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Part Three : A questionable attack – The impact of Colton McCaffrey and Colin Rutan

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Perhaps the most pressing question entering the 2018 campaign for the University of Denver Pioneers was who would take over the position vacated by the accomplished and standout attackman, Connor Cannizzaro? Filling a position left by one of the most skilled players in modern lacrosse who was simultaneously a team leader posed a true challenge — but not one Denver’s program hadn’t previously faced. Continue reading Part Three : A questionable attack – The impact of Colton McCaffrey and Colin Rutan

Part Two: DU’s midfield transformation, the emergence of Teddy Sullivan and Joe Reid

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Some traditions are meant to be broken. For the University of Denver Pioneers, the established makeup of the midfield has been revised. Under assistant coach and offensive coordinator Matt Brown, the midfield lines were notoriously constructed with a traditional middie, a speedy dodger and a composed feeder. United, the trio is a dynamic and challenging unit to defend because of each player’s strengths that balance out and harmonize into a collective whole. Continue reading Part Two: DU’s midfield transformation, the emergence of Teddy Sullivan and Joe Reid

Newcomers Making a Big Impact in Denver’s Lineup, Part One: Defense

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New faces circulate in and out of the lineup on a regular basis throughout the beginning of a season. Once roles and chemistry become apparent, the positions evolve into concrete lineups that account for situational alternates. A system as intricate and detailed as the University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse program’s can be intimidating to infiltrate, let alone thrive in. For some players, it comes naturally and immediately. For others, the transition requires adaptation, repetition and guidance to cultivate confidence. Continue reading Newcomers Making a Big Impact in Denver’s Lineup, Part One: Defense

Denver’s internal adjustments key in preparation for Top-10 clash against Villanova

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Denver has just barely scraped by its opponent in three of its last four games. Slow starts and costly turnovers have troubled the No. 4-ranked Pioneers. With the regular season over halfway completed, each game holds more significance now that conference play is underway. Continue reading Denver’s internal adjustments key in preparation for Top-10 clash against Villanova

Denver-Ohio State: Pioneers look to regroup and refine for success going forward

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The Ohio State Buckeyes handed the University of Denver Pioneers one of their worst losses in program history last season. The Buckeyes knocked Denver off of it’s then, top-national rank with the merciless 16-7 result. Continue reading Denver-Ohio State: Pioneers look to regroup and refine for success going forward

Pioneers speed past spent Tigers, advance to fifth-consecutive Frozen Faceoff

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The series required all three games to determine which team would advance to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), but the No. 5-ranked University of Denver Pioneers put on a clinic against the wasted Colorado College Tigers (15-17-5, 8-13-4 NCHC) on Sunday, March 11 evening.

Denver (20-9-8, 13-6-6 NCHC) won the best of three series with a dominating 6-1 victory where five different players scored in the final meeting. The Pioneers rallied after losing the first game 2-0 on Friday night.  Continue reading Pioneers speed past spent Tigers, advance to fifth-consecutive Frozen Faceoff

Rivalry restored as Pioneers force Game 3 in conference playoffs against Tigers

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Denver’s leading scorers rose to the occasion when the end result of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) quarterfinal best of three series appeared as though it would not favor the University of Denver Pioneers over long-time rivals, the Colorado College Tigers (15-16-5, 8-13-4 NCHC). A battle of physicality and momentum ensued during the series as the No. 5-ranked Pioneers (19-9-8, 13-6-6 NCHC) rallied to clinch the critical win. Denver fought to keep the series alive after dropping 2-0 loss the previous night. Continue reading Rivalry restored as Pioneers force Game 3 in conference playoffs against Tigers

Tigers ‘bend, but don’t break’ to double up Pioneers in game 1 of NCHC Quarterfinals

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The storied rivalry between the No. 5-ranked University of Denver Pioneers (18-9-8, 12-7-6 NCHC) and the Colorado College Tigers (15-15-5, 9-12-4 NCHC) continues to enhance. For the second consecutive time, and second time since both teams joined the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), the Pioneers and Tigers met in a best of three series of the NCHC quarterfinals on Friday, March 9. Continue reading Tigers ‘bend, but don’t break’ to double up Pioneers in game 1 of NCHC Quarterfinals

Rudy Junda emulating Evan Ritt’s patience & dedication to earn nightly lineup spot

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Like a well-oiled machine, the No. 5 University of Denver Pioneers’ system of play employed by head coach Jim Montgomery is constructed from an intricate combination of details. When executed properly, the dynamic unfolds into in an esemplastic affair. As each player acquires and masters their unique role while buying into the team culture, the outcome as a collective unit is synchronous. Continue reading Rudy Junda emulating Evan Ritt’s patience & dedication to earn nightly lineup spot