Clearly, the Pioneers (14-3) and the Coyotes (16-6, 13-3) were the class of the Summit League this season and it was fitting that the two teams met to determine the best conference team with the winner going to the NCAA Tournament. It was also appropriate that the Denver and South Dakota Summit League Volleyball Championship match went to a fifth and deciding set between two evenly matched squads. Denver took the first two games of the match, one in extra points. South Dakota counterpunched with two straight games, both in extra points. Of course, the deciding game went to extra points as well, 14-12, South Dakota.
There is a new name at the top of the Denver Men’s Lacrosse all-time points leaderboard. With a goal near the end of the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-5 BIG EAST), Ethan Walker officially passed Wes Berg on DU’s all-time points list with his 256th of his storied career as a Pioneer. Thanks to that goal, two hat tricks from Jack Hannah and JJ Sillstrop, and an impressive 8-save, 61.5% performance by goaltender Jack Thompson, the Pioneers (8-2, 6-0 BIG EAST) beat the Golden Eagles 16-6 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a picturesque early spring Saturday afternoon in Denver. Continue reading Pioneers Remain Unbeaten in BIG EAST Behind Ethan Walker’s Record-Breaking Performance
How can it possibly get worse for a 2-19 basketball team? New coach Jeff Wulbrun faces an uphill battle with DU starters being plucked from the hoops transfer portal. So far, DU’s three top scorers from this past season have left the program and two more players are in the portal with the intention to transfer. Continue reading Denver Men’s Basketball Hit Hard by Portal Exits
Temperatures were in the 50’s and clear skies when play began today at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The first round was completed by golfers who faced Wednesday’s rain delay and the second round was completed by all the golfers on Thursday. In the end, a mere two strokes stood between DU sophomore Anna Zanusso and making the cut.
Play was suspended due to inclement weather (rain) Wednesday afternoon with 29 golfers yet to finish at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. DU’s Anna Zanusso finished her first round at 75 (+3) which ties her with thirteen other golfers at T32 place. The top 30 golfers who survive the two-day cut play in the finals of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur championship. She achieved par on ten holes and had two birdies and five bogies during her round on the Champions Course. Katherine Smith stands alone at -4 thru 11 holes. Two players completed the full 18 holes with a best -1 under par. Continue reading Day 1 Tracker: DU’s Zanusso in the Hunt at Augusta National Women’s Amateur
Newly-hired Denver men’s basketball coach Jeff Wulbrun wasn’t shy in his first Zoom press conference. He set a serious bar for himself and for his program:
“We want to be the most improved team in the country next year.”
Wow! I’ll be honest – I didn’t expect this.
Perhaps, neither did you. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: Jeff Wulbrun Hire Exceeds Expectations
The University of Denver has hired veteran assistant coach Jeff Wulbrun from Stanford to guide the Denver Pioneer basketball program. We will have more on this breaking news after we attend Wulbrun’s press conference this afternoon at 2:00 pm MT. Our initial reaction to the hire is extremely positive as Wulbrun appears to have a breadth of experience and may provide a much-needed steady hand to a program in flux.
Both of DU’s lacrosse teams remain undefeated in Big East play with three more wins. DU’s women’s soccer and volleyball cemented regular season Summit League Championships. Men’s and women’s tennis won their weekend tilts and DU golfers heated up courses out west during non-conference play. Gymnastics is still in play for a national championship. Sometimes we take all this for granted but Denver teams keep piling up spring wins with a combined record of 61-16-1.
In less than a week, we could be watching NBC on Saturday afternoon to see a DU golfer make the rounds at Augusta National Golf Course. It won’t be easy to make the cut of elite participants but either way, it will be a historic week for DU sophomore Anna Zanusso and the University of Denver. Continue reading Denver Golfer Zanusso Set to Make History at Augusta
Denver posted a decisive 3-0 win Friday over the UMKC Roos to set up the conference-deciding Saturday night match at Swinney Center. Denver clinched the Summit League regular-season title Saturday evening with a dominant 3-0 victory over the Roos by the score of 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 (3-0).
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