DU Athletics moved forward at a frenetic pace this past weekend with ten teams taking to the fields, courts and slopes. COVID-19 has compressed several fall and winter sports into the spring season and, with the exception of hockey, most of Denver’s athletic department was in action. Here are the weekend highlights: Continue reading Ten DU Teams Compete in Busy Winter Weekend
Denver faced #1 North Dakota in the final meeting of the regular season between the two teams. Following a penalty-filled affair Friday night, the Fighting Hawks were forced to start goalie Peter Thome in net. Denver played the Fighting Hawks even 5-on-5 the first two periods but unwise penalties and a continued inability to score finished off the Pioneers’ chances in what could have been a big road win in what has become a dismal regular season. With the victory, North Dakota wins the season series 4-2.
The #20 Denver Pioneers hockey team sits 6-9-1 with yet another postponed series again this weekend. Coming into the season, there were high expectations followed by erratic play and disappointing results. Various theories attributed the performances to coaching decisions, leaky goaltending, tepid faceoff results, or a simple inability to score?
Or is the simple answer the ‘COVID-19’ pandemic? Continue reading Maybe it’s Just a COVID Year
The most prolific faceoff specialist in NCAA lacrosse is eyeing a spring transfer to the University of Denver for the 2021 season, according to US Lacrosse Magazine. Ierlan picked up an additional season of eligibility due to COVID-19 and is said that he was ‘intrigued’ by the idea of joining fellow former Yalies Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler at Denver after entering the transfer portal. Ierlan, the best faceoff man in the history of college lacrosse, based on win percentage (see below, and yes, better than Trevor Baptiste), is intent on transferring from Yale if the Ivy League skips this season of play due to COVID-19. Should the Ivies decide to play this spring, Ierlan may withdraw his name from the portal and decide to stay at Yale. Continue reading TD Ierlan, Nation’s Top Faceoff Specialist, Plans to Transfer to Denver
In a year dominated by COVID-19 news, Denver Athletics provided major stories of their own. There were a host of individuals and teams that created lasting memories and achieved historic milestones for the Pioneers. And yes, there were some major losses as well. Below, we selected some of the key events that shaped the ‘Year of COVID-19’. Continue reading Top DU Athletic Stories of 2020
The Denver Pioneers became mentally unglued in the third period of an otherwise tight game, allowing the two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to score a pair of unanswered goals to blow open a 2-1 game, en-route to a 4-1 victory over the Pioneers on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Omaha’s Baxter Arena. Continue reading Pioneers Third Period Meltdown Enables UMD to Thump DU, 4-1
“Frankly, we got our wires crossed”, said #1 North Dakota’s head hockey coach Brad Berry. “When the NCHC recommended a ‘pod’ for visiting teams, we misunderstood the plan.”
The Fighting Hawks spent their first three nights 23 miles west of the UNO campus in storage pods before relocating to more modern accommodations in Omaha, close to Baxter Arena.
“We are used to no running water and a lack of electricity but poor cell reception and internet access were the biggest challenges.” said senior captain Jordan Kawaguchi.
The Fighting Hawks made the best of a difficult situation by building a corn maze, digging a latrine, and collecting firewood to warm their unheated containers.
Puck drop is 6:30 pm MT tonight at Baxter Arena, Omaha, Nebraska.
As always, it’s a great day to be a Pioneer. But perhaps it’s even better today than most others.
University of Denver Chancellor Dr. Jeremy Haefner finally made an official public statement that the school will retain the popular 95-year old nickname “Pioneers,” according to a long letter October 21st sent to alumni and responding to anti-Pioneer posters’ demands, linked here. Continue reading DU Reaffirms Pioneers Nickname, Finally Puts Issue to Bed
While University of Denver Jeremy Chancellor Haefner has yet to commit to keeping the Pioneer name, he has asked for “the [DU] community’s patience” to prepare his response to a small group of protesters who are demanding that DU get rid of the Pioneer nickname by February of 2021. Continue reading Chancellor Haefner Requests “Community’s Patience” as Pioneer Nickname Remains In Doubt
We’ve had it. Enough already.
We’re tired of years of DU’s faculty and staff working behind the scenes and now, directly orchestrating protests with the objectives of smashing DU traditions and further dividing the DU community. Continue reading It is High Time DU’s Divisive Faculty-Led Anti-Pioneer Protests End