Another big collegiate sports calendar capped the final weekend before entering March. Denver had more wins than losses as the weather and schedules continue to heat up. Continue reading Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse & Hockey Highlight Weekend Results
Two nights ago, it was Denver Hockey that used a 5-goal explosion in the second period to beat archrival Colorado College. Two days later, in the first of Denver Athletics’ massively busy Gameday Saturday, it was Denver Men’s Lacrosse (4-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) that used a 17-goal first-half explosion to beat BIG EAST opponent Providence (1-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) by a final score of 23-10. The first half alone cemented this game as Denver’s biggest, most productive game offensively so far this year thanks, in part, to Jackson Morrill (4g, 3a) and Alex Simmons (3g, 4a) each accounting for 7 points. Continue reading Pioneers Use 17-Goal First Half to Cruise to Second-Straight BIG EAST Victory
DU Athletics moved forward at a frenetic pace this past weekend with ten teams taking to the fields, courts and slopes. COVID-19 has compressed several fall and winter sports into the spring season and, with the exception of hockey, most of Denver’s athletic department was in action. Here are the weekend highlights: Continue reading Ten DU Teams Compete in Busy Winter Weekend
Jack Hannah scored (No. 7) Denver’s (1-2) first goal forty seconds into the game before the (No. 4) North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0) rained goals on the Pioneers in the first quarter, nine in all. North Carolina used the first quarter blitzkrieg to coast past DU in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Continue reading Carolina Leaves Pioneers Feeling Blue, 24-13
A week ago, a one-goal first half against Utah nearly spelled disaster for the #7 Denver Pioneers (1-1) in a 9-8 thriller victory. Today, though, against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (1-0), in the first of DU’s two games in North Carolina, it was a two-goal second half – the product of a stout Duke defense and a lack of urgency from the crimson and gold attackers – that contributed to a blown halftime lead and a 12-10 loss, their third straight against Duke, for the Pioneers at the hands of the best team in the country in Durham. Continue reading #7 Denver’s Offense Goes Cold in Second Half as Pioneers Fall to #1 Duke
The turning point may have been Ethan Walker’s third-quarter man-down goal that gave the #5 Denver Pioneers (1-0) their first lead of the day but it was the balance of halftime adjustments by head coach Bill Tierney and offensive coordinator Matt Brown that helped the Pioneers turn a 3-1 halftime deficit against the Utah Utes (0-1) into a 9-8 season-opening victory at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. It wasn’t exactly the kind of game that Tierney and the Pioneers expected to play, especially in the first half, to open the season but an eight-goal second half thanks to six different Pioneer scorers and a strong defensive performance propelled the Pioneers. Continue reading Pioneers Ride Explosive Second Half, Ethan Walker Hat Trick to Season-Opening 9-8 Thriller Over Utah
The most prolific faceoff specialist in NCAA lacrosse is eyeing a spring transfer to the University of Denver for the 2021 season, according to US Lacrosse Magazine. Ierlan picked up an additional season of eligibility due to COVID-19 and is said that he was ‘intrigued’ by the idea of joining fellow former Yalies Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler at Denver after entering the transfer portal. Ierlan, the best faceoff man in the history of college lacrosse, based on win percentage (see below, and yes, better than Trevor Baptiste), is intent on transferring from Yale if the Ivy League skips this season of play due to COVID-19. Should the Ivies decide to play this spring, Ierlan may withdraw his name from the portal and decide to stay at Yale. Continue reading TD Ierlan, Nation’s Top Faceoff Specialist, Plans to Transfer to Denver
#7 Denver Men’s Lacrosse opens its season in nine days against Utah. Yes, you read that right. Denver Men’s Lacrosse opens its season in nine days. Where has the time gone? Well, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, for starters, and time is really nothing more than a social construct but I digress. What really matters here is Denver Men’s Lacrosse officially unveiled its full schedule today that features four non-conference games, two at home and two on the road, and a 10-game ’round-robin” style BIG EAST schedule.
DU’s full schedule is below: Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2021 Schedule, features BIG EAST ‘Round Robin’
- While DU may not be the Harvard of the west, Denver is quickly becoming the Yale of the Rockies. DU already added lacrosse transfers Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler from Yale and last week, DU Hockey head coach David Carle followed in Bill Tierney’s footsteps and added grad transfer goalie Corbin Kaczperski to the roster. Kaczperski will start classes at DU in the spring which makes him eligible to begin playing for the Pios in December when the NCHC Pod begins.
- Staying with hockey, the Pioneers were picked to finish 2nd in the NCHC behind only North Dakota by media members from around the conference and country. The full preseason poll is just below:
After much of the country had called it a night yesterday, Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse reported that one of the most coveted graduate transfers in the portal – All-American Yale attackman Jackson Morrill – had made his decision on where to play for his final year of eligibility. Xanders reported that Morrill had defied the predictions and decided to come west to play at Denver. In Morrill, the Pioneers add not only the 2nd-best transfer in the portal – 2020 Tewaaraton frontrunner Michael Sowers was #1 and he chose Duke – but they gain the 2nd-ranked scorer in Yale history (220 points on 113 goals). Continue reading Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale