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Championship Weekend preview in February? Denver, Duke say yes

Photo courtesy of Lacey Den Hartog

Two of college lacrosse’s top powerhouses are linked beyond their respective reputations and accolades. The [4/3] University of Denver Pioneers and the [1/1] Duke University Blue Devils are intertwined by the origin and relations across the individual helms. Continue reading Championship Weekend preview in February? Denver, Duke say yes

Pioneers hold off Falcons’ late rally in frigid whiteout

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Pioneers halted a late comeback attempt by the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. amid whiteout conditions.

The Saturday matinee game was the season opener for the No. 4-ranked Pioneers (1-0, 0-0 BIG EAST). The No. 17 Falcons (0-2, 0-0 Southern) entered the game coming off of an 18-4 loss to Duke University.

Denver took the field fired up to embark on the 2018 season. The Pioneers scored immediately after the opening faceoff. Denver’s extraordinary faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste won possession. Starting defender Dylan Gaines joined the attack where the long-pole scored his first-career goal on the run.. The momentum continued throughout the first half as six different goal-scorers provided Denver with a 7-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The Falcons returned energized and scored back-to-back goals to cut the Pioneers lead down to five. While the Pioneers countered with three-goals, Air Force would diminish Denver’s lead incrementally, with a hat trick from junior midfielder Jack Flynn, as the Falcons offense rode the momentum.

Despite Air Force’s relentless pressure, the Pioneers held onto their lead. Junior attackman Austin French, scored his second-career hat trick in the second half to cushion the 11-5 final.

Due to the frigid and excessive snowfall an orange lacrosse ball was used for visibility. The conditions didn’t appear to hinder DU’s goalie Alex Ready, as the junior made 9 saves in the victory. 

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Pioneers warm-up in blizzard-like conditions at Falcon Stadium – photo by Sasha Kandrach

Only three penalties were administered as a result of the blizzard-like conditions. Air Force was on the receiving end of the first penalty which was called in the third minute of the second quarter. DU’s freshman attackman Riley Curtis converted on the man-up to record his first-career goal.

 

Baptiste went 9-for-18 at the, “X.” Air Force’s Trent Harper battled Baptiste’s power and finesse to earn nine faceoff wins.

Denver travels to Durham, North Carolina to face Duke University on Friday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. MT. The Pioneers will host Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 25 for their home-opener at 11 a.m.

Denver vs. Air Force: Mutual respect the name of the game in western-most rivalry

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After graduating from Loyola College as a four-year starter on defense, Bill Wilson, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, began his college lacrosse coaching career at Princeton University in 1995 under then head coach Bill Tierney.

15 years later, the former mentor and mentee would find themselves across the field in Colorado, both with their respective western-most programs. Wilson and the No. 17 Air Force Falcons will face Tierney and the No. 4 University of Denver Pioneers on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., since the program announced that Wilson would be the interim head coach. Continue reading Denver vs. Air Force: Mutual respect the name of the game in western-most rivalry

Troy Terry relishes final moments before becoming an Olympian

Photo courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis

For the last time in two and a half weeks, Olympic-bound Troy Terry participated a normal Tuesday, taking the ice to practice at Magness Arena for the University of Denver Pioneers. This familiar routine is about to undergo a drastic and rapid change as the Denver, Colo. native departs for the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea. Terry will temporarily exchange DU’s Crimson and Gold for the United States’ Red, White, and Blue. Continue reading Troy Terry relishes final moments before becoming an Olympian

Jarid Lukosevicius: the grit the Pioneers need to sustain a deep second-half run

 Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio

Jarid Lukosevicius. The name evokes familiarity in the context of his hat trick for the University of Denver Pioneers in the 2017 national championship and as ‘American Hero Troy Terry’s roommate.’ Beyond the extraordinary feat and whimsical title, Lukosevicius has worked to establish himself as an embodiment of the resilient and relentless attributes linked with the culture and identity of DU hockey. Continue reading Jarid Lukosevicius: the grit the Pioneers need to sustain a deep second-half run

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Comprehensive 2018 Season Preview

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Bill Tierney demands a standard of excellence, tradition and character from his players, individually, and contributing to the collective culture of the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse program. In just his nine seasons since taking over the helm, Tierney has established the program as the, “Lacrosse Capital of the West,” and provided exposure to grow the game. Since winning the program’s first national championship on May 25, 2015, Tierney has only sought to extend Denver’s accolades and maintain the ability to contend against prestigious competition. Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse Comprehensive 2018 Season Preview

The Denver-North Dakota rivalry from between the pipes

Photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio

There are no shortage of similarities when comparing two of college hockey’s most renowned programs: the University of Denver (DU) Pioneers and the University of North Dakota (UND) Fighting Hawks. From the number of national championships [tied with eight] to Hobey Baker Award recipients [each have two] to program successes and line pairings, the two have paralleled and contested one another for decades. The earliest contention was when the Pioneers defeated the Fighting Hawks 6-2 in the 1958 national title game to claim the program’s first championship. The following season, UND returned to the championship game and edged Michigan State 4-3 in overtime.  Continue reading The Denver-North Dakota rivalry from between the pipes