2017-18 Denver Hockey: Comprehensive freshman class profile

Photo credit: Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today

Summer is finally over and Fall is upon us once again. Rather than waking up to the bright, piercing sun, we’re waking up to cool, crisp mornings. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back and Major League Baseball playoff races are heating up (the Rockies are still in it!) and we’ve reached the final days of September. All of this means only one thing. College hockey is finally right around the corner. Continue reading 2017-18 Denver Hockey: Comprehensive freshman class profile

Will Omaha’s Trev Alberts leave for Nebraska AD Job?

Illustration: Can Trev Albert navigate his way back to his alma mater the University of Nebraska Lincoln?

Thursday afternoon, the University of Nebraska fired their Athletic Director, Shawn Eichorst, after consecutive poor starts to the football season and last weekend’s disappointing loss to Northern Illinois 21-17.

Eyes were immediately cast to Omaha where AD Trev Alberts pilots the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s program. Could Alberts be the next skipper of Big Red athletics? Continue reading Will Omaha’s Trev Alberts leave for Nebraska AD Job?

You have to laugh…at the Horizon League

Remember the Horizon League?

Yes, the conference that poached IUPUI from the Summit League on three days notice this past summer. The last-minute change on June 23rd hurt their fellow Summit League peers by damaging soccer, basketball, volleyball, and basketball programs that had already cemented their schedules for 2017-2018. It is typical that universities provide proper notice, of usually 1 year, before departing their conferences or pay a penalty – in this case $1 million.

Now, the Horizon League has sued both Valparaiso and their new conference – the Missouri Valley. As you may recall, Valparaiso exited the Horizon league in early May this past summer.

And the Horizon’s argument? Continue reading You have to laugh…at the Horizon League

Denver Men’s Hoops lands ‘Big Shot’ Jase Townsend

Photo: Courtesy of The Dallas News. Jase Townsend (#3) drives to the hoop.

September 9th through November 5th, 2017 is a designated recruiting period for NCAA basketball. Many high school seniors are making their college decisions during this period, ahead of their final season of high school basketball. And the University of Denver just got a big commitment. Continue reading Denver Men’s Hoops lands ‘Big Shot’ Jase Townsend

Pioneer Volleyball powers through challenging, emotional weekend

Photo: The Pioneers battle San Diego State in the finale of the Denver Invitational Tournament.  

DU volleyball had a solid weekend, winning two of three matches at the Denver Invitational. DU defeated Gonzaga (3-0) and UC Riverside (3-0) but fell in the Saturday nightcap 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 26-28) after battling back in the final game of the match but fell short (26-28). The Pioneers are now 9-3. Becca Latham and Kayla Principato were named to the All-Tournament Team. Continue reading Pioneer Volleyball powers through challenging, emotional weekend

Denver drops frustrating 1-0 decision at home to St. Mary’s

The sound of the referee’s whistle being blown approximately every five-to-ten minutes pulsed the atmosphere of CIBER Field as the University of Denver Pioneers hosted the Saint Mary’s College Gaels in a dramatic Sunday evening match. With six minutes remaining, Saint Mary’s Anders Engerbretsen cut past DU’s A.J. Fuller on the goal line and positioned his shot precisely in the upper left 90 corner to put the Gaels on the board first.

Denver (4-4-0,0-0-0 Summit League) controlled the majority of possession throughout the first half holding a 7-2 shot advantage over Saint Mary’s (2-3-2, 0-0-0 West Coast Conference).

Denver’s most promising chances came from Brazil native and junior forward Andre Shinyashiki and redshirt junior center back Scott DeVoss. Shinyashiki posted a lethal strike on frame in the 11th minute of the opening half, but the Saint Mary’s goalie got a hand on the shot.

DeVoss finished a lost ball from the six yard line off a scramble sequence that was later taken back due to an initial foul just ahead of the DeVoss’ chance.

The Gaels returned fired up in the second half whereas the Pioneer’s rhythm appeared disoriented; struggling to build up chances into the attacking third. Saint Mary’s doubled up their shot advantage over Denver 4-2.

The teams combined to commit 13 fouls in the opening half which escalated to 23 total fouls by the end of the match.

The match was played at a fast tempo, yet neither team could maintain a strong grasp of possession. Another loss for the Pioneers won’t demolish DU’s chances at finishing in the College Cup in Philadelphia as the in-conference portion of the season has yet to begin, but the Pioneers are desperately in need of a confidence boost they haven’t needed in past seasons.

For their next match, Denver will travel to St. Louis University to play St. Louis on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

Denver women’s soccer squanders great opportunity

Photo: Denver fell to CU Saturday night, 6-1, in front of 817 people at CIBER Field

DU women’s soccer fell victim to quick goals to open each half and a second half implosion to fall to the University of Colorado 6-1. The loss pulled Denver under .500 (3-4-1) and likely handed the visitors the Colorado Cup. The Colorado Cup scoring system awards 3 points for a win and a point for each goal scored. So, CU’s huge 9 point evening will most certainly hand state bragging rights to the Buffs.

The Pioneers went into the match without their number one keeper, Brittany Wilson, following a red card suspension from the prior match against Gonzaga for dangerous play – a horrendous call. Nonetheless, the Pioneers had little chance against the Buffs, giving up a whopping 15 shots, nine of which came in the second half when the roof caved in on the Pioneers. Denver allowed 5 goals in the second half in defeat.

Continue reading Denver women’s soccer squanders great opportunity

Chaotic restaurant scene jolts University Park

Photo: A new restaurant concept, Birdcall, will be opening on the northwest corner of Evans and Franklin. 

The restaurant business around DU is tough. With students absent 22 weeks per year, limited parking, changing tastes and lots of local competition, there are big changes going on around the University Park neighborhood.

There is always heavy turnover of restaurants in Denver with the intense competition but these changes are impacting local DU students who frequent these establishments and many who work part-time at these same businesses.

DailyCollegeLife.com put together a video of students commenting on the impact of the closings on the DU community.

But some help may be on the way…or maybe not.  Continue reading Chaotic restaurant scene jolts University Park

Pioneer women’s soccer faces critical match against in-state rival

Photo: Last match, DU women’s soccer dropped a heartbreaker to Gonzaga 2-1 at CIBER Field

Denver women’s soccer started the season strong, going 3-1-0 with three wins against Northern Colorado and then Air Force and Colorado State University in the Colorado Cup. The Denver program, which had started slowly after terrible nonconference starts over the past two years, was poised to have an outstanding year. The Summit League coaches even tabbed the squad as the Summit League favorite.

Then, the team went to 1-3-1 over their next five matches, scoring one goal in each of their three losses and two goals in the tie and dropped to a 3-3-1 record. Continue reading Pioneer women’s soccer faces critical match against in-state rival

Campus Lounge mystery uncovered

Photo: The Campus Lounge has been closed for over a year.

It was a year ago that we mourned the closing of the Campus Lounge and celebrated the retirement of its proprietor, Jim Wiste, a former DU hockey player. So many University of Denver sports memories have been shared there, especially for hockey, that its closure felt more like a funeral than a business closing. (And yes, there were a few wakes held there, too).

Fast forward one year – the Campus Lounge is still closed. What’s the story? Continue reading Campus Lounge mystery uncovered

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