This weekend students returned to campus and 900 fans filled CIBER Field Friday night. The crowd witnessed a tight match between DU men’s soccer and Evansville. In the first half, Denver used a corner kick, initiated by Lukas Fisher, that Trevor Wright tucked into the net with four minutes remaining in the period. Denver controlled the second half, outshooting the Purple Aces 7-4 for the match, and held on for the 1-0 win. Continue reading Soccer Teams Go 3-1, Volleyball 2-0 in Weekend Tilts
Women’s soccer (5-1) split a pair of matches. The Pios waxed Kansas State at DU soccer stadium, 3-1 Thursday evening. Denver had goals from three different players – Riley Baker, Natalie Beckman (of course) and Sydney Sharp. That makes back-to-back Power-Five wins against Utah (Pac-12 ) and Kansas State (Big 12). On Labor day, the Denver backline had a rough first half against the visiting Mustangs from Southern Methodist University (SMU), allowing three goals in a fifteen-minute span, to trail 3-0. In a strange game dominated by the Pios, Denver outshot the visitors 21-3 and 7-3 shots-on-goal (DU also had an ‘own goal) for the entire contest but Mustangs made all their shots count and won the game, 4-2. Continue reading Denver Goes 4-2-1 on the Weekend
Less than two months after the return of full-capacity crowds at Denver-area sporting events, the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant has caused the return of certain restrictions to Denver area arenas and stadiums. Continue reading Covid-19 Restrictions Begin at Denver Athletics Events
It was a great week for Denver fall sports while going two-for-three against the Pac 12. Continue reading Denver Conquers Pac-12 Foes
I have a confession to make:
Like most of us spoiled Pioneer fans, women’s volleyball is not in my top handful of DU sports to watch. I know DU Coach Tom Hogan does a great job with what he has and the team is almost always a Summit League champion (or a contender for that title), but it seems like that’s been the ceiling on the program for a while now. Beating South Dakota may be a good volleyball feat, but doing that is probably not going to move the needle very much at University and Asbury. To get average Joe fans like me interested in watching volleyball more regularly, DU probably needs to win beyond the Summit League level and become a national level, top-25 kind of program (as many of DU’s sports already are). Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Goes Hollywood, Stuns USC in Volleyball
Start with the good news. Denver is returning to the court this season with a loaded roster. Now, the bad news. So is defending Summit League champion, South Dakota. While Omaha and UMKC are also likely to make noise this season in conference play, this may be the most competitive volleyball season ever for the Summit League title. Continue reading Denver Volleyball Season Preview – Pios Look to Take the Next Step with Loaded Roster
Denver men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball fall conference schedules have been released by the Summit League. Continue reading Summit League Releases Fall Athletic Schedules
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