DU Athletics moved forward at a frenetic pace this past weekend with ten teams taking to the fields, courts and slopes. COVID-19 has compressed several fall and winter sports into the spring season and, with the exception of hockey, most of Denver’s athletic department was in action. Here are the weekend highlights:
Readers will be glad to know that DU men’s soccer returned to their home white kits Saturday afternoon and boosted their conference record to 2-0 with a physical 2-1 win over Western Illinois which ended with a total of 39 called fouls in the game.
DU women’s soccer advanced to 4-0 in the conference with a home sweep of Oral Roberts at the Diane Wendt Sports Fields. Denver appears to have a very strong side this season, especially on the offensive end. In the 3-0 and 4-1 wins, they outpaced ORU’s shots-on-goal 20-2.
Denver men’s lacrosse (3-2, 1-0) defeated Marquette 10-9 in Milwaukee to open their BIG EAST schedule. Four goals by midfielder Alex Simmons and a 6-0 run by the Pioneers highlighted the road win. Women’s lacrosse opens up next weekend.
— Denver Men’s Lacrosse (@DU_MLAX) February 20, 2021
Denver men’s basketball (2-17, 1-11) got swept in Kansas City against the Roos by scores of 68-57 and 80-69. Both games were tight at the halftime break. In the first game. the game was tied at the half and in the second contest, Denver trailed by one point – but DU faded in the final 20 minutes of both games. Denver’s only hope for a Summit League Tournament berth is a sweep of Omaha at home in the final conference games of the regular season. Denver is giving up nearly 80 points-per-game and turning the ball over at 15 times per game.
Women’s hoops (6-14, 4-8) split in KC, winning 63-55 and losing 85-69. DU sits in seventh place with a slot secured in the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls.
Denver Volleyball played Western Illinois in a match played Sunday evening at Hamilton Gym and secured a 3-0 win gainst the Leathernecks to move to 4-1. The good news is star outside hitter Katarina Marinkovic is healthy enough to be back on the court and delivered 3 kills and 5.5 points Sunday night. The teams square off again Monday night.
— Denver Volleyball (@DU_Volleyball) February 22, 2021
Denver skiing is completing the RMISA conference championships over the next week. Denver sits in 5th place after the completion of the men’s and women’s alpine events in Utah. The nordic events are next weekend in Utah as well. Denver is finally returning to full strength this season after a number of injury absences and athletes missing the collegiate season while skiing in World Cup events. Expect to see DU qualify 12 skiers for the National Championships in New Hampshire.
#9 Denver Gymnastics took on West Virginia Sunday afternoon and defeated the Mountaineers. DU posted a 196.550 score on Sunday in Magness Arena, finishing ahead of West Virginia (195.350) in the teams’ second-consecutive meeting.
To cap off the hectic weekend, men’s tennis defeated Utah and Utah State 6-1 and 4-3, respectively. Women’s tennis downed BYU and Colorado 6-1 and 4-3 to match the men’s scores as DU tennis ended the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record.
Only hockey, golf, swimming & diving and triathlon were idle for the past weekend. Surely, one of the busiest weekends in the history of Denver athletics. And it’s only going to get busier over the next few weeks.