Pieces Coming Together For Pioneer Hoops

With the final touches completed on the Pioneer roster thanks to the addition of incoming freshman Ade Murkey out of Minnesota, it’s time to take a look at how the 2016-2017 squad might look when they hit the floor next season. Continue reading Pieces Coming Together For Pioneer Hoops

Pioneers No. 2 overall seed, will play winner of play-in game

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In the end, the University of Denver Pioneers’ loss to the Marquette University Golden Eagles in the BIG EAST Championship didn’t affect their seeding in the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament. Even if the Pioneers had won the BIG EAST Tournament, it is unlikely that they would have been the No. 1 overall seed ahead of the Maryland Terrapins. Continue reading Pioneers No. 2 overall seed, will play winner of play-in game

Denver Hoops’ Pick is Murkey

PhotoCourtesy of the St. Croix Lutheran Yearbook. Ade Murkey goes up for two.

Rodney Billups has landed his first recruit as head coach of the Denver Pioneers. The new recruit joins Luke Neff and Jake Krafka – both recruited prior to his arrival. Continue reading Denver Hoops’ Pick is Murkey

Marquette tops Denver in thriller, claims BIG EAST crown

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Powered by a seven-goal second half, the No. 19 Marquette University Golden Eagles topped the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers for the first time in the short, 4-year history of Marquette lacrosse. The Eagles held Denver’s star attackman Connor Cannizzaro without a goal for the first time in almost 40 games and made life difficult for DU’s star FOGO by winning 12-of-23 at the X. Continue reading Marquette tops Denver in thriller, claims BIG EAST crown

Puck Swami: A Magic Night at Barton Stadium

Photos by John Baker for Inside Lacrosse Magazine

Last night was one of those magic nights as a DU fan, when everything came together create a perfect scene at Peter Barton Stadium on the DU campus.  The #1 ranked Pioneers, of course,  did their part with a 17-8 dismemberment of Providence College in the Big East semi-final. Continue reading Puck Swami: A Magic Night at Barton Stadium

Wichita State’s Dilemma No Shocker

We’ve heard this story before. A mid-major program outgrows its conference, has ambitious plans to grow, and nowhere to land.

Wichita State is looking to exit the Missouri Valley Conference for greener pastures – flush with an influx of University cash and a basketball program that has been making noise in March.

The Shockers’ biggest draw is its basketball program, which has been to a school-record five consecutive NCAA Tournaments, and went 35-1 during the 2013-14 season, which culminated in a final Four berth. Continue reading Wichita State’s Dilemma No Shocker

Denver routs Providence in Big East Championship tune-up

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For the second time in three weeks, the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers lit up the scoreboard with 17 goals against the unranked Providence College Friars. Three weeks ago, in Providence, RI, the Pioneers outscored the Friars 11-2 in the second half to pull away and seal the victory. This time around, it was an 8-0 run that straddled halftime by the Pioneers that put Providence away. Continue reading Denver routs Providence in Big East Championship tune-up

Conference Realignment Talk Triggers Possibilities

Just as DU engineered a master stroke in moving women’s lacrosse to the Big East, Big 12 expansion talks are heating up again. According to an SB Nation article yesterday, the Big 12 is getting close to adding two more teams. The league commissioned a study to run models on the net impact of expanding back to a 12-team member conference with eight regular season conference games and a title game. This format would provide the Big 12 the best chance to make the College Football Playoff. The odds, when calculated by a consulting firm, predicted a 4-5% greater chance to compete for the national championship annually with 12 members instead of 10.  Continue reading Conference Realignment Talk Triggers Possibilities

Women’s Lacrosse to Join BIG EAST in 2017

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Announced Monday morning (May 3) Denver women’s lacrosse will join its male counterparts in the BIG EAST conference effective immediately in the 2017 season. The Pioneers become the tenth team alongside Butler, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Temple, Vanderbilt, and Villanova competing in the BIG EAST. Continue reading Women’s Lacrosse to Join BIG EAST in 2017

Tewaaraton Trophy Sparks Confusion

Controversy swirls around the Tewaaraton Trophy…at least around these parts. The purpose and the criteria for the award are unclear and seem to conspire against a winner coming from Denver.

Tewaaraton is the Mohawk name given for the native game that has evolved into present-day lacrosse. Many believe that the Tewaaraton Trophy, created in 2001, is given to the most valuable player in lacrosse. Actually, the lesser-known Lt. Raymond Enners Award is the official NCAA Outstanding Player of the Year Award selected by the NCAA coaches.  The Tewaaraton Trophy recipient has not been the same as the Raymond Enners Award recipient in 5 out of the first 11 years that the Tewaaraton was awarded. Continue reading Tewaaraton Trophy Sparks Confusion

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