Category Archives: Women’s Sports

Precise Shooting Triggers BC 13-8 NCAA Second-Round Win Over Denver

In a strange game, DU led in most statistical categories – shots (26-17), shots-on-goal (16-13), forced turnovers (22-10), clears (16-17 vs 17-22), and ground balls (14-8). How did BC win? They went a cool 13-13 on their shots on goal – nearly an impossible statistic to generate at this level of play. Continue reading Precise Shooting Triggers BC 13-8 NCAA Second-Round Win Over Denver

NIL: The Ten Ton Gorilla that Can’t and Won’t Be Caged

The devil you know is sometimes better than the one you don’t know – or so they say. Probably no organization in athletics, at least collegiate athletics, is more universally hated than the NCAA – with the SEC coming in a close second. In the latest Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) drama, according to an article by Sports Illustrated, college athletic directors are pleading with the NCAA to regulate and sanction schools with boosters who have struck deals with players to sign with their schools. Continue reading NIL: The Ten Ton Gorilla that Can’t and Won’t Be Caged

Big Week Ahead For Denver Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse

Both Denver men’s and women’s lacrosse programs have their respective BIG EAST conference tournaments this weekend. The women will be fighting for a potential home-field advantage in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – though the 12-10 loss to rival Colorado likely ended that opportunity – and the men are fighting for their postseason lives, hoping to just extend their season. One loss and their season is over. The action will take place this Thursday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for the women and Cooper Field (Georgetown) in Washington D.C.for the men. Continue reading Big Week Ahead For Denver Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse

Dominant DU Women’s Lacrosse Coasts to BIG EAST Regular Season Title

They are 30-3 over the past two seasons and their 16-8 road win at Villanova this past weekend guaranteed DU women’s lacrosse at least a share of the conference title – yet again. That now makes it three straight regular-season titles (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19). Sitting at #9 in the national rankings, Denver women’s lacrosse is on a tear, sitting at 14-1, 4-0 this season. They have outscored their opponents 196-118 and take 11 more shots per game. Continue reading Dominant DU Women’s Lacrosse Coasts to BIG EAST Regular Season Title

Denver Gymnastics Out at Regional Final, Thompson Advances

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

Well, Pioneer fans, this weekend wrapped up the gymnastics season for our beloved team, who had a strong finish after battling injuries all season. If anything, I hope LetsGoDU readers have learned more about these outstanding student-athletes and the grueling challenges of a collegiate gymnastics season. This past weekend, Denver competed at the Sweet 16 of gymnastics and finished fourth in the NCAA Auburn Regional meet, behind Florida, Auburn, and Kentucky. Florida ended the meet with the season’s highest score in the entire NCAA with a whopping 198.775. The top two teams from each of four regional meets advance to the NCAA National Championship. Denver improved their National Qualifying Score at the regional competition and ended the season ranked at #13. This DU team is just finding their stride after battling back from injuries and having to substitute-in athletes who would not otherwise have gotten spots in the lineup. I think if this were the halfway point of the season, Denver may have clawed its way into the team final NCAA Gymnastics Championships. But as it stands, only one Pioneer will be advancing to Nationals to compete for Crimson & Gold. Continue reading Denver Gymnastics Out at Regional Final, Thompson Advances

St. Thomas Athletic Facilities Expansion Plans Denied

Landlocked St. Thomas University was looking to expand its footprint in St. Paul, Minnesota as they approached the private Town and Country Club with an unsolicited offer. St. Thomas would pay the club $61.4 million for the purchase of their 96-acre golf course for hockey, baseball, and softball facilities as well as the future growth of the urban University. The Town & Country Club Board of Directors reviewed the offer and unanimously rejected the St. Thomas bid. Continue reading St. Thomas Athletic Facilities Expansion Plans Denied

Part 2: The End of Division I Athletics as We Know it Is Coming – But What about DU?

It’s safe to conclude that the current NCAA Division I designation as we currently know it is going to break apart. When? Who knows, but it’s going to happen much sooner than any of us, even the most cynical, can imagine. The University of Denver – owners of 11 of the past 12 Division I-AAA Directors Cups, 33 Division I national championships, and countless other conference titles – can hunker down and wait for the inevitable split but given the program’s proud history and desire to sustain that success, that would be a massive mistake. Continue reading Part 2: The End of Division I Athletics as We Know it Is Coming – But What about DU?

The End of Division I Athletics As We Know It Is Coming, Part 1

When we revived LetsGoDU seven years ago, we opened the blog with a number of articles about the progressive professionalization of college sports, the increasing power of the Power Five conferences, and the increasing power of student-athletes with less-restrictive transfer rules, cost-of-attendance stipends, and NIL (name, image & likeness) rights. Turns out, most everything we wrote about has come to pass and now, DU needs to face these changes head-on with a clear strategy. Continue reading The End of Division I Athletics As We Know It Is Coming, Part 1

Denver Battles Iowa State & Judges Cards in Big XII Action

Authored by LetsGoDU Contributor Jill Cattrysse-Larson

The #12 Pioneers gymnastics team beat #37 Iowa State on Sunday afternoon in Magness. Just like last week, this meet wasn’t about their competition at Magness, but about their national ranking. Although the Pioneers topped last week’s team score by seven-tenths of a point, the judges didn’t do them any favors. The Pios are attempting to climb back up the national rankings and dealing with some injuries to key athletes. If we compare Sunday’s performances to other teams around the NCAA, DU should have been scored at least four-tenths higher as a team. As it was, Denver won with a 196.850, ahead of Iowa State’s 195.775. Even though they improved their performances, Denver’s score was right at their season’s average, so ranking won’t change much this week.

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