Category Archives: Men’s Lacrosse

Denver Men’s Lacrosse faces classic trap game at Marquette

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post

Everything looks like smooth sailing for the #2 University of Denver Pioneers. Following a 12-2 thumping of Providence last weekend at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium and a certain #1 seed for the BIG EAST tournament, the final regular season game against Marquette (6-6, 2-2 Big East) feels almost anticlimactic. Denver coasted to their 4th straight conference #1 seed and still have never lost in regular season BIG EAST play. Add to that, the Pioneers are assured of facing the Golden Eagles again the following week in the Big East tournament semifinals at Villanova.

This is the classic trap game. Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse faces classic trap game at Marquette

NCAA nixes early lacrosse recruiting to the benefit of all

The Changing the Game organization has it right. Their slogan? “Return youth sports to children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’”  One of the big issues facing young athletes is ‘early recruiting’ – in every NCAA sport.

Lacrosse has been one of the primary culprits. Over the last decade, the college recruiting process has been trending earlier and earlier on an annual basis with 13 and 14-year-old players getting coaching visits and offers. A recently approved proposal applies exclusively to the sport of lacrosse and not other NCAA sports.  Continue reading NCAA nixes early lacrosse recruiting to the benefit of all

Pioneers clinch #1 seed in BIG EAST Tournament with Senior Day win over Providence

Photo courtesy Tom McCaffrey/DU Athletics

There’s still one week left in the regular season, but the #2 University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team now knows it will be the #1 seed for the BIG EAST Conference Tournament in Providence. Thanks to a 12-2 victory over the only team that could catch them in the standings and the hosts of the conference tournament, the Providence College Friars. Continue reading Pioneers clinch #1 seed in BIG EAST Tournament with Senior Day win over Providence

Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch

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Pace is defined as the rate of movement or progress. Fittingly enough, it is the surname of the University of Denver Pioneers’ meticulous senior midfielder Tyler Pace. Pace has been an integral component of Denver lacrosse’s lineup throughout his career for the Crimson and Gold. Continue reading Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch

Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

Photo: DU added more All-Americans this week following last week’s NCAA hockey national championship. DU athletics keeps turning the numbers at the Magness entry like an odometer.  

What an incredible week it has been for Denver sports.

The DU women’s gymnastics team finished 9th at the NCAA’s and garnered two All-Americans – star freshman Maddie Karr was named first team all-around and second team for vault and bars. Senior Julia Ross was named second team for the bars. To top it off,  senior Leah Lomonte was named the 2017 Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The future looks great with most of the team returning next season. Continue reading Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

Denver extends Big East winning streak, tops St John’s 18-12

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DU men’s lacrosse (9-2, 3-0 Big East) traveled to Queens, NY to play the St Johns Red Storm (1-11, 0-3) in an afternoon lacrosse game at DaSilva Memorial Field. The Pioneers used their typical formula to win the contest to win 18-12 with the trio of Trevor Baptiste, Conner Cannizzaro, and Ethan Walker leading the way for the Pioneers.  Continue reading Denver extends Big East winning streak, tops St John’s 18-12

Denver Coasts to a 16-11 Win over Nova

Photo: Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium Sunday afternoon

It was the 21st consecutive sellout at Peter Barton Stadium Saturday and a beautiful spring afternoon. Would the Pioneers (8-2, 2-0 Big East) be distracted after a late night of hockey viewing against Big East foe Villanova (6-5, 1-1 Big East)? Not exactly – they took a page out of Pioneer hockey handbook and followed their own ‘process’ – let Trevor Baptiste dominate. And dominate he did with 23 for 28 (82%) wins at the X. If that was not enough, he chipped in with three breakaway goals and collected an assist, too.

