Lax: Coaches Pick Denver

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Source: Lax Power

USILA 2016 Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll for Division I

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has announced its 2016 preseason Division I Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll. The rankings are shown below and will also appear soon on the Polls page, where you’ll find links to teams’ schedules.

Rk.   Team             Pts (1st)
 1    Denver           431  14                                                   
 2    Notre Dame       416   6                 
 3    Duke             393   1                 
 4    Maryland         365   1                 
 5    Johns Hopkins    340                 
 6    North Carolina   317
 7    Syracuse         311
 8    Virginia         302
 9    Yale             271
10    Brown            202
11    Ohio State       174
12    Albany           162
13    Georgetown       158
14    Loyola           153
15    Harvard          105                 
16    Towson           97
17    Cornell          94
18    Navy             56
19    Villanova        54
20    Stony Brook      50

Also receiving votes: Marquette, Colgate, Princeton, Penn State, Army, Penn, Fairfield, High Point, Hofstra, Bucknell, Boston U., Richmond, UMass, Marist

Stats Don’t Count? Go Figure

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Looking at the stats for the 60 D1 hockey programs one gains valuable insights as well as unexpected surprises.

Wouldn’t it be great if Trevor Moore and Danton Heinen were leading the nation in scoring? Surely, DU, or any team for that matter, would be one of the top teams in the country with a tandem of national scoring leaders. Well, not so fast. New Hampshire has the top two D1 scorers, forwards Andrew Poturalski and Tyler Kelleher, and they are not in the top 20. Continue reading Stats Don’t Count? Go Figure

Perfect 10 for DU Women Athletes

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Many of DU’s athletes compete in relative anonymity. Still, this year has shown some eye opening individual and team performances from DU women.

  • Gymnast Nina McGee, performing a floor exercise at a home event this weekend at Magness Arena, scored a perfect 10.  The DU team went on to defeat Southern Utah and West Virginia.
  • Paige Bradley, a senior guard, scored her 1,000th Pioneer point on January 1st and then led the Pioneers to two consecutive victories this week over North Dakota State and IPFW. She scored a career high 31 against NDSU and chipped in 13 Saturday in an overtime home win.

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Ice Age First Half Gives Mastodons Life, 64-65

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This basketball game was not for the faint of heart Pioneer basketball fan – 3 for 17 from the 3-point line, 9 of 27 from the field, and trailing by double digits in rebounds – the Pioneers had a brutal first half. The Pios (9-8) dug a big hole against a good team, IPFW (14-3). Despite a second half rally and a brief DU lead, 58-57 with 3 minutes to go, the Pioneers could not hold on for the win. Continue reading Ice Age First Half Gives Mastodons Life, 64-65

Mascot Controversy Continues to Rage

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As temperatures plunge for the NFL Vikings – Seahawks wildcard game this Sunday, in Minneapolis, the response to former mascot Joe Juranitch has heated up. As reported by LetsGoDU earlier this week, Juranitich, who played the mascot ‘Ragnar the Viking’ for 21 years, received his unconditional release this fall after seeking a hefty pay raise from $1,500 per game to $20,000 per game. On a Fox pregame video prior to last weekend’s Viking-Greenbay game, Juranitich ditched his Viking helmet & horns and donned a cheesehead – enough to boil blood in Minnesota.  Continue reading Mascot Controversy Continues to Rage

BOO Birds

One under reported story from the DU – North Dakota series in Grand Forks in early December was told by  Minneapolis City Pages. North Dakota fans, upset about the November nickname change re-branding the school to the Fighting Hawks, booed when the PA announcers uttered the new bird name.  The new name was decided two weeks prior to the DU series when North Dakota was playing back-to-back road series. DU got to hear the first expression of the fans displeasure. If you missed it, here it is:

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Mid-Season Hockey Poll Shows Winners & Losers

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Heading into this weekend versus University of Nebraska – Omaha, the Pioneers have been one of the biggest surprises in college hockey – unfortunately, for their on-ice results versus preseason expectations. LetsGoDU looked at the USCHO Preseason Hockey Poll and compared these predictions to the recent  January 4th USCHO Regular Season Poll.

The biggest improvement was shown by current #2 Quinnipiac, originally predicted to finish 18th – they ‘moved up’ +16 places. Other big winners include St Cloud (+13), UMass-Lowell (+6), St. Lawrence (+6), and unranked Notre Dame that moved up to 14th (>+6). The second half of the season will show if these programs can sustain this improvement or will they fall back to earth, particularly Quinnipiac. Continue reading Mid-Season Hockey Poll Shows Winners & Losers

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