Denver Overcomes Slow Start to Win OT Thriller at UNC

Photo Credit: UNC Men’s Lacrosse

Just over a minute into overtime, star attackman Connor Cannizzaro took a feed from Jack Bobzien and rifled a shot bottom left past North Carolina goalie, Brian Balkam to give the No. 2 University of Denver Pioneers a 13-12 victory over the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels. Continue reading Denver Overcomes Slow Start to Win OT Thriller at UNC

Part 1. Longshot Conference Tournament Upsets Not Impossible

Photo: After a long wait, can the Pioneers reach the Summit?

We  can dream.

DU has not made the NCAA basketball tournament in 46 years of D1 play. Is this the year that luck, talent, fate and Summit Conference upsets open the door for a Pioneer appearance in March Madness?

  • DU will have to play (and win) three games in three straight days while the top seeds play 3 games in four days with an extra day of rest,
  • DU will be playing on the road – Sioux Falls, SD – with little or no fan support
  • DU (#6) will be playing against a higher seed which means they have to start out quickly with an upset against the 3 seed (UNO)
  • DU is young (3 Freshmen starters)
  • The Summit League is strong this season (11th Strongest RPI) so each game will be tough
  • Based on DU’s record, RPI, seed (#6), and league, if they did win the conference championship, they would likely be assigned to an NCAA  play-in game.

Continue reading Part 1. Longshot Conference Tournament Upsets Not Impossible

Denver Shuts Out Omaha, Earns 20th Victory for 15th Straight Year

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

For the 15th straight season, the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers won their 20th game. Tonight, the Pioneers shut out the No. 15 University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3-0 to complete the feat and extend their winning streak to 8. Continue reading Denver Shuts Out Omaha, Earns 20th Victory for 15th Straight Year

Denver Hockey’s Senior Sendoff

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Four years fly by when you play the sport you love with an exceptional program, create lifelong friendships with your teammates, and attend an institution that strives to help you find success following graduation. This is the reality for Denver hockey’s four seniors preparing to finish their collegiate hockey careers and enter the real world in the following months. Continue reading Denver Hockey’s Senior Sendoff

DU Hockey Mailbag: Senior Week

Photo Credit: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

We’ve reached the final week of the regular season. DU is tied with St. Cloud State for 2nd place and the 2nd seed in the NCHC. The Pios are 12-1-3 since the beginning of 2016 and are charging toward the postseason faster than any other team in college hockey. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: Senior Week

Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

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Puck Swami is the internet moniker of a long-time DU fan and alumnus. He shares his views periodically with LetsGoDU.

As I look back on the 2015-2106 DU basketball season, the operative phrase, at least for me, is “pleasant surprise.”

At 15-14, the Pioneers achieved a winning record and sixth-place finish in the regular season where the cognoscenti predicted a last-place (eighth place) finish for DU in the Summit League. It was a return to respectability with a very young, resilient team overachieving after last year’s 12-18 disappointment with a veteran lineup. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Men’s Basketball Regular Season Review

Denver vs. UNO: What to Expect

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

The No. 7 Denver Pioneers are scheduled to host the No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5th. The second meeting of 2016 between the Pioneers and Mavericks occurs with notable differences thanks to the discrepancy in recent results from both teams. Continue reading Denver vs. UNO: What to Expect

Superstitious Omaha Fans Fall Behind Slumping Squads

In the first half of the basketball and hockey seasons, the Mavericks were battling for the top spot in their leagues. Then, the teams settle into their respective slumps. Maverick hockey has just 3 wins in their last 10 games while the basketball squad went 5-5 down the stretch to blow any chance at the Summit league title.

On, diehard Maverick fans were interviewed about their gameday superstitions and what they will be doing this weekend to drive the Mavericks to victory against the Denver Pioneers in a 2-game hockey road trip and against DU in the first round of the Sioux Falls, S.D. Summit League basketball tournament. Continue reading Superstitious Omaha Fans Fall Behind Slumping Squads

Weird Formula – Denver Hoops

Lots of people like to argue whether DU plays the pure Princeton offense, a hybrid, or some other form of basketball unique to this planet. So, we looked at the stats for the entire NCAA field (351 teams) to see empirically what DU did on the floor this year.

Denver gets the ball on average 63.2 times per game (350/351) so it is not your imagination –  Denver does slow the game pace. This impacts DU’s high scoring defense standings(32/351) by only allowing their opponents 65 ppg.. Denver, in turn, only tallies 65.2 ppg. (318/351). Continue reading Weird Formula – Denver Hoops

It’s Time to Expand Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium

Photo Credit: University of Denver

In 2005, when the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium was built, it was hard to envision what would transpire over the course of the next decade. At the time, DU was still a fledgling 6 year old Division I lacrosse program. It hadn’t even made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament yet. Continue reading It’s Time to Expand Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium

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