Continue reading Denver Coasts to a 16-11 Win over Nova

Trevor Baptiste Becomes DU’s Greatest Face-off Man, Leads Pios to 20-11 Big East win over Georgetown

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It was the Trevor Baptiste record-setting show, as the junior from Denville, N.J. set a DU career record and tied another to lead the Denver Pioneers to a 20-11 Big East League men’s lacrosse victory over the Georgetown Hoyas before a sellout crowd on a dreary gray day at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Baptiste became the University of Denver’s all-time face-off leader in just his junior year, setting the school record with 736 wins in passing DU legends Chase Carraro and Geoff Snider, going 26-for-30 on the day.  The possession advantage Baptiste created helped the Pioneers to season high 20 goal output, the most DU has scored since 2012.  The Pioneers had a balanced attack behind 11 different goal scorers, but the 4-goal, 5-assist assist performance from senior All American Connor Cannizzaro led the way offensively with nine points, moving him into a tie for 3rd place all time in DU scoring with Todd Dickson (199 points), and behind Mark Matthews (216 points) and Wes Berg’s 255 career points.

Baptiste also tied Ben Wahler’s 2008 school record with his 26 face-off wins on the day and moved into ninth place on the all time NCAA career lacrosse face-off winners list – incredible for a player only two-thirds of his way through his junior season. He also picked up 17 ground balls on the day, and even scored a goal.

“Baptiste was so tenacious,” said DU coach Bill Tierney of his face-off star after the game. “He did so many different moves against five different face off [opponents]…we’re glad he’s on our side.”

Indeed the only way the Hoyas could even slow Baptiste was to put all three long pole players into the face-off play, which Georgetown did in the second half.

The Pioneers (7-2 overall, 1-0 Big East) broke open a close 8-6 halftime lead with an eight goals, including seven unanswered in a dominant 11 minutes of the third quarter to  delight another sellout home crowd and put away the somewhat snakebit Hoyas, who fell to 2-8 on the season, and 0-1 in Big East pay.

“I was little emotional at halftime,” Tierney said, referring to what was likely a paint-peeling halftime address to his Pioneers, who were sloppy and sluggish with too many turnovers and some lazy play in the first half.  “We weren’t playing well in the first half, but we were scoring goals and winning face-offs…We needed to make sure we got a good convincing win and we did that.”

Besides Baptiste’s dominance at the X, Sophomore goalie Alex Ready woke up from a tough 3-save first half to make four third quarter saves to help change the momentum of the game to finish with seven saves on the day.

Daniel Buccaro was the top offensive bright spot for Georgetown, with a three goal hat trick to go with three assists on the day.

The Pioneers stay home in Denver this week to face Big East rival Villanova next Saturday at 12 pm MT.

Denver spoiled by individual riches

Take in a University of Denver athletic event and you are likely to see some of the finest collegiate athletes in the country.

Exaggeration, you say? Hardly.

Denver fans love to boast about having the best teams in the land – but only one program can “win it all” in any given sport in any given year. An equally tough accomplishment is coaching and playing at a consistently high level. Continue reading Denver spoiled by individual riches

Ohio State Buckeyes Thump DU Lax 16-7 in 3rd straight Spring Break Trip Debacle


Photo: University of Denver

For the last three seasons, the DU men’s lacrosse team has taken a road trip to kick off spring break week in middle of March, often when still in the midst of final exams at DU.

And all to start all three trips every year since 2015, DU has been promptly kicked in the teeth by opponents, the latest one today’s 16-7 pummeling at the hands of the 18th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

It reminds us well of last year’s 15-10 Spring Break beat down DU suffered at the hands of lower-ranked Penn State in Dallas in 2016, and the 13-11 DU loss to the Buckeyes in Columbus back in mid-March of 2015.

This year’s spring break debacle was far worse than the other two, though. Top-ranked DU was never in this game, falling behind 5-1 in the first quarter, and trailed 11-1 in the third quarter. The Pioneers did score some fourth quarter goals in garbage time to make the final 16-7 score seem even more respectable than the game actually was. DU goalie Alex Ready gave up 16 goals and only made six saves on the day, but it wasn’t all his fault, as DU suffered defensive breakdowns and a terribly sputtering offense for most of the day.

The Pioneers travel on to Towson, Md. next weekend, and let’s hope coach Tierney can right the ship.