Denver Finishes Week on the Upswing

We told you about the DU hockey split with Minnesota-Duluth, Denver men’s basketball thumping South Dakota and Gymnastics’ outstanding performance in Colorado Springs. But other Denver teams were in action, too.

Following a frustrating loss to Air Force the prior weekend, Denver men’s lacrosse (1-2) traveled to Raleigh Durham to take on Duke (3-1) Saturday. Denver fell 14-13 in OT but held the lead and a chance to win in the final minute of play. Denver is showing improved defense this season, holding the Blue Devils scoreless for 12 minutes in the first half but still trailed heading into the second half. The teams were even-up heading into the fourth quarter after Duke’s Charles Balsamo scored to even the score 9-9. Denver and Duke traded leads in the fourth quarter with Denver nursing a one-point lead as the clock wound down. The Blue Devils defense forced a late turnover and Duke’s Brennan O’Neill buried a shot with 19 seconds remaining to knot the score 13-13, forcing OT.  Twenty-two seconds into OT,   O’Neill struck again with the man-up advantage for the victory. JJ Sillstrop and Noah Manning led Denver with three goals each.

Denver women’s lacrosse (3-0) continued their outstanding play. After opening with victories over Louisville and Vanderbuilt the prior weekend, Denver took down regional foe CU on Saturday, 9-8, in Boulder. Senior Julia Gilbert led Denver with 3 goals in the road victory over the Buffs.  Gilbert put Denver up 9-5 heading into the fourth quarter but Colorado came storming back in the final frame. CU had a chance to tie the game with a minute left but DU’s Trinity McPherson forced a turnover by CU’s Charlie Rudy and secured the ground ball and win for Denver.

Denver women’s basketball (12-16, 8-9) rebounded from a rout at South Dakota State on Thursday by defeating South Dakota 79-74 on Saturday. Mikayla Brandon and Emma Smith led the Denver attack with 25 and 23 points respectively. 

Denver men’s tennis (5-4) swept Utah and Idaho State  by identical scores of 6-1 at Denver Tennis Center. Denver women’s tennis (4-2) took down Brown, 5-2, Saturday at the DTC as well.

The DU ski team finished the Denver Invitational in second place, trailing this season’s powerhouse, Utah.

The team travels to the Alaska Anchorage Invitational and RMISA Championships February 20th – 25th while tuning up for the NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, NY. Look for a Tim Healy season review shortly.

5 thoughts on “Denver Finishes Week on the Upswing”

  1. Thanks for the skiing team news. I’m really glad I found Let’s Go DU as the articles & opinions are outstanding. I look forward to reading it!

  2. Balsamo plays for the other DU 😉 Denver had the ball and couldn’t close out the game in regulation with a bad turnover.

  3. I appreciate the updates on the DU sports scene. Busy times. Too bad men’s lacrosse lost to Duke in frustrating fashion, but glad that women’s lacrosse beat CU. Hope the ski team can put some pressure on Utah in the NCAA’s.

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