USA and Canada opened up the World Lacrosse Men’s Championship in San Diego last night. It was a DU homecoming of sorts with TD Ierlan, Danny Logan, and Trevor Baptiste playing for the US. Newly minted Denver head coach Matt Brown led Team Canada which featured former DU star at attack Wesley Berg, who famously scored the overtime snipe against Notre Dame in the semifinals to send the Pioneers to their first-ever national title game in 2015, as well as current Pio Casey Wilson. Following a knotted first half, Team USA stymied the Canucks in the second half to forge a 7-5 win.
The [#9] University of Denver (10-5, 4-2) played #1 seed [#8] Georgetown Saturday afternoon for the BIG EAST title on Valley Fields at Marquette University. It was no contest as Georgetown racked up seven straight goals to open the game and never looked back. Ultimately, did Denver do enough to qualify for an at-large bid following the nine-goal loss? Continue reading Georgetown Dominates DU 14-5 – Does Denver Make the NCAA Tournament Cut?
#2 seed [#9] Denver men’s lacrosse (10-4, 5-1) traveled back to Milwaukee to face #3 seed Villanova at Valley Fields Thursday night. Denver soundly defeated the Wildcats, 16-9. Denver is playing their best lacrosse at the best time in earning their sixth consecutive win. With the win, Denver may have ensured their place in the NCAA Tournament, depending on the outcome of other conference tournament games. Earlier in the day, #1 seed Georgetown pounded Providence 19-8. A win Saturday in the BIG EAST Tournament final would remove all doubt about post-season play if Denver can defeat Georgetown for the conference auto bid. Continue reading Denver Defeats Villanova 16-9, Headed to BIG EAST Championship Game
Denver men’s lacrosse (9-4, 4-1) owned nearly all the key statistics in regulation against Marquette Friday night in Milwaukee. The Pioneers led Marquette in shots-on-goal, ground balls, clears and faceoffs. Yet, the Pioneers were forced into a four-minute overtime in Milwaukee. Finally, DU’s Stephen Avery gave DU the game-winner with 1:26 remaining in OT and the Pioneers win, 15-14. The win gives Denver the number two seed at the BIG EAST Tournament next weekend on the same field.
The Denver Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams’ respective regular seasons will conclude this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Marquette Golden Eagles. The men take to Valley Field tonight at 5:00 pm MT and the women take on MU at 11:00 am MT Saturday morning. With wins, DU Women’s lacrosse can secure the BIG EAST regular season title while the men can cement a #2 seed for the BIG EAST tournament. Continue reading Marquette Weekend Lacrosse Games Critical for Denver Men & Women
#10 Denver men’s lacrosse (8-4, 3-1) put away a sloppy Providence team on Senior Night at Peter Barton Stadium, 13-6. The Friars lost track of the ball 12 times and were forced into turnovers seven more times on a brisk Rocky Mountain evening. The Pioneers reeled in seven more ground balls than Providence, creating extra possessions and stalling offensive opportunities for the visitors who appeared to still be operating in a different time zone. In a week that featured Matt Brown as DU’s future head coach, it was Coach Bill Tierney’s defense that turned up the heat in the first half – holding the visitors to only two goals. Not to be outdone, the Pioneers scored a host of seven straight goals in Brown’s offense. The Denver ‘D’ capped the night with a length-of-the-field goal by defender Jimmy Freehill, 13-6. Continue reading Denver Bounces Sloppy Providence Under the Lights, 13-6
It was only a matter of time until the University of Denver was going to make this move and three months after legendary head coach Bill Tierney announced his retirement from lacrosse, the Pioneers have finally made the obvious move official in an announcement today: current offensive coordinator and associate head coach Matt Brown will be the program’s next head coach of DU men’s lacrosse.
Brown’s introductory press conference will take place at 1 p.m. MT on Thursday in the Gottesfeld Room inside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. Continue reading BREAKING: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Names Matt Brown its Next Head Coach
It’s been a very busy spring in Division I lacrosse as multiple D-I schools will join new conferences next season, as the Atlantic 10 has just added lacrosse as a sponsored men’s sport, forcing two other conferences, the Northeastern Conference (NEC) and the Southern Conference (SoCon), to drop lacrosse for men for next season, as both conferences lost members to the A-10. Continue reading Conference Realignment Hits Division I Men’s Lacrosse
It was a forgettable season for DU men’s lacrosse (9-6, 4-1 BIG EAST) as they skidded to an unremarkable close Friday afternoon against Villanova in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. The 15-14 defeat defied the saying, “objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” The game really wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate as another conference tournament collapse brought DU’s season to an end. Continue reading BIG EAST Flameout Extinguishes Season for Denver Men’s Lacrosse
Both Denver men’s and women’s lacrosse programs have their respective BIG EAST conference tournaments this weekend. The women will be fighting for a potential home-field advantage in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – though the 12-10 loss to rival Colorado likely ended that opportunity – and the men are fighting for their postseason lives, hoping to just extend their season. One loss and their season is over. The action will take place this Thursday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for the women and Cooper Field (Georgetown) in Washington D.C.for the men. Continue reading Big Week Ahead For Denver Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse