2022 Schedule Preview: Denver Pioneers

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The Denver Pioneers are the eighth DI program and first in the Big East to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, doing so on Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 12-5 (9-1 Big East) and saw their season end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Loyola.

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Is 2022 The Year Denver Takes Back The Big East?

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The Denver Pioneers joined the Big East ahead of the 2014 season and immediately dominated. Through their first three seasons in the conference, the only loss Bill Tierney’s squad suffered against a conference foe came at the hands of Marquette in the 2016 Big East championship game. It would be the first instance of what has turned into somewhat of a trend of Denver falling in the Big East title game. The Pioneers fell to Marquette again in the 2017 conference semifinals before becoming victims of the Georgetown dynasty, losing to the Hoyas in the past three Big East championship games (2018, 2019, 2021).

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Denver Leashes Georgetown in Big East Maintee

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The Denver Pioneers got their first victory over a ranked opponent with a 13-7 win over Georgetown in the most highly-anticipated Big East game thus far. The Pioneers’ win ends the Hoyas’ 10-game winning streak and hands them their first loss since the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against Yale.

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Second Half Comeback Lifts Duke Past Denver in Season Opener

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The 2021 season for the Duke Blue Devils started in the most assuming way possible: a Michael Sowers feed to Brennan O’Neill for their first goal of the season. It would be just one of three such plays during Duke’s season-opening win over the Denver Pioneers.

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TD Ierlan Transferring to Denver

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Former Yale faceoff man TD Ierlan plans on playing his fifth and final year of college lacrosse at Denver. This news comes just a week after Ierlan entered the NCAA Transfer Portal amidst the status of the Ivy League playing a spring season still being up in the air while most other conference are moving ahead and playing this spring.

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2021 Schedule Preview: Denver Pioneers

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While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

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NCAA Stock Watch: Which Teams Improved Their Stock Over The Offseason

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Since the 2020 season was abruptly ended in mid-March due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you could argue that it has been somewhat of a “free agent” frenzy across the college lacrosse landscape. Seniors were announcing their returns to their previous program for a fifth-year or entering their name into the NCAA Transfer Portal in hopes of finding a new home for the 2021 season.

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