Photo: Courtesy of Marquette Athletics
#12 Denver men’s (9-4, 4-1) and #15 women’s lacrosse (12-2, 4-0) completed a rare regular season Championship sweep on the same day Friday. Both teams earned their regular season titles in different ways.
The women earned a convincing 14-8 win against the Villanova Wildcats. DU ran out to a 7-3 lead in the first half and coasted to victory. DU’s Quintin Hoch-Bullen and Eliza Radochonski led the Pioneers with three goals each against the Wildcats en route to the crown.
With the win, Denver women’s lacrosse become the 2019 BIG EAST Regular Season Champions for the first time in program history.
The men crafted a come-from-behind victory at Marquette after falling behind 5-1 in the first quarter. However, four goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters gave Denver a 1-point lead and they held on thru the final scoreless quarter to win 9-8. Denver used a pair of goals from Austin French, Teddy Sullivan and Ethan Walker in securing the road win at Marquette.
Villanova plays Providence tomorrow afternoon and, with a win, has a chance to tie Denver with a 4-1 BIG EAST record and earn a co-championship. However, with a win, the Wildcats would host next season’s BIG EAST Tournament at home based on an earlier win this season against Denver. If Villanova falls, DU would win the title outright and host again next season. This is Denver’s sixth straight BIG EAST championship.
Denver men host the BIG EAST Tournament starting this Thursday, May 2nd and Saturday the 4th at Peter Barton Stadium. DU women’s lacrosse will travel to Milwaukee to defend their newly earned regular season title the same dates.