Lacrosse fans were treated to a thrilling championship game over Memorial Day Weekend when Virginia defeated Maryland, 17-16. Could the fastest-growing college sport in America be used to drive a move by DU to the West Coast Conference (WCC)? Denver could leverage their national lacrosse reputation as the “Lacrosse Capital of the West” to kickstart D1 men’s college lacrosse while gaining membership in the West Coast Conference. Their ally in a proposal to join the WCC could be Seattle University, a non-football outlier in the football-centric Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Seattle Redhawks already field men’s and women’s club lacrosse and, like DU, are a private school outlier in their conference. A commitment by Seattle to add D1 lacrosse and a joint appeal by the two schools to WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez could be the key to unlock membership for both schools.
It was 2018 when Denver skiing won their 24th national NCAA title. Denver hockey secured their 8th title during the 2016-2017 season. In 2015, head coach Bill Tierney led Denver to its first men’s lacrosse NCAA championship. By recent DU standards, a three-year championship drought is too long and it begs the question of which team will win the athletic department’s next national title and when?
Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.
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
The University of Denver delivered two surprises Sunday night. First, they received the #7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and second, Denver was named the host for two first-round games, including its own first-round matchup. After losing to Georgetown on Saturday in the BIG EAST Championship, Denver was at risk of falling out of the top eight seeds for the national tournament. Instead, Denver will play old ECAC Lacrosse foe, Loyola, at 5:30 pm MT Sunday. #6 seed Notre Dame will play Drexel at 3:00 pm MT Saturday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Continue reading #7 Seed Denver to Host Two First Round Men’s NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Games
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
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
A non-conference women’s lacrosse match started the three-day weekend with a victory and local bragging rights. DU women’s lacrosse (13-1, 10-0) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes at Peter Barton Stadium, 10-7, to avenge their only loss of the season. This may be head coach Liza Kelly’s best team in her 15 seasons at DU. Next up for the red hot squad is the BIG EAST Tournament in Washington D.C. and a semifinal match-up against Villanova Thursday at 2:30 pm MT. The championship is Saturday at 10:00 am MT. Continue reading Weekend Recap: Denver Begins NCAA Tournament Push in Six Sports
Denver (11-3, 9-1) traveled to Villanova, PA to face the third-place BIG EAST Villanova Wildcats Wednesday. The Pioneers earned a hard-fought 11-10 overtime victory. The win assured Denver the regular-season conference title tiebreaker, margin of victory, against Georgetown (10-1, 9-1). Denver is now the #1 seed for the BIG EAST Tournament. Continue reading Denver Clinches Big East Title with Overtime Win at Villanova, 11-10
This past weekend, DU Women’s Lacrosse (12-1, 10-0) celebrated senior day and swept Villanova 18-10 and 19-9 to complete an undefeated BIG EAST regular season 10-0. The Pioneers will advance to the conference tournament as the #1 seed. But before then, they will have the opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season this Thursday at Peter Barton Stadium against the CU Buffs in non-conference play. Continue reading Weekend Update: Pioneers Continue Winning Ways