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Precise Shooting Triggers BC 13-8 NCAA Second-Round Win Over Denver

In a strange game, DU led in most statistical categories – shots (26-17), shots-on-goal (16-13), forced turnovers (22-10), clears (16-17 vs 17-22), and ground balls (14-8). How did BC win? They went a cool 13-13 on their shots on goal – nearly an impossible statistic to generate at this level of play. Continue reading Precise Shooting Triggers BC 13-8 NCAA Second-Round Win Over Denver

Denver Readies For Second Round Showdown With Boston College

After DU (18-2, 5-0) put on a dominating display against Vermont 16-3, they set their sights on Boston College (16-2, 6-2) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Bea Behrins voiced her thoughts on playing the three-seed Eagles on their home field. “They think that they are going to come in and run all over us. That underdog mentality, grit, that we have will show in that game (Sunday).” Continue reading Denver Readies For Second Round Showdown With Boston College

DU’s Next AD Needs to Solve the Glaring Pep Band Dilemma

Taking a brief look at the job boards and Indeed.com shows 422 Fan Experience Managers. The University of Maryland is looking for a Director of Marketing and Fan Experience. The NFL has several open roles. In Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado is looking for a Director of Marketing and Fan Engagement. But these are just a few of the hundreds of such available jobs. Continue reading DU’s Next AD Needs to Solve the Glaring Pep Band Dilemma

NIL: The Ten Ton Gorilla that Can’t and Won’t Be Caged

The devil you know is sometimes better than the one you don’t know – or so they say. Probably no organization in athletics, at least collegiate athletics, is more universally hated than the NCAA – with the SEC coming in a close second. In the latest Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) drama, according to an article by Sports Illustrated, college athletic directors are pleading with the NCAA to regulate and sanction schools with boosters who have struck deals with players to sign with their schools. Continue reading NIL: The Ten Ton Gorilla that Can’t and Won’t Be Caged

Denver Women Headed to Chestnut Hill to Play Vermont with Big East Title in Hand

Denver trailed 12-7 at halftime Saturday against Georgetown in the BIG EAST tournament finals but outscored the Hoyas 8-3 to take the game into overtime, 15-15. It took Bea Behrins (who else, of course) to finish off the Hoyas at 2:30 of extra time on a beautiful feed from Julia Gilbert to seal the automatic berth for the Pioneers. The win matched their regular-season BIG EAST title, their second title in a row. Continue reading Denver Women Headed to Chestnut Hill to Play Vermont with Big East Title in Hand

BIG EAST Flameout Extinguishes Season for Denver Men’s Lacrosse

It was a forgettable season for DU men’s lacrosse (9-6, 4-1 BIG EAST) as they skidded to an unremarkable close Friday afternoon against Villanova in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. The 15-14 defeat defied the saying, “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” The game really wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate as another conference tournament collapse brought DU’s season to an end. Continue reading BIG EAST Flameout Extinguishes Season for Denver Men’s Lacrosse

Big Week Ahead For Denver Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse

Both Denver men’s and women’s lacrosse programs have their respective BIG EAST conference tournaments this weekend. The women will be fighting for a potential home-field advantage in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – though the 12-10 loss to rival Colorado likely ended that opportunity – and the men are fighting for their postseason lives, hoping to just extend their season. One loss and their season is over. The action will take place this Thursday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for the women and Cooper Field (Georgetown) in Washington D.C.for the men. Continue reading Big Week Ahead For Denver Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse

Pregame National Championship Celebration at The Pioneer Bar, 4-6 This Friday

While COVID-19 may have kept Damien Goddard from the Frozen Four, Goddard makes a triumphant return to Denver this Friday with a Pop-Up store at The Pioneer Bar from 4-6 pm. The event, sponsored by Denver Boone Facebook, is a celebration of Denver’s 9th national hockey championship and will offer hockey championship gear for sale. The championship merchandise includes 4 different styles of caps, Boone Natty women’s V-neck, men’s T-shirts & sweatshirts and stickers. Cash, Venmo or Zelle accepted. Meet DU’s unofficial mascot, Denver Boone, for photos at 5:30 PM. Continue reading Pregame National Championship Celebration at The Pioneer Bar, 4-6 This Friday

Helter Skelter – No more waiting for Next Year

The way to build a college basketball team used to be patience. Add pieces every year, develop the student-athletes with solid coaching and, with a little luck, you build a contender. However, with the advent of the transfer portal, student-athlete mobility, and win-now approaches at all levels of collegiate basketball, teams can build a winner during just a single cycle of recruiting and transfer portal activity. Continue reading Helter Skelter – No more waiting for Next Year

NCAA Boots the Soccer Ball, Again

This past Wednesday, the NCAA Division 1 Council tabled a vote to approve a split fall-spring season for men’s soccer. The vote called for a change to the men’s current fall college soccer season and split the season into fall & spring season with a proposed championship in June. The prior vote on this issue was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it is delayed yet again. The ultimate beneficiaries of these changes would have been student-athletes and fans alike. Continue reading NCAA Boots the Soccer Ball, Again