It was 2018 when Denver skiing won their 24th national NCAA title. Denver hockey secured their 8th title during the 2016-2017 season. In 2015, head coach Bill Tierney led Denver to its first men’s lacrosse NCAA championship. By recent DU standards, a three-year championship drought is too long and it begs the question of which team will win the athletic department’s next national title and when?
Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.
It is #1Day4DU again and time to consider an annual gift to the University of Denver and, especially, any number of our successful women’s athletic programs. Head volleyball coach Tom Hogan sums it up best: “Our entire athletic department is still recovering from the financial losses we incurred during the COVID year, and every team has been impacted in one way or another through reduced budgets. It’s critical to our long-term competitiveness that we get back our financial footing, so that we can compete with top tier division one programs, and provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes.” Continue reading #1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics
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.
Clearly, the Pioneers (14-3) and the Coyotes (16-6, 13-3) were the class of the Summit League this season and it was fitting that the two teams met to determine the best conference team with the winner going to the NCAA Tournament. It was also appropriate that the Denver and South Dakota Summit League Volleyball Championship match went to a fifth and deciding set between two evenly matched squads. Denver took the first two games of the match, one in extra points. South Dakota counterpunched with two straight games, both in extra points. Of course, the deciding game went to extra points as well, 14-12, South Dakota.
Both of DU’s lacrosse teams remain undefeated in Big East play with three more wins. DU’s women’s soccer and volleyball cemented regular season Summit League Championships. Men’s and women’s tennis won their weekend tilts and DU golfers heated up courses out west during non-conference play. Gymnastics is still in play for a national championship. Sometimes we take all this for granted but Denver teams keep piling up spring wins with a combined record of 61-16-1.
Denver posted a decisive 3-0 win Friday over the UMKC Roos to set up the conference-deciding Saturday night match at Swinney Center. Denver clinched the Summit League regular-season title Saturday evening with a dominant 3-0 victory over the Roos by the score of 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 (3-0).
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Men’s soccer (4-2) had an important road sweep in Kansas City as DU defeated the Roos 4-1 and 1-0. Jacob Stensson had two goals and an assist in game one and the game winning assist on Kengo Ohira’s game winner in game two. Continue reading Weekend Update: DU Women’s Teams Lead Weekend of Sweeps
Some games were played this past weekend while others were canceled or postponed as a heavy, wet spring storm rolled into Denver. The men’s lacrosse game against #4 Georgetown on Saturday at Peter Barton Stadium was moved to tomorrow afternoon. Women’s volleyball took to the court Friday evening at Hamilton Gym against South Dakota but their second match, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed. Men’s soccer against Omaha on the road was postponed. Women’s Tennis in Macomb, Illinois was postponed. Continue reading Wintry Weekend Update: Games Played & Postponed
DU was on both ends of the broom this weekend.
Denver volleyball (9-1) swept North Dakota on the road 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-14) and 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-21) to go 9-1 in the Summit League. Denver women’s soccer (8-1, 8-0) swept North Dakota State University at Diane Wendt Field by scores of 1-0 and 3-0. Sami Feller’s header won the first match at 62:10 while three players scored goals in match two for the sweep. Denver men’s soccer (2-2) was swept by Oral Roberts 1-0 and 1-0 at Diane Wendt Field. Denver could only get four shots-on-goal in 180 minutes of play.