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
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
Perhaps it was appropriate that DU wore black uniforms to end its 2021 season on a funereal note, as the Pioneers learned first hand that there is a reason that the University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won more than half of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships ever awarded (21 of the 38!).
That reason is talent. Continue reading North Carolina Ends Denver Women’s Soccer Season, 2-0 in NCAA Second Round
In first-round NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament action, Denver (17-2-1, 14-1-1) women’s soccer defeated Loyola Chicago (8-2-1, 6-1-1) in Matthews, NC. It was an opportunistic Denver team that capitalized on scoring opportunities after falling behind early. Continue reading Denver Defeats Loyola Chicago, 3-1, in NCAA First Round Tournament Match
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
This season, the NCAA is consolidating the Division I Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships by having all 48 women’s teams and all 36 men’s teams compete in Cary, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Denver men’s and women’s soccer were assigned their first-round opponents Monday. Continue reading DU Soccer Teams headed to North Carolina for NCAA Tournaments
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
Denver men’s (6-2-0) and women’s (15-1-1, 14-1-1) soccer teams are on the verge of securing two NCAA bids this weekend. Continue reading Omaha Standing between Denver Soccer and Two NCAA Bids