Lacrosse’s roots run deep in the cultural tradition of the Native American Iroquois people. The Iroquois inhabited what is now New York, Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the Northeastern US and the lower parts of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Eventually, the sport was modified and played by the Plains Indians as well. Lacrosse is seen by many Native Americans as a gift by their Creator and a way to generate a spiritual connection with their Spirit. Continue reading Native American lacrosse tribute would meet with universal support
- How do you replace gymnast superstar Nina McGee? Just sign-up one of the best Freshman in the country. DU’s Maddie Karr posted the highest score at the Crimson & Gold meet in three events – 9.850 on vault, a 9.900 on the floor and a 9.950 on the beam.
When Denver centerback Kortne Ford (above/Photo by David Grooms) carved open the Clemson backline to convert Alex Underwood’s cross to score the game-winning goal in Dec.2’s NCAA Soccer Quarterfinal with a minute left in the game to book a first-ever DU berth in the College Cup, it set off a big celebration for every Pioneer fan.
I would argue that it may have been one of DU’s greatest collegiate sporting achievements of all time. Here’s why: Continue reading Puck Swami: Is the men’s soccer team making the 2016 College Cup DU’s greatest sporting achievement?
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Announced Monday morning (May 3) Denver women’s lacrosse will join its male counterparts in the BIG EAST conference effective immediately in the 2017 season. The Pioneers become the tenth team alongside Butler, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Temple, Vanderbilt, and Villanova competing in the BIG EAST. Continue reading Women’s Lacrosse to Join BIG EAST in 2017
Denver (9-9) hung close to undefeated USC (18-0) in the first half but the Trojans scored four unanswered goals to start the second half and blew the game wide open.
Denver drew first blood at 24:41 on a fast break goal by Elizebeth Behrens. USC tied the match on a free shot by Cynthia Del Core at 19:39 to even the score, 1-1. A minute later, DU’s Nicole Martindale gave Denver the lead again, 2-1. Denver called a timeout at the 16:03 as the momentum begun to shift to the Trojans and DU fouls started to give USC numerous penalty shots. DU junior goalie Maddie Stevenson held up to the mounting pressure. At 12:57, after a long DU offensive possession USC gained control and created a fast break goal by Amanda Johanson to tie the contest. Six minutes later, USC scored again on a Johanson assist to Cynthia Del Core. Layne Vorhees fouled at 7:05 set up a penalty draw and goal by the Trojans Amanda Johanson – and a 3-2 SC lead. At the 2:00 minute mark, USC’s Gabby McMahon scored to double SC’s lead. Martindale countered for DU with only six seconds left to close out the opening frame 4-3, Trojans. Continue reading USC Runs Away from DU 10-5
Thanks to Thursday night’s victory over UC-Davis, DU Women’s Lax will advance to the MPSF semifinals against undefeated USC (17-0).
So what do we know about USC?
It’s a private football school that also offers academics. One of their football coaches was removed because he was drinking before, during, and after games. O.J. went there. Most students go there because it is easier to spell than UCLA. The University neighborhood is known as Fortress USC – with an accompanying high crime rate. Want a job in LA? It is known as the ‘University of Special Connections’ – which is better than its other nickname, ‘the University of Spoiled Children’. Continue reading Preview: DU Women’s Lax Gets USC in Semis
DU demolished UC-Davis, behind a 41 minute run, to avenge an earlier defeat against the Aggies to advance to the MPSF semifinals tomorrow night.
UC-Davis drew first blood at 27:40. Denver responded 40 seconds later with a goal by Sarah Kasun with an assist from Nicole Martindale to tie the score. UC-Davis’ Sam Axenroth made it 2-1 at 25:56. DU knotted the score 2-2 on Audrey Schreck’s penalty shot. Denver took their first lead, 3-2, on a nifty shot from Casey White – a lead DU would never relinquish. Early in the game, UCD was putting pressure on Reece and double-teaming Nicole Martindale so the pair were looking for assists. However, a free position strike by Reece doubled the score to make it 4-2. That goal seemed to open the flood gates for the scoring duo. Elizebeth Behrins made an unassisted goal to make it 5-2 on a low shot into the net. Denver won the draw and kept the pressure on the Aggies and extended the lead on a Christa Reece goal assisted by Audrey Schreck. Then, at 7:25 Martindale scored again to make it 7-2. Once again, Denver took control of a loose ball and Reece made it a hat trick to extend DU’s lead to 8-2 with 1:12 to go in the first half. The half ended 8-2 with DU enjoying a 7-goal run. Denver got off 17 shots to UC-Davis’ 11. Continue reading DU Crushes UC-Davis – Advances to MPSF Semis
Photo: By Jeremy Papasso, buffzone.com Feb 12, 2016
As DU women’s lacrosse (#5 seed) heads to Palo Alto for a Thursday night’s game against UC-Davis (#4 seed), they face the unenviable task of winning 3 games in three days to secure the tournament win and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Denver Women’s Lax: MPSF Tournament Preview
The red hot DU women’s lax team is headed to Palo Alto, California with the wind at their backs to begin the MPSF playoffs Thursday night. The Pioneers (8-8, 5-4 MPSF) received yet another break when they moved up to the 5th seed, avoiding a first round showdown with #3 Colorado and then, tournament host – #2 Stanford. Continue reading The Team No One Wants to Play – #WhyNotDUWLAX
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Denver women’s lacrosse (#5, 5-4 MPSF) traveled to Eugene, Oregon and downed the the Oregon Ducks (#6, 4-4 MPFS) 11-9 to earn an automatic berth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoffs in Stanford, California April 28th – May 1st. The increasingly dangerous Pioneers finished their league season by winning 3 in a row. The final remaining league games will determine seeding for the tournament. Continue reading Surging Pioneers Down Ducks