A well-rested #2 Northwestern team (14-0), coming off two weeks of rest and preparation, caught a Denver team (16-2) with only two days of rest in the second-round NCAA tournament match in Evanston, Illinois. The Wildcats had the fresh legs and plenty of speed and talent to defeat Denver on their home field at Martin Stadium, 19-4.
Denver got a tough assignment against the undefeated Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 7-1) in an NCAA Tournament first-round match in Evanston, Illinois Friday afternoon. A 15 game winning streak by Denver made this game a compelling matchup. Something had to give and it was a rugged defense and timely goals that won the game for Denver. Continue reading Denver Women’s Lacrosse Stuns Undefeated Stanford, 15-13, in NCAA First Round
Denver Women’s Lacrosse, champions of the BIG EAST, plays Pac-12 champion Stanford (11-0, 7-0) in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament with the winner advancing to face #2 Northwestern. The teams are familiar foes as former members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Denver is 12-18 all-time against the Cardinal. Continue reading BIG EAST Champion Denver to Face Familiar Foe in NCAA Tournament
It was #15 Denver (15-1, 11-0) over UConn (12-6, 7-4) for the BIG EAST Tournament Championship and NCAA autobid. The Pioneers, winners of the BIG EAST regular-season title, used streaky goal scoring and strong defense to cap their conference title win at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. The BIG EAST Tournament title win is Denver’s first after three consecutive runner-up finishes. Continue reading Denver Smothers UConn to Win BIG EAST Title Game, 13-7
#1 Denver women’s lacrosse (14-1, 11-0) faced #4 Villanova (6-11, 4-7) in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament semifinal at Georgetown’s Cooper Field. The teams played a tight first 20 minutes but a 4-0 run gave Denver a 3-goal lead, 7-4. Eliza Radochonski’s three goals helped Denver build a first-half lead. Julia Gilbert bracketed Radochonski’s first-half effort with the first goal of the half to open the scoring and two of Denver’s final three goals. Gilbert’s final goal, two players up, gave Denver an 8-5 lead at the break. Brittany Bruno had three first-half tallies for the Wildcats.
A non-conference women’s lacrosse match started the three-day weekend with a victory and local bragging rights. DU women’s lacrosse (13-1, 10-0) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes at Peter Barton Stadium, 10-7, to avenge their only loss of the season. This may be head coach Liza Kelly’s best team in her 15 seasons at DU. Next up for the red hot squad is the BIG EAST Tournament in Washington D.C. and a semifinal match-up against Villanova Thursday at 2:30 pm MT. The championship is Saturday at 10:00 am MT. Continue reading Weekend Recap: Denver Begins NCAA Tournament Push in Six Sports
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
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
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
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.