Category Archives: Women’s Sports

DU Crushes UC-Davis – Advances to MPSF 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

The Team No One Wants to Play – #WhyNotDUWLAX

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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

Holywood’s Heroes – Carty and McIlroy

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4,395 miles marks the distance Jessica “Jess” Carty traveled to pursue her collegiate golf career from her hometown Holywood, Northern Ireland to Denver, Colorado. Holywood is located outside of Belfast and has a population of just over 12,000 people, including Carty and current PGA and the world’s #3 ranked golfer Rory McIlroy. Continue reading Holywood’s Heroes – Carty and McIlroy

Surging Pioneers Down Ducks

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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

Helmets for Women? Why Not

In Florida, state officials issued their first-ever requirement for girls to wear protective hard helmets in lacrosse. The changes have sparked a firestorm by players and coaches who believe the headgear requirement is unnecessary. Already, modified girls rules attempt to limit physical contact. Ultimately, assuming current women’s rules of play remain the same in women’s college lacrosse, should helmets become an NCAA requirement for women’s college lacrosse? Continue reading Helmets for Women? Why Not

Nina McGee Takes Texas, Title & Makes History

Photo: From the top of the podium, Gymnast Nina McGee captures the moment.

Gymnast Nina McGee achieved a DU first when she became an NCAA champion on floor. While competing in the NCAA Championship all-around, she captured the top score on her bread and butter floor exercise and captured Denver’s first ever gymnastics title. Competing as an individual entrant, she took on gymnasts from the nation’s best programs such as  Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, and UCLA and earned the top step to a standing ovation from the crowd in Fort Worth, Texas.

From all accounts she became a clear crowd favorite as she worked through the all-around rotations culminating in her remarkable floor routine.

Her back story includes a 5-year battle overcoming serious injuries through raw determination and her eventual climb to the top of collegiate gymnastics. The All-American gymnast must now be considered among DU’s greatest individual athletes ever. Continue reading Nina McGee Takes Texas, Title & Makes History

Gymnast Nina McGee Goes for Texas-Sized Achievement

Denver’s toughest athlete is set to compete against the nation’s best.

DU gymnast Nina McGee will be heading to Fort Worth later this week to compete in the women’s NCAA Gymnastics championships as an individual qualifier. Unlike many other competitions, McGee will be traveling to the event without any of her teammates. She will be a contender for the national all-around championship after finishing 11th overall last year. The championships will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, April 15-16. Continue reading Gymnast Nina McGee Goes for Texas-Sized Achievement

DU’s Toughest Athlete, Nina McGee Might be the Best Ever

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DU athletic teams are loaded with great athletes in their respective sports. But the toughest athlete at DU is senior gymnast Nina McGee. As the Denver Post reported a year ago, McGee performs with two rods that run from from her knees to her ankles. Her severe shin splints were caused by stress fractures of the tibia in both legs. That put her athletic career in jeopardy. After consultation with medical experts and coaches, the decision was made to insert metal rods to support the tibia in both legs from the knees to the ankles. Continue reading DU’s Toughest Athlete, Nina McGee Might be the Best Ever