Category Archives: Men’s Lacrosse

CCBLL eyes big picture aspirations following successful first season

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“10 years, the final will be on ESPN,” Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) Commissioner Niko Blankenship jokingly interjected during an interview with league founder and University of Denver men’s lacrosse offensive coordinator Matt Brown. Continue reading CCBLL eyes big picture aspirations following successful first season

Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

After a year that saw the University of Denver athletic department experience a few exciting firsts…and an astounding, much-needed eighth, the Pioneers, DU’s men’s sports specifically, were properly recognized for a strong showing over the course of the year. As Florida topped LSU in the Men’s College World Series earlier this week, the 2016-17 NCAA Division I calendar came to an end. After the dust settled and the points were tallied, the DU men finished in the top five, number four to be exact, of the men’s Capital One Cup standings for the first time ever. Continue reading Pioneers reach unprecedented heights, finish in top 5 of Capital One Cup standings

UTAH GOES NCAA D-I IN MEN’S LAX: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR DU?

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You may (or may not) have noticed yesterday that the University of Utah announced it would start a Division I Men’s Lacrosse program in 2018-2019.  In doing so, the Utes will become the western-most school to offer NCAA D-I men’s lacrosse, thus displacing DU (and Air Force) as the current westernmost schools to field D-I men’s lacrosse programs. Continue reading UTAH GOES NCAA D-I IN MEN’S LAX: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR DU?

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

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LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

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Faceoff specialists have been traditionally designated as “faceoff get-off” players, hence the FOGO acronym, but the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse phenom Trevor Baptiste has completely redefined the position in his first three years at DU. Continue reading Beast Baptiste the New Era of Faceoff Specialist

Tierney’s fire benefits Denver and all of college lacrosse

Photo: DU’s Connor Donahue makes a spectacular ‘no goal’ dive in the waning seconds of DU’s 9-8 loss to Maryland. (Courtesy: Denver Post)

Emotions exploded on the sidelines at the end of the Maryland – Denver semifinal NCAA match as a last second goal was called off on a Denver crease violation. The call was correct and so was the same call on Maryland seconds earlier. Matt Brown raged at the officials and an emotionally spent Bill Tierney, who was working the officials all game long, pulled him back.

Game over, season over. The best team won. Continue reading Tierney’s fire benefits Denver and all of college lacrosse

Two Pioneers picked in first three rounds of Major League Lacrosse draft

A day after the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team had their hearts broken after Connor Donahue’s last minute diving goal was waved off because he landed in the crease, Major League Lacrosse, the professional outdoor lacrosse league, held its annual Collegiate Draft. The event took place in Boston and featured a number of college lacrosse’s best players, including two of Denver’s standouts this year. Continue reading Two Pioneers picked in first three rounds of Major League Lacrosse draft

Furious comeback waved off in last minute as Pioneers fall one win short of National Championship

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  — As former Philadelphia Phillies baseball all-star outfielder Gary Maddox once memorably said after dropping a fly ball that cost the Phillies the National League pennant in 1977, “God answers all prayers, but sometimes, the answer is ’no.’“ Continue reading Furious comeback waved off in last minute as Pioneers fall one win short of National Championship

Back to Mass.: Full Circle for DU’s sole New Englander Connor Donahue

There’s only one Massachusetts native returning to home soil for Championship Weekend of the 51 players on the University of Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team. Junior attack turned midfielder Connor Donahue of Groton, Massachusetts will be playing on the field and have exclusive access to the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, a dream of any New Englander. Continue reading Back to Mass.: Full Circle for DU’s sole New Englander Connor Donahue

LetsGoDU to Report on Lax Final Four – Live From Boston

Our very own Puck Swami has departed Denver for Boston to cover the 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium.

The Pioneers will be going for their second national lacrosse championship with a #5 seed (13-3). Denver starts Saturday afternoon, 12:30 pm MT, against the #1 seed Maryland Terrapins. Swami will be providing live coverage for LetsGoDU of the events on the ground. If you want to know what is really going on at the NCAA Lacrosse National Championships, follow the action with Swami at www.letsgodu.com or get live real-time updates on twitter – @LetsGoDU. And, of course, LetsGoDu Facebook.