was in his 28th year of coaching. Continue reading Bill Tierney & Matt Brown: Success bred from opposition

One Day for DU – Why We are Supporting Athletic Excellence

DU’s once per year  “One Day for DU” crowd funding project takes place this Wednesday, May 24th. This is our chance to support any number of DU initiatives.

You can direct your DU donations to any of a number of worthy areas. Contributions can be made directly at the One Day for DU website, and there are ten crowdfunding projects. One area that we strongly support at LetsGoDU is Intercollegiate Athletics.

If you can’t think of one, here are the six reasons why we think this is a great choice: Continue reading One Day for DU – Why We are Supporting Athletic Excellence

Details for Boston Lax Championship Emerge

DU’s incredible 2016-2017 run in athletics continues with lacrosse.

After throttling Notre Dame, 16-4, the Pioneers advance to the NCAA lacrosse semifinals against #1 seed Maryland on Saturday at 12:30 pm MT @ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The winner will advance on Monday, May 29th to face the winner of the Towson – Ohio State game @ 11:00 MT. The game also features a showdown between Tewaaraton Award favorites Trevor Baptist and Matt Rambo.  Continue reading Details for Boston Lax Championship Emerge

Pioneers reach fifth Championship Weekend in seven years with delightfully boring Quarterfinal victory

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With a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA Quarterfinal round, the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team has earned its fourth trip to Championship Weekend in the last five years. Trevor Baptiste won 21-of-22 faceoffs (no, that’s not a typo) and the Pioneers simply imposed their will on the Irish today. Continue reading Pioneers reach fifth Championship Weekend in seven years with delightfully boring Quarterfinal victory

Alphabet soup in northeast Indiana

Denver’s Summit League foe, IPFW, is going through a divorce. IPFW  stood for Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. The campus was jointly operated and administered by Indiana University and Purdue University. After considering a variety of new names to include Purdue University Northeast (PUNE), Fort Wayne University and, more confusing yet, Summit University, they eventually landed on Purdue University Fort Wayne (PUFW). Continue reading Alphabet soup in northeast Indiana

The University of Denver announces $140 million in campus capital projects

Photo: DU’s student Driscoll Center, constructed in the mid-eighties, will be redesigned to better accommodate current student needs.

As part of DU’s Impact 2025 strategic plan, the University will invest $140 million dollars over the next three years on campus capital projects according to the recently released Building for the Future. As we mentioned before, the University is focusing on designing and building community spaces on campus to drive the community to the University of Denver campus and keep students on campus.  Continue reading The University of Denver announces $140 million in campus capital projects

Listen up men, women’s lax has it right with a 90-second shot clock

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Men’s college lacrosse needs to move into the modern age if it wants to gain even more universal appeal. To this writer, that means adding a shot clock.

How many times this season did we see Denver or its opponents take the air out of the ball to protect a lead at the end of tight games? Then, watch smart coaches on both sides call time-outs when the 30-second shot clock was about to be called and get a fresh start to stall even more.

B-O-R-I-N-G.   Continue reading Listen up men, women’s lax has it right with a 90-second shot clock

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