#3 seed Stanford used their size and skill to defeat Denver Friday night in Palo Alto, California, 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, and 25-15). And, DU was not the only program getting swept in the first round – none of the 16 seeded teams lost a single game in the first round.
While social media and fans from Denver and Arizona State battled during the week, it was ultimately Arizona State hockey players who defeated the Denver Pioneers on the ice at tiny Oceanside Arena Friday night. It was the Sun Devils forward Johnny Walker with the first two goals. DU’s Jaakko Heikkinen scored in the third period to pull within one goal, 2-1. A penalty on Lliam Finlay with three minutes left in the third period led to a Sun Devils power play goal when a Jack Judson blast caromed off teammate Johnny Walker, past DU goalie Magnus Chrona, and into the net for the ASU’s third goal – which all but sealed the game. The Sun Devils Brett Gruber hammered home the fourth and final dagger on an empty net goal to finish off the Pioneers in the waning seconds. Continue reading ASU Gets the Last Laugh in 4-1 Win→
Welcome back Pioneer fans! We hope everybody had a great thanksgiving with their families this past week. Your pumpkin pie probably tasted much sweeter after Denver defeated Western Michigan 6-1, earning their ninth win of the season. After some time off to recollect, the No. 4 Pioneers hit the road again and will play No. 20 Arizona State for the first time on the Sun Devils home ice. And if the competition is anything like the social media battle that led up to this weekend, we should expect a high-intensity series.
Photo:Courtesy of Jason Evans. DU’s Taelyr Gatlin drives on Jackson State’s Jayveouus McKinnis
The Denver Pioneers (4-5, 0-0) returned to Magness Arena Tuesday night to play the Jackson State Tigers (1-8, 0-0). DU overcame 27 turnovers resulting in 28 points for Jackson State. Denver countered the miscues with 54.3% shooting from the field and 46.2% from downtown (6-13) to cement the win. Jackson state shot a miserable 39.4% from the field and were as ice cold as the air temperature in Magness Arena on 2-24 shooting from beyond the arc. Continue reading Denver Overcomes Turnovers and Jackson State in 67-58 Win→
This Friday, Denver (23-8, 13-3) will face the third-seeded defending national champion Stanford Cardinal (24-4, 18-2 PAC-12) at the Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Stanford’s senior class is gunning for its fourth-straight Final Four appearance and third National Championship. It’s a tough draw for Denver, to say the least. Continue reading Denver Volleyball to Face Defending National Champion in NCAA First Round→
With Denver volleyball (23-8) already in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday afternoon’s contest was a ‘tune-up’ for the Pioneers’ and an important seeding opportunity for CSU. But, to add to the intrigue, #11 Colorado State (29-1) has qualified for the NCAA Tournament as well. The NCAA often schedules regional games in the first round of the playoffs to reduce travel costs so the Rams and Pioneers may well meet again in less than a week. Continue reading DU Battles CSU to Fifth Set before falling, 3-2, at Magness Arena Tune-up→
Photo: Courtesy of USA Today. Stephen F. Austin shocks #1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last week
Every season we see it – the big upset. #1 Duke upset by Stephen F. Austin, Kentucky falls to Evansville, and the University of Kansas taken into overtime by Dayton. But the reality is that most of the games are essentially predetermined before the tip-off. This is especially true if you are a lower mid-major program, like DU, taking on a Power-5 program or playing a ‘near Power 5’ program from the Big East, Atlantic 10, or American Conference. Continue reading Non-Conference Play has not been Kind to DU or the Summit League→