2019 DU Grad Andre Shinyashiki Wins MLS Rookie-of-the-Year with Colorado Rapids

Andre Shinyashiki had the last laugh.

Snubbed for the NCAA’s Hermann Trophy last season despite scoring the most goals (28) in an NCAA season in more than 20 years, Andre didn’t pout. He just graduated from the University of Denver and took his talents across town to Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, where he went out and won the 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year Award. Continue reading 2019 DU Grad Andre Shinyashiki Wins MLS Rookie-of-the-Year with Colorado Rapids

Pioneers remain undefeated with sweep of Lakers, run nonconference unbeaten streak to 15

Photo Courtesy Shannon Valerio/DU Athletics

Just like last weekend, 44-0-0 is still in play for the Pioneers. Likely? No. Possible? Again, sure, why not? Last weekend it was the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks that the Pioneers swept to start the season on the right foot. This weekend, after flying to Detroit from Fairbanks before bussing to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Pioneers swept the Lake Superior State Lakers with 3-1 and 4-3 victories. The Pioneers had to overcome first period 1-0 deficits both nights, but once again, thanks to timely offense, and heavy doses of Pepto Bismol in the third period on Saturday night, Denver is returning home from a 10-day road trip at 4-0-0 (just 40 to go). Continue reading Pioneers remain undefeated with sweep of Lakers, run nonconference unbeaten streak to 15

Heart Attack Pios: Ryan Barrow’s last-minute goal lifts Denver to road sweep

Denver is still undefeated thanks to Ryan Barrow’s goal with 20 seconds left that gave the Pioneers a 4-3 victory over the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The Pioneers and Lakers were tied at 1 after the first period but two second period goals from Bobby Brink and Hank Crone. The Lakers battled back in the third to tie it back up at 3 with just five minutes left. But on this night, it was Barrow who played hero. This  is the second time in four games that Denver has received a late third period goal to give them the victory. Cole Guttman was the third period hero in game one against Alaska Fairbanks.

We will have more in our weekend recap tomorrow but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on the soon-to-be top-ranked Pioneers earning their second straight road sweep to open the season?

Denver Sinks Lakers 3-1 in Series Opener


The #2 Denver Pioneers topped the Lake Superior State Lakers in the opening game of the weekend’s two game series in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Denver had to overcome a first period 1-0 deficit with goals from Ian Mitchell (2nd of the year), Emilio Pettersen (1st), and Jaakko Heikkinen (1st). Magnus Chrona notched his third straight solid performance with 23 saves on 24 total shots and the penalty kill remained perfect on the year.

There will be more on this game come Sunday morning in our road weekend recap. What are your thoughts on this game?

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Lake Superior State

The #2 Denver Pioneers started their season in thrilling fashion with a late game-winning goal from Cole Guttman to win their season opener against Alaska 4-3.  Freshman goaltender Magnus Chrona faced 61 shots in the series and allowed just three goals while shutting out the Nanooks on Saturday.  Denver wasn’t perfect by any means, but there are a lot of positives after the first week of the season for the No. 2 team in the nation.  Senior Liam Finlay had three assists, freshman Bobby Brink scored his first NCAA goal, and the Pioneers were perfect on the penalty kill.  Once Denver gets their power play to jell and they keep their opponents’ shots down, they will be pretty hard to beat.  They face a hot team this weekend on the road when they visit Lake Superior State.
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Denver Ices Western Illinois, 3-0

A fast moving winter storm dumped 4-5 inches of snow in Denver Thursday so the women’s Denver (5-4-3, 1-0-1) versus Western Illinois (6-6-1, 2-1-0 Summit League) soccer match was moved to the Diane Wendt complex’s artificial turf. The match was played in 20 degree temperatures but the Pioneers heated up with two goals in the first half, en route to a 3-0 victory. The Pioneers dominated the frosty evening with 9 shots-on-goal to the Leathernecks 0. Continue reading Denver Ices Western Illinois, 3-0

Poll: CC’s Prowler Mascot Out – What’s Next?

Photo: Shortly after Prowler visited 96-year-old Maggie Lynch, she reported seventeen thousand dollars in stolen valuables from her nursing home room.

Everyone we know has been shocked that the Colorado College allowed a  ‘Prowler’ to be their mascot. Well, justice has been served and CC has formally announced the search for a new mascot (no kidding here, folks). And, the College is now taking names to replace their dodgy mascot and go for a Tiger rebrand. Continue reading Poll: CC’s Prowler Mascot Out – What’s Next?

Part 1: Pay to Play Laws Threaten DU and Mid-Majors

The State of California unanimously passed its Pay to Play law allowing college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness and hire agents, effective in 2023. Ohio passed a similar law last Thursday and a host of other states are contemplating the passage of similar laws. The NCAA pleaded with the California governor to wait on the passage of the law pending a more uniform solution but California moved forward with the passage. Continue reading Part 1: Pay to Play Laws Threaten DU and Mid-Majors

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