All posts by Nick Tremaroli

Pioneers Can’t Complete Comeback, Fall in First-Round Heartbreaker to Loyola

The 7th-seeded Denver Pioneers trailed 9-4 at halftime. They looked lost and thoroughly beaten after 30 minutes of lacrosse. The Loyola Greyhounds had full control of the game but as soon as the second half started, everything changed. TD Ierlan won all of his second-half faceoffs, the offense woke up, Jack Hannah led the offense with a hat trick, and the Pioneers were playing vintage Denver lacrosse. But it wasn’t enough. The Greyhounds’ seven-goal second quarter was too much for the Pioneers to overcome and despite their best efforts, they fell 14-13 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Continue reading Pioneers Can’t Complete Comeback, Fall in First-Round Heartbreaker to Loyola

Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title

Denver and Georgetown have been the best that BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse has to offer for the past few years and in the 2021 conference championship game between the top-seeded Pioneers and the 2nd-seeded Hoyas once again showed the college lacrosse world why. Denver had seven different players score but it wasn’t enough in a mostly defensive battle that saw Georgetown win their third straight BIG EAST title, 10-9 at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. Continue reading Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title

Pioneers Lead Wire to Wire, Dispatch Providence 14-5 to Advance to BIG EAST Championship

The top-seed Denver Pioneers opened the first BIG EAST semifinal of the day with a 7-0 run over the first 18 minutes of the game and never trailed as they dominated the fourth-seeded host Providence Friars 14-5. Jackson Morrill and Ethan Walker led the way for the Pios with 7 points each – Morrill scored three times while Walker scored four. With the victory, the Pioneers advance to another BIG EAST championship game and will face the winner of the second BIG EAST semifinal of the day between #2-seed Georgetown and #3-seed Villanova. Continue reading Pioneers Lead Wire to Wire, Dispatch Providence 14-5 to Advance to BIG EAST Championship

#5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Ethan Walker, Denver’s all-time points leader and 2nd-leading scorer in 2021, didn’t dress but it made no difference for a #5 Denver Pioneers (9-2, 7-0 BIG EAST) offense that scored 17 goals, 10 in the third quarter alone, against the #20 Villanova Wildcats (4-3, 4-3 BIG EAST). Jackson Morrill led the way with a hat trick while his former Yale teammate Lucas Cotler scored twice to account for half of Denver’s third-quarter offense on another perfect Colorado Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver added one more in the fourth to salt away the 17-10 victory and remain unbeaten in BIG EAST play. Continue reading #5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Pioneers Remain Unbeaten in BIG EAST Behind Ethan Walker’s Record-Breaking Performance

There is a new name at the top of the Denver Men’s Lacrosse all-time points leaderboard. With a goal near the end of the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-5 BIG EAST), Ethan Walker officially passed Wes Berg on DU’s all-time points list with his 256th of his storied career as a Pioneer. Thanks to that goal, two hat tricks from Jack Hannah and JJ Sillstrop, and an impressive 8-save, 61.5% performance by goaltender Jack Thompson, the Pioneers (8-2, 6-0 BIG EAST) beat the Golden Eagles 16-6 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a picturesque early spring Saturday afternoon in Denver. Continue reading Pioneers Remain Unbeaten in BIG EAST Behind Ethan Walker’s Record-Breaking Performance

Denver Misses NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2007

The long, excruciating wait is over. The Denver Pioneers’ season has officially ended. After going 10-13-1, the NCAA Tournament selection committee determined that the Pios’ resume simply was not strong enough to earn a bid to the 16-team field. This is disappointing, though not altogether surprising news for the Pioneers as they could not find much consistency over the course of a tough, Covid-affected season. The uncontrollable factors worked against the Pioneers and they didn’t do enough with what they could control and as a result, Denver’s 12-year streak of NCAA Tournament bids has come to an end. Continue reading Denver Misses NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2007

Making Denver Hockey’s Case for the NCAA Tournament

With the top-seed North Dakota Fighting Hawks winning the NCHC championship on Tuesday over the #2-seed St. Cloud State Huskies in a 5-3 affair – the first time a program has won the regular season and postseason titles in the same season in the NCHC – attention in the conference has now turned to the Men’s NCAA Tournament and who will and won’t make the field of 16, a conversation that hasn’t been necessary since the early 1990s when mathematical rating formulas began to assist (and eventually replaced) subjective selection criteria. Continue reading Making Denver Hockey’s Case for the NCAA Tournament

All-World Faceoff Specialist TD Ierlan Set to Join Pioneers This Week Program Confirms, Eligible Next Game

A couple of months ago, TD Ierlan, the greatest faceoff specialist in men’s collegiate lacrosse, announced his plans to transfer to Denver and join his former Yale teammates, Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler. Just this morning, according to US Lacrosse Magazine, Ierlan himself confirmed that he has been accepted at the University of Denver and will be eligible to play against Villanova next Sunday. The program has not yet confirmed the transfer, however. As a reminder for those who forgot what the quarter system is, this transfer is made possible by Denver’s academic system. Winter Quarter ends on Friday which means Ierlan’s transfer for academic purposes will be made official when the new academic term ‘begins’ Saturday. Continue reading All-World Faceoff Specialist TD Ierlan Set to Join Pioneers This Week Program Confirms, Eligible Next Game

Shorthanded Pioneers Drop Overtime Heartbreaker to North Dakota in Frozen Faceoff Semifinal

A single Carter Savoie power-play goal was not enough to sink the top-seed North Dakota Fighting Hawks despite a valiant defensive effort from the fifth-seed Denver Pioneers and the performance of the season from goaltender Magnus Chrona. North Dakota used a clutch, tipped shot off of Jasper Weatherby’s foot to tie the game in the waning minutes of regulation before Gavin Hain ripped a wrister from the high slot past Chrona on the power play in overtime to seal the victory for the hosts in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The fifth-seed Denver Pioneers will now leave their slim NCAA Tournament hopes up to the hockey gods and, more importantly, the selection committee. Continue reading Shorthanded Pioneers Drop Overtime Heartbreaker to North Dakota in Frozen Faceoff Semifinal

Bo Hanson’s First DU Goal Lifts Shorthanded Pioneers Over Mavericks in Frozen Faceoff Quarterfinal Thriller

Bo Hanson is a graduate transfer defenseman from St. Lawrence who had not scored a goal this year. The fifth-seeded Denver Pioneers traveled to Grand Forks, North Dakota for the Frozen Faceoff without eight players due to COVID-19 protocols and dressed just 16 skaters, nine of whom were forwards and as a result, Hanson played forward instead of defenseman. In a thrilling rollercoaster of a game, it was Hanson’s heroics, with five minutes left and just a minute and a half after the fourth-seeded Omaha Mavericks tied the game at four, which gave Denver the 5-4 victory and a berth in the Frozen Faceoff semifinals on Monday. Denver’s opponent on Monday is dependent on the result of the last quarterfinal, between Western Michigan and Minnesota Duluth, tonight. Continue reading Bo Hanson’s First DU Goal Lifts Shorthanded Pioneers Over Mavericks in Frozen Faceoff Quarterfinal Thriller