Category Archives: Men’s Sports

More Denver Men’s Basketball Players Hit the Transfer Portal

The Denver men’s basketball roster continues to churn, almost daily.

Denver recently added new point guard Jordan Johnson (11.7 pts, 43.6% FG), a JUCO transfer from Hinds Community College. We reported on the additions of forward Mikey Henn (Portland) and shooting guards Payton Moore (Rice) and Kevin Hunt, Jr. (Moorehead State).  Denver also added guard freshman Coban Porter, younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. Current DU point guard Tealyr Gatlin withdrew his name from the transfer portal and will remain on the roster. Continue reading More Denver Men’s Basketball Players Hit the Transfer Portal

Denver Clinches Big East Title with Overtime Win at Villanova, 11-10

Denver (11-3, 9-1) traveled to Villanova, PA to face the third-place BIG EAST Villanova Wildcats Wednesday. The  Pioneers earned a hard-fought 11-10 overtime victory. The win assured Denver the regular-season conference title tiebreaker, margin of victory, against Georgetown (10-1, 9-1). Denver is now the #1 seed for the BIG EAST Tournament. Continue reading Denver Clinches Big East Title with Overtime Win at Villanova, 11-10

Weekend Update: Pioneers Continue Winning Ways

This past weekend, DU Women’s Lacrosse (12-1, 10-0) celebrated senior day and swept Villanova 18-10 and 19-9 to complete an undefeated BIG EAST regular season 10-0. The Pioneers will advance to the conference tournament as the #1 seed. But before then, they will have the opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season this Thursday at Peter Barton Stadium against the CU Buffs in non-conference play. Continue reading Weekend Update: Pioneers Continue Winning Ways

Denver Men’s Soccer Withdraws from NCAA Tournament Due to COVID-19

Denver is out and Omaha is in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols. DU and the Summit League announced Tuesday morning that the Pioneers are withdrawing from the tournament competition. Denver’s match against UNC Greensboro will now pit the Mavericks of Omaha against the UNC Greensboro Spartans on April 29th as the Summit League Representative. Continue reading Denver Men’s Soccer Withdraws from NCAA Tournament Due to COVID-19

Conference Championships Highlight DU’s Weekend

Over this past weekend, DU earned two NCAA Tournament soccer berths, one by the old-fashioned way and the other via a COVID shortened season. Also, Denver women’s swimming won the Summit League in Fargo, North Dakota. First place women’s and men’s lacrosse teams experienced overtime highs and lows on road trips but both remain in first place in the BIG EAST. Continue reading Conference Championships Highlight DU’s Weekend

Weekend Update: Denver Secures Regular Season Titles and in the Hunt for More

Like all Pioneer fans, it has been weird not seeing DU hockey in the NCAA Tournament over the past couple of weeks but DU did have yet another undefeated weekend in spring sports. There were plenty of big wins this past weekend and still lots of excitement remaining in this academic year. Continue reading Weekend Update: Denver Secures Regular Season Titles and in the Hunt for More

#5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Ethan Walker, Denver’s all-time points leader and 2nd-leading scorer in 2021, didn’t dress but it made no difference for a #5 Denver Pioneers (9-2, 7-0 BIG EAST) offense that scored 17 goals, 10 in the third quarter alone, against the #20 Villanova Wildcats (4-3, 4-3 BIG EAST). Jackson Morrill led the way with a hat trick while his former Yale teammate Lucas Cotler scored twice to account for half of Denver’s third-quarter offense on another perfect Colorado Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver added one more in the fourth to salt away the 17-10 victory and remain unbeaten in BIG EAST play. Continue reading #5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Can Denver Hockey Get Bigger this Summer?

It’s no secret that Denver looks for smart and talented hockey players that fit head coach David Carle’s style of high speed, high-skill transition hockey.  For many years now (pre-dating Carle’s tenure), DU has often featured small, fast, and shifty offensive players who can move and control the puck on the rush, through the neutral zone, and down low below the face-off dots. These speedsters are usually backed by a very mobile puck-moving defensive corps who can jump into the offensive zone and contribute on the scoresheet. It’s a system that typically works well for the Pioneers, as that speed and skill can create both open spaces and skill mismatches that can often compensate for a lack of size. 

Smaller players also tend to stay longer in college, and are often undrafted by the NHL, allowing a program such as DU to skate a more experienced lineup vs. teams who consistently lose talent early to pro contracts. Continue reading Can Denver Hockey Get Bigger this Summer?

Weekend Update: Heartbreak and Hope

It was a bittersweet several days for DU athletes and fans this week as Denver competed in season-ending competitions which, ultimately, were decided in their opponents’ favor. This is a reminder to all of us why athletic competitions can provide great exhilaration as well as gut-wrenching disappointment which oftentimes hinge on a single moment. In each case, Denver was positioned for success but came up just short.

Continue reading Weekend Update: Heartbreak and Hope