Denver Runs Past Omaha, 94-78

Denver (12-14 Overall, 6-6 Summit League) defeated Omaha (9-18 Overall, 4-7 Summit League) and moved into a third place tie with Fort Wayne with two games to go in Summit League play. Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo led the first half Pioneer surge with 15 points and 19 points respectively. In the second half it was Joe Rosga who finished with 28 points for the night and timely buckets from Christian Mackey and gritty play by Jake Krafka who collected seven boards for the night, battled under the bucket and scored  timely points for Denver.  Continue reading Denver Runs Past Omaha, 94-78

When a tie is a ‘win’ – Colorado College has Company

Colorado College tied the University of Denver twice earlier this season (4-4, 1-1) at Magness Arena and the World Arena. Their results, specifically their three-on-three overtime “victory” at Magness Arena, were widely hailed as ‘wins’ by the Colorado Springs faithful – especially after dropping 14 straight to the Pioneers heading into the series.

Video: Jeopardy used to allow for multiple winners with a tie but added a tie-breaker in 2016 to select a single winner to advance to the next show. Continue reading When a tie is a ‘win’ – Colorado College has Company

Colorado College Hockey uses block plan to team advantage

Many of you may remember the University of North Carolina academic scandal when the NCAA announced last fall that they would not punish the Tar Heels basketball team because both athletes and non-athletes were participating in sham classes for academic credit.

The CC Tigers have taken advantage of this loophole and are offering classes deemed as ‘less stressful’ during the Hockey season by offering a winter block called, “How Children’s Stories Reflect Real Life”. Students were given one book to read and asked to write one sentence on how the story related to their lives. The Colorado College student newspaper, The Catalyst, featured five hockey players final papers. The players’ names were redacted from the story. Continue reading Colorado College Hockey uses block plan to team advantage

Rosga and Amigo Lead Denver Past North Dakota State, 66-63

After a close loss to South Dakota State on Thursday, Denver was in desperate need of a home win to keep them in the running for a third place finish in the Summit League. Things looked a little iffy at the beginning, and North Dakota State made a huge run that Denver had to fight off late, but they ended up coming away with a 66-63 victory. This gets them to 5-6 in the Summit League, and depending on the result of tonight’s Fort Wayne/Omaha game, the Pios will either be in third place or a game back in fourth place at the end of the day.

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Pioneers hold off Falcons’ late rally in frigid whiteout

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of Pioneers halted a late comeback attempt by the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. amid whiteout conditions.

The Saturday matinee game was the season opener for the No. 4-ranked Pioneers (1-0, 0-0 BIG EAST). The No. 17 Falcons (0-2, 0-0 Southern) entered the game coming off of an 18-4 loss to Duke University.

Denver took the field fired up to embark on the 2018 season. The Pioneers scored immediately after the opening faceoff. Denver’s extraordinary faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste won possession. Starting defender Dylan Gaines joined the attack where the long-pole scored his first-career goal on the run.. The momentum continued throughout the first half as six different goal-scorers provided Denver with a 7-0 lead heading into the locker room.

The Falcons returned energized and scored back-to-back goals to cut the Pioneers lead down to five. While the Pioneers countered with three-goals, Air Force would diminish Denver’s lead incrementally, with a hat trick from junior midfielder Jack Flynn, as the Falcons offense rode the momentum.

Despite Air Force’s relentless pressure, the Pioneers held onto their lead. Junior attackman Austin French, scored his second-career hat trick in the second half to cushion the 11-5 final.

Due to the frigid and excessive snowfall an orange lacrosse ball was used for visibility. The conditions didn’t appear to hinder DU’s goalie Alex Ready, as the junior made 9 saves in the victory. 

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Pioneers warm-up in blizzard-like conditions at Falcon Stadium – photo by Sasha Kandrach

Only three penalties were administered as a result of the blizzard-like conditions. Air Force was on the receiving end of the first penalty which was called in the third minute of the second quarter. DU’s freshman attackman Riley Curtis converted on the man-up to record his first-career goal.

 

Baptiste went 9-for-18 at the, “X.” Air Force’s Trent Harper battled Baptiste’s power and finesse to earn nine faceoff wins.

Denver travels to Durham, North Carolina to face Duke University on Friday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. MT. The Pioneers will host Cleveland State on Sunday, Feb. 25 for their home-opener at 11 a.m.

Denver vs. Air Force: Mutual respect the name of the game in western-most rivalry

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After graduating from Loyola College as a four-year starter on defense, Bill Wilson, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, began his college lacrosse coaching career at Princeton University in 1995 under then head coach Bill Tierney.

15 years later, the former mentor and mentee would find themselves across the field in Colorado, both with their respective western-most programs. Wilson and the No. 17 Air Force Falcons will face Tierney and the No. 4 University of Denver Pioneers on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., since the program announced that Wilson would be the interim head coach. Continue reading Denver vs. Air Force: Mutual respect the name of the game in western-most rivalry

Late Comeback Falls Short as South Dakota State Defeats Denver, 81-77

Denver had a chance late, which is about all you can ask for against a team as tough as South Dakota State, but the Pios just weren’t able to pull this one off. A horrid start to the game and a lack of focus at stretches were too much for Denver to overcome, and despite holding Mike Daum to 4-16 from the field, they couldn’t come away with the win. It was frustrating to see the opportunity slip away, but the fight that Denver showed was admirable and South Dakota State is the best team in the league, so this was always going to be a tough one to win.

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The ‘DAUMinator’ to visit DU for what could be final time Thursday night

Mike Daum, the most dominant player in the Summit League, is coming to Magness Arena Thursday night.

This may be the last chance for local college basketball fans to see South Dakota State’s 6’9″ redshirt Junior from Kimball, Nebraska. Daum, while stating publicly that he will stay at South Dakota State University for his senior season, is likely to move to a Power-Five basketball program as a graduate transfer and play immediately next season with his sights set on playing at the next level – the NBA. While some scouts question his foot speed and athleticism at the next level and his ability to defend NBA skilled players, he is clearly the best player in the Summit League. Continue reading The ‘DAUMinator’ to visit DU for what could be final time Thursday night

Troy Terry relishes final moments before becoming an Olympian

Photo courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis

For the last time in two and a half weeks, Olympic-bound Troy Terry participated a normal Tuesday, taking the ice to practice at Magness Arena for the University of Denver Pioneers. This familiar routine is about to undergo a drastic and rapid change as the Denver, Colo. native departs for the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea. Terry will temporarily exchange DU’s Crimson and Gold for the United States’ Red, White, and Blue. Continue reading Troy Terry relishes final moments before becoming an Olympian

Saturday Tire Roll highlights weekend sweep

The excitement in Magness Arena was palpable as DU faced off against a tough University of Minnesota Duluth squad this past weekend for critical NCHC points. But for many in attendance, the highlight of the evening was the tire roll between the second and third periods on Saturday night.

Filled with anticipation, few spectators left their seats – eyes cemented on center ice. Continue reading Saturday Tire Roll highlights weekend sweep

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