Aspen Hall Meets the Wrecking Ball

Built in 1950, DU’s Aspen Hall is being torn down over the winter break. The building, on the south end of campus, is located north of Illiff Avenue, Aspen Hall served as a residential hall for a growing student population following WW2. Following that, a number professors located their offices in the building before it was closed permanently last year.

Aspen Hall was vacant the last several years prior to demolition.

 

The property will be converted into green space for use by visitors and students.

Denver Exits Break with 3-1 win at Merrimack

After a 20-day break, Denver (9-4-2) jumped out to a quick lead over the Merrimack Warriors (4-13-1) and controlled play the rest of the way in a 3-1 win Friday night at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Massachusetts.

The Pioneers grabbed an early lead just 16 seconds into the game for the only goal of the period. Michael Davies gathered the puck at the left wing wall and sent a shot through traffic from the right point that found the lower right corner of the net.

Denver made it 2-0 on the power play from Liam Finlay early in the second. The score remained unchanged until midway into the third period. Ryan Barrow made it 3-0 at the 9:18 mark of the third. Tyson McLellan cleared the puck out to the neutral zone from the right wing boards of the Denver zone. Then, Jake Durflinger tapped the puck up to Barrow to start a 2-on-1 opportunity and Barrow snapped a shot from the near circle through the five-hole. Tyler Drevitch finally scored for the Warriors at 18:37 of the final period to seal the final score of 3-1. Denver got off 46 shots for the game to Merrimack’s 44 and won 31 of 56 faceoffs. Devin Cooley was the winning goalie. Continue reading Denver Exits Break with 3-1 win at Merrimack

Hot Shooting Omaha Sinks DU, 91-84

Photo: Courtesy of Omaha Basketball Twitter

Omaha (7-7, 1-0) shot 54.0% from the field and 47.8%  from three- point-land (on 11 of 23 shooting) to handily defeat Denver (5-10, 0-1), 91 to 84, to open Summit League play.

The first five minutes were even at Omaha’s Baxter Arena. Then, a hot shooting Joe Rosga reeled off seven points in the middle of the frame to build a 19-11 Pioneer advantage at 11:24. From there on, poor interior defense and five 3-point buckets allowed the Mavs back into the contest. A Zach Jackson layup knotted the game 28-28 at 4:53. The teams traded points until Omaha’s Mitch Hahn hit a 3-point shot and a layup to give Omaha a 3-point lead with two minutes to go. A KJ Robinson bucket-and-one gave the Mavs a 4-point lead heading into the break, 41-37. Denver’s defense was poor, especially in the second half of the period, allowing clean 3-point looks and easy inside buckets. Omaha’s 6 first half turnovers kept Denver in the contest. Continue reading Hot Shooting Omaha Sinks DU, 91-84

Denver Hockey Weekend Preview: Merrimack & UMass-Lowell

The Pioneers will close out 2018 with two tough, fast-paced non-conference games on the east coast

Even though Christmas was last week, the #7 Denver Pioneers maybe got what they wanted a little earlier than expected.  After going through a vicious stretch of top-ranked NCAA opponents, the Pioneers showed they can skate with any team in the country and win.  Wins against Duluth, Providence, and North Dakota are making the case for this season to be more than just a rebuilding year for DU. Continue reading Denver Hockey Weekend Preview: Merrimack & UMass-Lowell

Denver Men’s Hoops still control own destiny in Summit League

Denver lost to Gonzaga by 61 points. Denver lost two-thirds of their non-conference games – and DU is being outscored by nearly 10 points per game.

And…it means nothing.

Yes, we said it. All hope is not lost for DU men’s basketball. In fact, Denver’s primary goals for this season are still intact and in clear view.  Continue reading Denver Men’s Hoops still control own destiny in Summit League

Denver Gets Blasted by Gonzaga, 101-40

Photo: Courtesy of Gonzaga Twitter

Denver (5-9) met a powerhouse Gonzaga team (11-2) which might well be a Final Four team – and the Pioneers learned how far they have to go to compete at an elite level. The Pioneers fell by 61 points, the largest losing margin in Denver’s  D1 basketball history. Few expected Denver to win the game but it was the poor start and ragged play throughout the contest that left even DU’s most faithful fans shaking their heads.

Gonzaga shot 68.4% for the game with many shots coming at close range and supplemented by 10 3-point bombs that punished the Pioneers from the inside out. On the other hand, DU shot 24.6% for the contest and many of their misses were poor shots which fell far from the mark. The contest was played at a Bulldogs pace and it was clear that Denver was outclassed from the start. Continue reading Denver Gets Blasted by Gonzaga, 101-40

Denver Men’s Hoops Watch Party: Denver vs Gonzaga, Friday 7 pm – The Pioneer

DU faces #8 Gonzaga (10-2) Friday night at 7 pm MT. We will have tables reserved at The Pioneer, 2401 South University Boulevard for an official LetsGoDU watch party. Denver has won 3 of their last 4 games and Friday is the Pioneers’ last non-conference game before Summit League play begins.

Happy hour runs from 4-7 pm, so be sure to get off work early and get there for:

  • $3.5 Wells
  • $4 Micro Drafts
  • $4 House Margaritas
  • $5 CK Mondavi Wine

This is a rare opportunity to watch DU play a Top 10 hoops program. Be there to cheer on DU.

Image result for the pioneer bar denver

Denver defeats Montana State, gets back to winning ways

Photo Courtesy of Jason Evans

This game was a carbon copy of the recent Denver-UC Irvine contest but in reverse. DU (5-8) raced out to a 10-0 lead to start the contest. Then, DU players rained 3-point shots, 15 in all, to coast to an easy victory over Montana State (3-7) Tuesday night at Magness Arena. Continue reading Denver defeats Montana State, gets back to winning ways

Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund at 75% of Year-End Goal, $635 Needed by Dec. 31

A few weeks ago, back on October 11th, the “Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund” was launched publicly, with a $2,500 matching funds challenge for donations made prior to December 31, 2018.

We’re happy to report that the Let’s Go DU blog community has already made $1,865 in donations since that date, putting us about 75% of the way to the $2,500 in our matching funds goal set by generous donors.

We’re appealing to you to raise the remaining $635 before the end of the year to gain the matching funds! 

You can read more about the fund here, as well as donate online directly here.

We’re excited about our progress toward the $2,500 matching challenge, and hope you’ll help put us over the top as we near the end of the month!

Thank you for your support of this DU Pioneer spirit initiative!

Covering all things Crimson and Gold