Denver’s 8-3 Saturday loss to Georgetown cost the Pioneers a home playoff game in the First Round of the NCAA playoffs. Denver (12-3, 5-0) was nearly guaranteed a home first round game if they would have won the Big EAST Championship title game. Denver was on the RPI bubble but strength of schedule, both out-of-conference and in-conference, further hurt their home field hopes. That, combined with DU’s league championship finals loss probably popped the home-field bubble in the minds of the selection committee.
Most Pioneer fans are less worried about the Pioneers going on the road to play Notre Dame (9-5, 1-3) and more concerned about consistency. Does DU has the necessary offensive firepower and goalkeeping this season to win two games in a row to advance to Memorial Day weekend. Notre Dame is certainly beatable this season but so is Denver – so expect this to be a tight contest.
The NCAA first Round match is scheduled for May 13th 12:15 pm MT in South bend, Indiana. Then, the winner is likely to face Albany, a team that has battled for the top spot all season.
The fill tournament bracket is shown below: