Category Archives: Men’s Lacrosse

A Western Rivalry Rekindled: Denver & Notre Dame to write next postseason chapter

There’s history, there’s proximity, and there’s emotion. It’s more than fitting that the University of Denver Pioneers and No. 7-seeded University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish would cross paths in First Round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament to only deepen the storied, westernmost rivalry. Continue reading A Western Rivalry Rekindled: Denver & Notre Dame to write next postseason chapter

Big EAST Final Loss Sends Men’s Lacrosse Packing in NCAA First Round

Denver’s 8-3 Saturday loss to Georgetown cost the Pioneers a home playoff game in the First Round of the NCAA playoffs. Denver (12-3, 5-0) was nearly guaranteed a home first round game if they would have won the Big EAST Championship title game. Denver was on the RPI bubble but strength of schedule, both out-of-conference and in-conference,  further hurt their home field hopes. That, combined with DU’s league championship finals loss probably popped the home-field bubble in the minds of the selection committee.

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DU Weathers Marquette Surge, Wins 10-7 in Big East Semifinals

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DU (12-2, 5-0) finally stopped the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-8, 3-2) after a furious forth quarter rally which narrowed a 4-goal Pioneer lead to just one goal. However, timely goals by DU pushed the advantage back to two goals and, eventually,  an open net tally by DU’s Austin French put the final nail in the coffin and sent the Golden Eagles to defeat.

Denver started out fast with a 4-1 first quarter advantage. Marquette clawed back DU’s advantage by one goal over the next 15 minutes and the first half ended 5-3 in Denver’s favor. Denver extended their lead in the third quarter to make it 7-3  capped by a Danny Logan coast-to-coast goal with 6 seconds left in the 3rd period. But Marquette closed the gap after several untimely DU penalties and man-up advantages against Denver.   Continue reading DU Weathers Marquette Surge, Wins 10-7 in Big East Semifinals

Senior season cut short, Sean Mayle’s leadership prevails from the sideline

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Captains are selected based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to; experience, commitment, consideration and character. A captain isn’t necessarily the most talented or highest producer among the team, but rather, is a player who embodies the core values of the program and leads by example. For the University of Denver Pioneers, the 2018 captains are; second-year leader Trevor Baptiste, accompanied by classmates Connor Donahue and Sean Mayle. Continue reading Senior season cut short, Sean Mayle’s leadership prevails from the sideline

Pioneers clinch fourth straight BIG EAST regular season title, top seed heading into conference tournament

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Marquette goalie Cole Blazer once again played one of his best games in Denver making 14 saves but this time, it wasn’t enough. The #4 Denver Pioneers rode a balanced attack and a great performance from their own goalie, Josh Matte, to beat the Golden Eagles 7-4 and clinch their fourth straight BIG EAST regular season championship and enter next weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament as the top seed. Continue reading Pioneers clinch fourth straight BIG EAST regular season title, top seed heading into conference tournament

First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated

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Three steps. The University of Denver Pioneers follows a strategy of attempting to complete three separate postseason accomplishments which incrementally gain more importance and unite towards the ultimate prize, the national championship.  Continue reading First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated

Part Three : A questionable attack – The impact of Colton McCaffrey and Colin Rutan

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Perhaps the most pressing question entering the 2018 campaign for the University of Denver Pioneers was who would take over the position vacated by the accomplished and standout attackman, Connor Cannizzaro? Filling a position left by one of the most skilled players in modern lacrosse who was simultaneously a team leader posed a true challenge — but not one Denver’s program hadn’t previously faced. Continue reading Part Three : A questionable attack – The impact of Colton McCaffrey and Colin Rutan