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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
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Just the fourth home game of the 2018 season, the No. 2/3-ranked University of Denver Pioneers topped the St. John’s University Red Storm 15-6 in the windy, but sunny BIG EAST home opener on Saturday, April 14. Continue reading Denver weathers Red Storm’s comeback, wins 15-6 in BIG EAST home opener
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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
The game was moved up to Friday afternoon to avoid a winter storm in the Philadelphia area on Saturday. For the Villanova Wildcats (8-3, 1-1), the storm hit early and often as the only suspense was whether the Pioneers (8-2, 2-0) would score 20 points in the first half – they netted 18. For a team that could only score a single goal in the first half in recent games against Towson and Georgetown, the Pioneers absolutely unloaded on the Villanova Wildcats. Continue reading Denver Clobbers Villanova 22-6
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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
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Denver had another slow start and trailed the Georgetown Hoyas 3-1 at the end of the first half in Washington, D.C.. Denver got their only goal from Austin French on a feed from Ethan Walker at 10:16 of the first quarter. However, Georgetown owned a 2-1 advantage at the end of the quarter and picked up another goal in the second quarter.
Just like the prior weekend, it was Senior Trevor Baptiste who would ignite the Denver comeback in the second half.
Walker pulled the Pioneers within one goal with an unassisted tally to make it 3-2 to open the scoring in the second half. But the Hoyas’ Craig Berge completed his hat trick in the third quarter to take the Hoyas advantage to two – 4-2. However, just like the prior week against Towson, a faceoff win and unassisted goal from Trevor Baptists would fuel a Denver comeback at 14:51 of the 4th quarter. Denver’s Joe Reid pulled Denver even exactly two minutes later on an unassisted goal. DU’s winning goal came from Colin Rutan, unassisted, with 7:20 left. Denver’s goalie, Josh Matte (3-0), made three saves in the final quarter to seal the match while DU played stout defense and controlled the ball.
Denver had 10 turnovers to Georgetown’s 11 for the game. Baptiste was 12 of 15 (80%) from the X to give the Pioneers a decisive possession advantage and moved into second place in the all-time record book for faceoff wins.
Georgetown is 0-6 against against the Pioneers since Denver joined the Big East.
However, one has to think that Denver should be holding bigger advantages with Baptiste owning faceoffs. Denver caught pipe on a number of occasions and flat out missed some close-in shots. Add a slow start, double digit turnovers and the #3 Pioneers have been living dangerously the past several weeks.
Denver faces Villanova on April 7th in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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With 1:46 left in overtime, Colin Rutan found himself with time and space to the left of the net. He saw top-right twine just waiting to be graced with a ball’s presence. It was almost calling out to him. Rutan heard it, saw it, and found it. As soon as the ball hit the net and fell to the ground on the other side of the goal line, the Pioneers spilled off the sideline and mobbed Rutan for clinching an important 11-10 nonconference victory over the Towson Tigers. Continue reading Pioneers ride nine-goal second half, Colin Rutan heroics to win overtime thriller against Towson
In what may a be a turning point of the season, the #5-6 University of Denver lacrosse team shook off a very sluggish start and scored nine unanswered goals to blast the #18-19 Ohio State Buckeyes, 12-7, before a sellout crowd of 2,607 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a sunny St. Patrick’s Day afternoon. The win was a measure of revenge for the Pios, who lost to OSU last year, 16-7 in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading Pioneers’ Second-Half Rally Destroys the Ohio State Buckeyes, 12-7
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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
In the first matchup between the two best western college lacrosse programs in the country since the Denver’s 16-4 NCAA Tournament rout, the #11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish held off a furious rally by the #4 University of Denver Pioneers to win 11-9 in South Bend, Indiana. It wasn’t a perfectly played game by any stretch but it was just the latest in a decade of classic games in the best rivalry in the sport. Continue reading Notre Dame holds off late Denver rally to earn revenge in latest rivalry classic