All posts by Sasha Kandrach

Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

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Faceoff specialists have been traditionally designated as “faceoff get-off” players, hence the FOGO acronym, but the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse phenom Trevor Baptiste has completely redefined the position in his first three years at DU. Continue reading Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

Back to Mass.: Full Circle for DU’s sole New Englander Connor Donahue

There’s only one Massachusetts native returning to home soil for Championship Weekend of the 51 players on the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team. Junior attack turned midfielder Connor Donahue of Groton, Massachusetts will be playing on the field and have exclusive access to the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, a dream of any New Englander. Continue reading Back to Mass.: Full Circle for DU’s sole New Englander Connor Donahue

Christian Burgdorf, Denver’s enigmatic captain, leading Pioneers back among lacrosse’s elite

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Christian Burgdorf rose to the occasion. The University of Denver men’s lacrosse dominant defenseman displayed resilience when the team needed leadership and strength to come back from the shock of losing to Towson in the First Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as reigning national champions. Continue reading Christian Burgdorf, Denver’s enigmatic captain, leading Pioneers back among lacrosse’s elite

From player to coach to teacher, John Orsen has come full circle

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Denver men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Tierney watched John Orsen develop as a college athlete, professional, and coach, all the while keeping a close eye. When the opportunity presented itself, Coach Tierney got Orsen on the phone and offered him a position as the University of Denver Pioneers’ defensive coordinator in September 2014. Continue reading From player to coach to teacher, John Orsen has come full circle

Bill Tierney & Matt Brown: Success bred from opposition

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As a coach, establishing a rapport that is effective, trusting, innovative and compelling for players and other staff members is not a simple feat by any means. It takes chemistry and experience to even qualify for such position. Legendary men’s lacrosse coach Bill Tierney and Matt Brown were on opposite ends of the coaching spectrum when their paths collided at the University of Denver in June 2010. Canadian-born Brown was entering his third year on Denver’s sideline, while New York-native Tierney was in his 28th year of coaching. Continue reading Bill Tierney & Matt Brown: Success bred from opposition

Max Planning: Denver’s “captain without the ‘C'”

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Max Planning has always been a humble and optimistic player no matter what team he suited up for. With his days playing for the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse program numbered, Planning embodies the program’s character values instilled by head coach Bill Tierney as he excels as an integral component solidifying the team’s cohesion. Continue reading Max Planning: Denver’s “captain without the ‘C’”

Denver Men’s Lacrosse’s road to Boston begins with a high-flying familiar foe

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The stage is set for the clash of Division l lacrosse’s two western-most teams once more in the 2017 season. Fittingly, the duel will take place in the Lacrosse Capital of the West as the fifth-seeded University of Denver (DU) Pioneers host the Air Force (AFA) Falcons in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse’s road to Boston begins with a high-flying familiar foe

Brotherhood on the attack: Connor Cannizzaro and Ethan Walker share a unique bond

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When you look at Connor Cannizzaro and Ethan Walker, you’d be forgiven if you give a double-take. The manner in which the two present themselves, their dialect, and their physical appearance translate to the field. If it weren’t for their jerseys, No. 40 worn by Cannizzaro and No. 57 sported by Walker, it’d be nearly impossible to tell them apart thanks to their nearly identical playing styles. Continue reading Brotherhood on the attack: Connor Cannizzaro and Ethan Walker share a unique bond

Between the pipes, Pioneers are Ready for deep postseason run

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Voluntarily subjecting one’s body to a solid rubber ball, facing shots that reach over 100 miles per hour, while wearing the only additional protection of a throat and chest protector, all to protect a six-foot by six-foot and seven-foot deep cage, requires a uniquely-oriented individual. Continue reading Between the pipes, Pioneers are Ready for deep postseason run

Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch

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Pace is defined as the rate of movement or progress. Fittingly enough, it is the surname of the University of Denver Pioneers’ meticulous senior midfielder Tyler Pace. Pace has been an integral component of Denver lacrosse’s lineup throughout his career for the Crimson and Gold. Continue reading Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch