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Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale

After much of the country had called it a night yesterday, Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse reported that one of the most coveted graduate transfers in the portal – All-American Yale attackman Jackson Morrill – had made his decision on where to play for his final year of eligibility. Xanders reported that Morrill had defied the predictions and decided to come west to play at Denver. In Morrill, the Pioneers add not only the 2nd-best transfer in the portal – 2020 Tewaaraton frontrunner Michael Sowers was #1 and he chose Duke – but they gain the 2nd-ranked scorer in Yale history (220 points on 113 goals). Continue reading Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale

Ian Mitchell signs with Blackhawks to forego senior year but his legacy will remain

One of the unique things about college hockey, college sports in general, really, is the importance of Senior Night. This event, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of every year’s graduating class, is held in sacred regard by programs and colleges alike. The NCAA, unlike its professional counterpart, provides student-athletes just four years of eligibility. At the University of Denver, seemingly in every sport, it’s constantly astonishing what every class is able to achieve in just four years. More than anything, it’s the student-athletes who compete on the ice, courts, and fields that have built these programs into the powerhouses and developing contenders that DU boasts. It’s during Senior Night that the program and fans have the opportunity to thank those student-athletes for their blood, sweat, tears, and other sacrifices that they’ve made for them. Continue reading Ian Mitchell signs with Blackhawks to forego senior year but his legacy will remain

DU, NCHC release schedules as temporary salve ahead of would-have-been Frozen Four

We are supposed to be in Detroit preparing for Denver’s matchup with Worcester Regional champion (probably North Dakota) right now. We were supposed to fly out yesterday morning, bring you all the pre-Frozen Four content that you’ve grown accustomed to over the past five years – three Frozen Fours in that span make for a pretty great habit. Instead, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was canceled last month and we haven’t had any hockey – college or professional – since. We didn’t get conference tournaments, we didn’t get NCAA Regionals, and now, probably the most painful of all, there is no Frozen Four. Continue reading DU, NCHC release schedules as temporary salve ahead of would-have-been Frozen Four

And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

NCHC cancels Tournament, NCAAs still on without fans – for now

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and includes information from yesterday’s news and be sure to keep returning to this post as it will continue to be updated with more information as it becomes available.

The same day the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a ‘pandemic’, the NCAA sprung into action Wednesday afternoon.  The NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments will be played without fans. And, this announcement further impacts other NCAA sports which Denver plays in the spring. Denver is scheduled to host Omaha in NCHC first-round hockey action this upcoming weekend, Denver hockey is hosting the Loveland NCAA Hockey Regionals March 27th and 28th and Denver Gymnastics is hosting NCAA Regionals April 2-4th at Magness Arena. Continue reading NCHC cancels Tournament, NCAAs still on without fans – for now

Pioneers ride dominant second period to 3-0-1 record vs. Tigers, NCHC third seed on Senior Night

DENVER – There may not have been much to play for in the fourth and final game between the #6 Denver Pioneers (21-9-6, 11-8-5-4) and the Colorado College Tigers (11-20-3, 4-17-3-1), but apparently that message never reached DU’s -locker room. With the Gold Pan clinched thanks to a 2-2 tie in Colorado Springs last night, all that was left for Denver to play for in the final game of the regular season was seeding for the NCHC Tournament. That motivation was plenty enough for Denver to score three times in the second period and twice in the third to coast to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers at Magness Arena on Saturday night. The win clinched an unbeaten 3-0-1 record against their archrivals to the south and vaulted them over Western Michigan – the Broncos beat Miami handily again earlier in the evening – into third place. With the #3 seed, Denver will host #6 Omaha next weekend. Continue reading Pioneers ride dominant second period to 3-0-1 record vs. Tigers, NCHC third seed on Senior Night

Denver restores order to win back Gold Pan in weird road tie, shootout win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Order has been restored along the I-25 corridor. A year after the Colorado College Tigers upset the Denver Pioneers, going 2-1-1 in the teams’ regular-season series, the Pioneers have won it back. The #6 Pioneers (20-9-6, 10-6-5-4) won the first two games of the series against the Tigers (11-19-3, 4-16-3-1) in December and only needed a single point in the second half of the series this weekend and earned that point with a 2-2 tie. Thanks to Brett Stapley’s silky mitts in the first round of the shootout, Denver earned the extra point to stay a point ahead of Western Michigan, who beat Miami earlier in the evening. Continue reading Denver restores order to win back Gold Pan in weird road tie, shootout win

Pioneers earn road split against St. Cloud State to take home ice inside track

When you’re out of the race for the Penrose Cup with three weeks left in the regular season, the focus shifts to securing home-ice advantage for the best-of-three first-round matchup in the NCHC Tournament. With the exception of the first year of the NCHC – Jim Montgomery’s first year behind Denver’s bench – the Pioneers have never opened the postseason on the road. That, as much as anything, has been a big reason why the Pioneers are the only program that has attended all six NCHC Frozen Faceoffs. And with just two games remaining on the schedule for the #6 Pioneers, the jockeying for home ice is in full swing. Continue reading Pioneers earn road split against St. Cloud State to take home ice inside track

Denver’s fourth-quarter rally falls short against UNC as they fall 15-13

DENVER – It’s becoming a bit of a pattern now for the #11 Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team (3-2). Go down big early, force the defense and goaltenders to up their games, come back late but fall just short against the country’s best teams. It happened against Duke two weeks ago after Denver fell behind 7-2 after the first quarter and it happened again today against #4 North Carolina (5-0) as the Tar Heels raced out to a 9-3 halftime lead. The Pioneers would outscore UNC 10-6 in the second half and 8-2 in the fourth quarter alone but it wasn’t enough as the Pios still fell 15-13, the same score by which they fell to Duke. Continue reading Denver’s fourth-quarter rally falls short against UNC as they fall 15-13