Pioneer First Half Surge Overwhelms Leathernecks

Denver (10-8) got off to their best first half of the season and held off a second half charge from Western Illinois (7-8) for a confidence-building 76-69 road victory on Thursday night in Macomb, Illinois. Denver streaked out to a 39-21 first half lead and comfortably fought off a second half push by the Leathernecks for the win. Freshman Thomas Neff and Senior Nate Engesser started the game with three point buckets and the first half rout was on. Duke Douglas, an unexpected hero, was everywhere for DU with 10 points and 6 defensive rebounds. Nate Engesser, getting his first start, led the team with 14 points. It was all 11’s for Marcus Byrd, Bryant Rucker, and super freshman Joe Rosga. The Pioneers bench outscored the Western Illinois bench 28-18. DU’s biggest player, Daniel Amigo was MIA for game -number three for the crimson and gold.  Continue reading Pioneer First Half Surge Overwhelms Leathernecks

Postscript – NCAA Compromises for Big 12

As a follow-up to yesterday’s article on the Big 10 proposal to require inner-league divisions and league championship game for football conferences in order to qualify for the national championship playoffs, the NCAA FBS members voted yesterday on a compromise which will only require a league championship game. The means, essentially, that the Big 12 will not be required to add two teams to create divisions. However, they must hold a playoff between their top two teams in order to qualify for the national championship playoffs.

Compromise May Submarine DU Prospects

As LetsGoDU reported recently, all the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) members are meeting this week to address a Big 10 proposal (they are at it again!) for football members that would require each conference to have divisions and a division playoff in order to qualify for consideration for participation in national championship playoffs. This would require the Big 12 to expand from the current 10 teams to 12 teams, create divisions, and have a championship game to meet these requirements. If the legislation is passed this week, it is widely expected that that the Big 12 would add the University of Cincinnati and BYU. BYU is currently an independent in football and in the West Coast Conference for other sports, a potential landing spot for DU athletics. Continue reading Compromise May Submarine DU Prospects

Vanilla Broncos Can Play Denver Spoiler

Not THE Denver Broncos – the Western Michigan Broncos.

When Western Michigan rolls into Denver for this weekend’s 2-game series against DU, many fans are going to be discounting these Broncos. They sit at #28 in the RPI rankings, they are in the bottom half of D1 scoring and D1 defense, and their goalie(s) is not in the top 50 goaltenders in save percentage. This is a perfect trap series for DU, especially with important NCHC foes Minnesota Duluth and underachieving Miami. Continue reading Vanilla Broncos Can Play Denver Spoiler

Update: NCHC May Benefit from Arizona State’s First D1 Season

Photo: New York Times

Their first season as a DI hockey program, the Arizona State Sun Devils are true road warriors with only five home games at Oceanside Ice Arena, their 41-year-old home rink which seats 800. They also have scheduled some games and tournaments at Gila River Arena in Glendale, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, and expect to play more games there in the coming seasons until they build their own on-campus arena. Continue reading Update: NCHC May Benefit from Arizona State’s First D1 Season

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


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.

Continue reading Perfect 10 for DU Women Athletes

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