All posts by Sasha Kandrach

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

Friendship forged through rivalry, Liam Finlay & Tyson Jost remain close

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Separating friendship from team allegiance can be difficult for some, but it’s nothing new for freshmen winger Liam Finlay of the University of Denver Pioneers and North Dakota Fighting Hawks star center Tyson Jost. While Jost and Finlay didn’t begin playing together until 2011-2012 in bantam at the Pursuit of Excellence Academy in Kelowna, British Columbia, they have known each other since they were 8 or 9-years old where they met at a hockey tournament. Continue reading Friendship forged through rivalry, Liam Finlay & Tyson Jost remain close

Pioneers Clinch Penrose Cup – Double up Mavericks 4-2

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With tonight’s (March 3)  4-2 victory over the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (UNO), the University of Denver Pioneers secured their first Penrose Cup as the NCHC Regular Season Champions. Traveling to Baxter Arena, the Pioneers extended their winning streak to ten games. Continue reading Pioneers Clinch Penrose Cup – Double up Mavericks 4-2

“Controlled aggressiveness” guides Denver’s top defensive line

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Creating a dominant, lethal defense, capable of shutting down opposing attacks with force and strategy is a science. The iterative process through trial and error to identity the balance between tenacity and tactic, University of Denver defensive coordinator John Orsen has created such.

Through a new system of “controlled aggressiveness” introduced this season, Orsen has revamped Denver’s defensive style of play. Continue reading “Controlled aggressiveness” guides Denver’s top defensive line

“Emotional night” to mark the growth of DU Hockey and Jim Montgomery

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Nine seniors will don the Crimson and Gold for their last regular season series at Magness Arena this weekend. The top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers (22-6-4, 14-3-3-2 NCHC) host the No. 18 St. Cloud State Huskies (15-14-1, 9-10-1-0 NCHC) who handed DU its most recent loss (3-2) on Jan. 20. Continue reading “Emotional night” to mark the growth of DU Hockey and Jim Montgomery

Pioneers earn first conference road sweep over Miami

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In American Hero fashion, Troy Terry scored the game-winning goal and his second of the night beating Ryan Larkin five-hole to contribute to the [2/2] University of Denver Pioneers 5-2 victory and weekend sweep over the [NR/NR] Miami-Ohio [Miami] RedHawks. Earning their road, first in-conference sweep after last night’s 5-2 win at Steve Cady Arena, this momentum is vital with the conference playing closing and the NCHC Playoffs and the NCAA Tournament approaching. Continue reading Pioneers earn first conference road sweep over Miami

DU vs AF lax: the western faceoff

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After a devastating loss to Towson University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last May, the University of Denver Pioneers Men’s Lacrosse team has worked harder than ever in the offseason according to head coach Bill Tierney. They’re eager to atone for last season’s abrupt ending. The Pioneers embark on the 2017 campaign with a home-opener against the Air Force Falcons this Saturday (Feb. 11) at 1 p.m. Continue reading DU vs AF lax: the western faceoff

4th line to top line: the Jarid Lukosevicius story

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Like most freshmen, Jarid Lukosevicius was just competing for any spot in the lineup last year and he earned it: 4th line right wing for the 2015-16 University of Denver Pioneers. Not exactly the most glamorous spot, but hey, he was a freshman. Now a sophomore, Lukosevicius has ascended in the lineup to become the top line right wing as one of DU’s most consistent forwards. Continue reading 4th line to top line: the Jarid Lukosevicius story

Pioneers back up to speed thanks to Emil Romig’s return

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Seven weeks removed from sustaining a brutal lower body injury at North Dakota on November 11, Emil Romig returned to Magness Arena in style. The senior forward and Pio spark plug recorded his first goal of the 2016 campaign and an assist for the University of Denver Pioneers against Arizona State on Friday, Jan. 6. Continue reading Pioneers back up to speed thanks to Emil Romig’s return