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While DU’s hockey and men’s lacrosse teams were busy dispatching their opponents in Denver this weekend, DU’s women’s tennis team traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to compete in the annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. They came away with a 4-3 win over Texas and it was valuable experience playing against some of the top teams in the country. Continue reading WATCH: DU Women’s Tennis competes at Blue Gray Tournament in Alabama
At this very moment on Feb. 20, 2017, for the first time in history, our two flagship sports, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, are both ranked #1 in the country in all the major polls of those two sports.
For our small private school in the Rockies with 5,500 undergrads and a budget 1/10th the size of some of the large D-I football powers, with our opponents spread out all over the country and requiring jet planes to get to 85% of DU away games, this is an astonishing, epic achievement.
Additionally, our men’s soccer team finished #3 in the country this fall. And our women’s gymnastics team is currently ranked #8 in the country, the highest the program has ever been ranked. And DU women’s lacrosse is undefeated this year and ranked #14/15 in the country. And our nationally ranked swim teams (#20 men’s and #26 women’s) just swept the podium in EVERY EVENT at the Summit League Championships last week.
I say all this because we need to take a moment to realize just how frickin’ good our athletics program is right now. No program in the country gets better performance for the buck than DU does. And now is the time to tell your friends from bigger schools that the Pioneers are on top of the country in two sports. Let’s hope both can end their seasons with a National Championship.
For those of us oldsters who remember the days when DU played hockey in a decrepit old WWII surplus naval drill hall and DU lacrosse played mostly clubs and small colleges on muddy fields in front of 50 people, we can only say how proud we are to see just how far DU has come as a national sports power.
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DU women’s lacrosse (3-0) returns to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for their 2017 home opener this Saturday against Louisville (3-0) at 3:00 pm, following the men’s lacrosse game against Duke. US Lacrosse Magazine has the Pioneers checking in at #16 nationally.
Why not stay for the second game Saturday and see two excellent women’s teams face off? Continue reading DU Womens’ Lacrosse opens new era in style
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- DU owns the winter. Hockey is ranked #1, Denver lacrosse is ranked #3 in the USILA poll and gymnastics is ranked #7 – their second highest ranking ever.
- DU hockey is loaded with talent. This week American hero Troy Terry was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the NCHC and Henrik Borgstrom Rookie of the Week.
- Promise to do the dishes every time Trevor Baptiste loses a lax faceoff battle.
- For readers of LetsgoDU – stop correcting my spelling and questionable fact checking and focus on my terrible grammar.
- Convince DU’s super soccer fan to finally shave his beard before DU loses another regular season game
- Give LetsGoDU’s Nick Tremaroli a special night at The Brown Palace with a hockey stick, a dozen pucks, and a hockey cable package.
- Challenge University Nebraska Omaha to a tractor pull so they could finally win something against DU.
- Be DU hockey announcer Jay Stickney – for just one day.
- Ask Rodney Billups to add the new slogan, “Yuge win” to the old standbys – “the strength of the team is the team”, “room for improvement” and “playing fast”.
- When Puck Swami donates 123 million to DU athletics, send him a personal, handwritten thank-you note.
- Stop Ryan Peck ‘s plan to ditch the North Texas mascot Scrappy the Eagle and replace him with Denver Boone.
- And always and forever be resolute and strong in the belief that CC sucks
*Extra Credit: In order to prepare for the Frozen Four in Chicago, DU’s team will hereafter be referred to as “da’ Pioneers”.
Inky Ajanaku had 18 kills, Kathryn Plummer added 16 and Stanford, led by four freshman starters, beat Texas 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-21 on Saturday night in the NCAA women’s volleyball Championship in Columbus, Ohio. The Cardinal (27-7) won 16 of their last 17 matches to complete an unlikely championship run with their four freshman starters: Plummer, Audriana Fitzmorris, Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz. Continue reading Stanford’s Championship Shows Pioneer Progress
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?