What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? We finally got our answer: the unstoppable force wins. In the first NCAA Semifinal matchup of the day between the #5 Denver Pioneers and #1 Northwestern Wildcats, it was Northwestern’s top-ranked scoring offense that dominated Denver’s top-ranked scoring defense. After an encouraging opening quarter, Northwestern found its offensive rhythm and controlled the final 45 minutes of the game en route to the 15-7 Wildcats victory at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Not only was it their first loss of the season in their first-ever trip to the national semifinals, but it was also the first time Denver gave up more than nine goals in a game all season. Continue reading Pioneers’ Dream Run to Championship Weekend Ends In National Semis in Loss to Northwestern
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Championship Weekend Preview: Denver vs. Northwestern
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In about 24 hours’ time, we’re going to find out when 5th-seeded Denver’s top-ranked defense (5.82 GAA) meets #1-seeded Northwestern’s top-ranked offense (17.00 GPG) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina in the first national semifinal. Stopping Northwestern’s deadly attack duo of Izzy Scane and Erin Coykendall – both of whom are Tewaaraton Award finalists – is Denver’s next big test in a season chock full of them. Continue reading Championship Weekend Preview: Denver vs. Northwestern
Denver Completes Second-Half Comeback Against North Carolina to Advance to Championship Weekend
For the first time in program history, the Denver Pioneers are going to Championship Weekend.
Let that sink in for a moment and smile.
Yet again, it was the #5 Denver’s (22-0) defense that won the day. The country’s #1 ranked scoring defense showed up to Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and dominated the #4 North Carolina Tar Heels’ (16-5) offense. The Pioneers started slow, allowing four goals in the first half while only scoring twice, but they found the extra gear they needed in the second half, outscoring the defending national champions 3-0 over the final 30 minutes and held the uber-talented Tar Heels’ offense scoreless over the final 35-plus minutes of the game to clinch the 5-4 Elite Eight victory and advance to Championship Weekend for the first time ever. Continue reading Denver Completes Second-Half Comeback Against North Carolina to Advance to Championship Weekend
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals Preview: Denver at North Carolina
“Oh, we’re excited. We’ve been looking forward to this one. We were watching [North Carolina’s] game this morning, hoping Richmond wouldn’t pull it off so that we could play UNC. We want to win a national championship and we want it to look as good as it possibly can. We want to go through UNC.”
That’s what star DU midfielder and all-around speedster Trinity McPherson had to say after her 5th-seeded Denver Pioneers beat the UAlbany Great Danes 8-6 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Mother’s Day at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The low-scoring, defensive victory earned the Pios their second-ever trip to the NCAA Quarterfinal round (their other appearance came in 2019 when they lost to Maryland, the #1 overall seed and eventual national champion). Continue reading NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals Preview: Denver at North Carolina
Pioneers Clinch Second-Ever NCAA Quarterfinals Berth with 8-6 Victory over UAlbany
All season long, the 5th-seeded Denver Pioneers’ (21-0) calling card was defense. Even if the offense wasn’t there on any given day, they knew that they were just as comfortable winning a 5-4 game as they were winning a 23-6 game. That’s the reality for a team that hasn’t given up more than 9 goals in any game this season – as long as the defense shows up, they can and will win. In Friday’s NCAA Tournament, First-Round matchup against the USC Trojans, the Pios’ defense showed up to hold the high-flying, fast-paced Pac-12 champions to seven goals. In their follow-up performance n the Second Round against the UAlbany Great Danes (13-7), a team that scored 13 of its 16 goals in the second half of their first-round matchup against Virginia, DU held the visitors to just six goals as they won 8-6 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium to advance to the Quarterfinals for the second time in program history. Continue reading Pioneers Clinch Second-Ever NCAA Quarterfinals Berth with 8-6 Victory over UAlbany
Pioneers Survive Furious Third-Quarter Southern Cal Rally to Advance to Second Round
Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. Even with a 6-0 second-quarter lead in NCAA Tournament play, advancing to the second round was never guaranteed. Against the Pac-12 Champion USC Trojans (16-4) at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in first-round NCAA Tournament action, the 5th-seeded Denver Pioneers (20-0) had to withstand a valiant five-goal third-quarter rally from the Trojans – which erased their five-goal halftime lead – to win 10-7. It wasn’t exactly how head coach Liza Kelly drew it up but in the first-ever NCAA Tournament game in the Mile High City, the Pioneers showed up and treated a raucous crowd to an instant classic. Continue reading Pioneers Survive Furious Third-Quarter Southern Cal Rally to Advance to Second Round
Denver Women Named #5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
All of the prognostications from the east coast lacrosse media establishment proved true. The country’s only unbeaten team, BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions Denver (19-0, 6-0 BIG EAST), will not be one of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which starts next weekend. The top four seeds, as predicted were Northwestern, Syracuse, Boston College, and North Carolina. Denver is the #5 overall seed and will host the Pac-12 champion USC in the first round next weekend. The other first-round game that Denver will host is between Virginia and Albany. Should the Pioneers beat the Trojans, they will play the winner of that game.
The full bracket is below: Continue reading Denver Women Named #5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Pioneers Win Third-Straight BIG EAST Title, Enter NCAA Tournament As Country’s Only Unbeaten Team
BIG EAST Champions. Yet again. The Denver Women’s Lacrosse program reached the pinnacle of the conference three years ago and they haven’t left. Using timely offense, dominant draw control play, and yet another masterful defensive performance, the #5(lol) and top-seeded Denver Pioneers (19-0, 6-0 BIG EAST) topped the #24 UConn Huskies (12-5, 4-2) by a score of 11-6 in Storrs, Connecticut, on the Huskies’ own turf. The Pioneers clinched the regular season conference title with a victory over Marquette and with today’s victory, they clinched the conference double. But, as great as the two championships are, the Pioneers’ goal – a national championship – is still in front of them. Continue reading Pioneers Win Third-Straight BIG EAST Title, Enter NCAA Tournament As Country’s Only Unbeaten Team
Pioneers Send Seniors Off with 15-2 Georgetown Beatdown
The #3 Denver Pioneers (16-0, 5-0 BIG EAST) are rolling. There is arguably no better women’s lacrosse team in the country and there is inarguably no hotter team than DU. With yesterday’s 15-2 Senior Day throttling of the Georgetown Hoyas (6-10, 1-4 BIG EAST), Denver remains the only unbeaten team in the country. #5 Boston College’s instant-classic victory over #1 Syracuse on Friday night sealed that status and gives the Pios an outside shot at earning their first #1 ranking in program history. Continue reading Pioneers Send Seniors Off with 15-2 Georgetown Beatdown
Unbeaten Season & Multi-Year Extension a Culmination of Sorts for Liza Kelly
It’s April 21st and the Denver Women’s Lacrosse program is ranked #3 in the country. They enter tomorrow’s Senior Day as the country’s only unbeaten team at 15-0 and have wins over national powerhouses Maryland and Boston College among their, count ’em, five Top-25 victories. For head coach Liza Kelly who just signed an extension that will keep her in Crimson & Gold through what will be her 22nd year as the DU head coach in 2028, this comes as no surprise. In fact, this was always part of the plan. To be the best, you have to beat the best, right? Continue reading Unbeaten Season & Multi-Year Extension a Culmination of Sorts for Liza Kelly