Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch

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Pace is defined as the rate of movement or progress. Fittingly enough, it is the surname of the University of Denver Pioneers’ meticulous senior midfielder Tyler Pace. Pace has been an integral component of Denver lacrosse’s lineup throughout his career for the Crimson and Gold. Continue reading Senior leadership & on-field IQ Pace the Pioneers down the stretch

Denver tennis facility nears final approval

Photo: The proposed Denver Tennis Park site layout presented for public comment on March 24th

We told you about a proposed new tennis center at South High a year ago and now the project appears closer to fruition than ever.

A Denver sport that toils without a great deal of public visibility is DU men’s and women’s tennis. Historically, Denver has had both singles and doubles players ranked in the top 10 nationally and has a proud tradition of success. However, men’s head coach Ricardo Rubio and women’s head coach Christian Thompson have been fighting an uphill recruiting battle armed with a small and aging outdoor Stapleton Tennis Center with no on-campus indoor courts. Despite success with Summit League titles, DU has been slipping nationally in the recruiting battles. Continue reading Denver tennis facility nears final approval

Wichita State’s departure provides opportunity in Missouri Valley Conference

You may have missed the announcement last week when the American Athletic Conference commissioner,  Mike Aresco, announced the addition of Wichita State to the AAC in men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports beginning July 1. That would leave an opening in the Missouri Valley Conference.

According to SB Nation, “A list of possibilities has been reported, including Valparaiso, Belmont, UMKC, Omaha, the four Dakota schools and more. The decision will likely come down to numerous factors, such as geographical fit, financial stability, and basketball relevance.”

Should DU consider throwing its hat in the ring to replace the Shockers?

The short answer: no. Continue reading Wichita State’s departure provides opportunity in Missouri Valley Conference

Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

Photo: DU added more All-Americans this week following last week’s NCAA hockey national championship. DU athletics keeps turning the numbers at the Magness entry like an odometer.  

What an incredible week it has been for Denver sports.

The DU women’s gymnastics team finished 9th at the NCAA’s and garnered two All-Americans – star freshman Maddie Karr was named first team all-around and second team for vault and bars. Senior Julia Ross was named second team for the bars. To top it off,  senior Leah Lomonte was named the 2017 Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The future looks great with most of the team returning next season. Continue reading Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

Denver extends Big East winning streak, tops St John’s 18-12

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DU men’s lacrosse (9-2, 3-0 Big East) traveled to Queens, NY to play the St Johns Red Storm (1-11, 0-3) in an afternoon lacrosse game at DaSilva Memorial Field. The Pioneers used their typical formula to win the contest to win 18-12 with the trio of Trevor Baptiste, Conner Cannizzaro, and Ethan Walker leading the way for the Pioneers.  Continue reading Denver extends Big East winning streak, tops St John’s 18-12

Pioneers fall short at NCAA Semifinals, Gymnastics’ future is bright

The #7 Denver Pioneers gymnastics team faced an uphill battle with a tough Semifinal 1 bracket. Oklahoma was undefeated (15-0). Utah was stacked with 5 all-Americans. UCLA came in with 6 national championships and two Olympic champions on their squad. Washington, Oregon, and Denver gave it their very best but could not punch their way past the three national powers.  Continue reading Pioneers fall short at NCAA Semifinals, Gymnastics’ future is bright

LetsGoDU editor predicted DU’s 2017 title run

Just go back in time to Nick Tremaroli’s 2016-17 UNIVERSITY OF DENVER HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW to read the LetsGoDU editor’s prediction. Denver entered the season without two-thirds of their storied Pacific Rim Line (Trevor Moore and Danton Heinen), along with the graduation of team leader and captain Grant Arnold. DU did have a local kid, Troy Terry, who looked pretty good the second half of the prior season. Also, DU would also have to rely on a skilled but unproven freshman from Finland, Henrik Borgström, to provide scoring punch.

Honestly, things looked a bit iffy to many prognosticators. Continue reading LetsGoDU editor predicted DU’s 2017 title run

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