Both announcements came with suspense. Would DU women’s lacrosse (14-4, 7-2), squarely on the bubble, make it into the NCAA playoffs after losing to #2 Florida, 18-12 in the BIG EAST Tournament finals? Would DU men’s lacrosse (11-3, 5-0) earn a first round NCAA playoff game at home at Peter Barton Stadium after a disappointing semifinal BIG EAST exit (Final 11-8) to Marquette for the second year in a row?
DU Men’s Lacrosse
DU men were awarded a #5 seed for the NCAA tournament with a first round game at Peter Barton Stadium against Air Force (12-5). The game is scheduled for Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 pm. On the other side of the bracket, #4 Notre Dame will host Marquette. The winners play at Hempstead, LI for a chance to make it to Memorial Weekend. Overall, Denver received a great draw and a bracket that gives the Pioneers a solid chance to make it to Gillette Stadium May 27th – 29th.
Top 8 Seeds
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Johns Hopkins
- Penn State
DU Women’s Lacrosse
The suspense ended for the women Sunday night when they were not named in the women’s lacrosse selection show. The loss to #3 seed Florida hurt but the loss near the end of the regular season to unranked Georgetown was likely the dagger that doomed the crimson and gold.
But the future looks very bright for Denver women’s lacrosse with an outstanding first year in the Big East (7-2). They signaled that they are a force to be reckoned with in the future with a treasure trove of new recruits coming to Liza Kelly’s squad and a solid core of returning underclassmen.
DU women’s lacrosse have two targets that they must jump over to take the next step. The University of Colorado have emerged as a regional and national power and had the best of Denver the last several years. Also, the University of Florida who, essentially, knocked Denver out the last two years, in NCAA tournament play and in league play, are the elite lacrosse power in the BIG EAST and Denver must up the level of their play to compete for a conference crown and automatic berth.