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Men's and Women's Lacrosse Players Highlighted in North Mural
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 09/07/2012
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The University of Denver men's and women's lacrosse programs are featured in today's update of the north mural on the main concourse of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. A total of five former men's lacrosse players and three women's lacrosse players are included in the mural, which celebrates and highlights Pioneer athletic team and individual successes, and what it means to be a Pioneer.

Todd Baxter, Men's Lacrosse, 2009-11 - Baxter transferred to DU after one season at Fairfield University. Baxter played 48 games for the Pioneers, registering 59 career goals and 33 assists for a total of 92 points. He finished his career with a 39.6 shot percentage and a 68.5 shots-on-goal percentage. He finished his career tied for sixth in DU's Division I career record books for game-winning goals with three. He also grabbed 78 groundballs and caused 13 turnovers. Baxter was a member of the team when Denver hosted the first NCAA Tournament game west of the Mississippi River, and was a member of the first DU team to make a Final Four appearance. In his final season with the Pioneers, Baxter was named to the All-ECAC Second Team and was recognized as an ECAC Player of the Week once. He currently resides in Minnesota and plays in the National Lacrosse League for the Minnesota Swarm.

Matt Brown, Men's Lacrosse, 2002-05 - Brown was a four-year starter for the Pioneers from 2002-05, and currently serves at the Pioneer lacrosse program's associate head coach. Brown played in 56 games at DU and accumulated 137 points and 113 goals, the eighth-best and fifth-best totals in Pioneers' history, respectively. As a senior, Brown was named All-Great Western Lacrosse League First Team at attack, earned Preseason All-American honorable mention and was voted GWLL Player of the Week. Brown was a three-time Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team member and was named the GWLL Newcomer of the Year in 2002 after leading the team in points and goals, and was named to the All-GWLL Second Team as a junior. Led by Brown, the Pioneer lacrosse program gained national attention, tying for the GWLL title in 2003 and 2005, and finishing with a then school-high ranking of No. 18 in 2005. Upon completing his DU career, Brown was drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League, where he played in all 18 games as a rookie and accumulated 40 points. Brown also played five seasons with the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, recording 138 goals and 160 points in 56 career games. Upon his retirement from the MLL in 2011, Brown was second in Outlaws history and 20th in league history in goals scored. Along with his coaching duties at DU, Brown also serves as the assistant coach of the Canadian National Lacrosse team. He resides in Denver with his wife and daughter.

Mike Law, Men's Lacrosse, 1998-01 - A four-year letterwinner, Mike Law is the standard bearer for which all future DU lacrosse players were to be judged. Leading the team in scoring his final three seasons, he was a three-time All Great Western Lacrosse League selection and made school history when he was named an All-American Honorable Mention in 2001, the first player ever to earn such a distinction at DU. He was inducted into the DU Hall of Fame in 2008. Only three other lacrosse players have been inducted into the DU Hall of Fame. After DU, he played with the Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth.

Dillon Roy, Men's Lacrosse, 2007-10- A four-year letterwinner, Roy played in 62 games for the Pioneers, starting all but one. He scored 10 goals and recorded four assists for 14 points as a defenseman and served as team captain his senior year, leading the Pioneers in their first year under Hall of Fame head coach Bill Tierney. He grabbed 195 ground balls and caused 82 turnovers, while finishing with a 71.0 shot-on-goal percentage. During his four years, Roy scored four game-winning goals and one man-down goal. His leadership was called upon to lead the team from the face-off X on several occasions, winning 94-of-189 career face-offs for a 49.7 win-loss percentage. In his final season with the Pioneers, Roy was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, All-ECAC First Team, USILA Scholar All-American, USILA All-America Honorable Mention, Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team, Tewaaraton Watch List, Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Third Team, ECAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-ECAC Preseason Team. Roy currently plays for Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws and resides in Denver.

Geoff Snider, Men's Lacrosse, 2003-06 - While at DU, Snider earned USILA All-America Third Team and Scholar All-American honors after leading the nation and setting NCAA records in ground balls per game (11.41) and total groundballs (194) in 2006. He also finished that season with the second-best in face-off win percentage (.684) in team history and earned his first Scholar All-America honor after compiling a 3.58 GPA in finance and marketing. In the summer of 2006, Snider was named the MVP at the World Lacrosse Championship tournament, helping the Canadians defeat the U.S., 15-10. He was selected 17th overall by the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, where he captured the team's career records in ground balls (163) and faceoff wins (372) in 25 games, and was selected to the 2007 All-Star team. He also was drafted fourth overall in the National Lacrosse League draft by the Philadelphia Wings. Snider currently plays for the Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL and the Hamilton Nationals of MLL. He is also on the roster for the Canadian National Lacrosse team.

Patience Baldwin, Women's Lacrosse, 2001-04 - Baldwin is fourth in DU history with 148 career goals, and her 61 ground balls in 2002 are tied for second in the program's single-season history. Baldwin was selected as a Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League All-Star during both her sophomore and junior seasons. After the Pioneers moved into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation prior to her senior year in 2004, Baldwin became DU's first-ever MPSF Player of the Week and was voted to the inaugural All-MPSF Team. At the end of her four-year career, Baldwin left Denver as the team's all-time leader in career goals and points (175), and she was second in assists (27).

Dominique Cook, Women's Lacrosse, 1999-02 - Cook helped usher the Pioneers into NCAA Division I, entering DU as a freshman in the first season after four years in NCAA Division II. When Cook left DU, she was the team's career leader in points (93), second in assists (19) and third in goals (74). Cook was twice selected as Denver's most valuable player  and served as team captain twice.

Kristie Leggio, Women's Lacrosse, 2006-07 - Arguably the most dominating lacrosse players in DU history, Leggio has the top two single-season marks in both goals and points during her two years after transferring from Maryland. Denver's first women's lacrosse All-American, Leggio set a program single-season record with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) against Harvard on March 27, 2007, which is tied for the 10th highest mark in the history of the NCAA. Despite playing only two seasons for the Pioneers, Leggio is second in DU history in career assists (81), and fifth in goals (134), points (215) and draw controls (101). Leggio scored eight goals against both UC Davis (March 11, 2006) and St. Mary's (March 31, 2006), feat only achieved three times in team history, and her seven assists against Harvard remains tied for the most in program history. Leggio, who led the Pioneers to a 31-8 overall record and 9-1 mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during her two seasons, was voted MPSF Player of the Year and the DU Female Student-Athlete of the Year in both 2006 and 2007.

The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation announced the mural of Pioneer student-athlete action photos, athletic logos and mascots on May 18. The mural marks the second step of a multi-part series that celebrates and highlights Pioneer athletic team and individual successes, and what it means to be a Denver Pioneer. An effort was made to include individuals who have helped establish the University of Denver as a thriving NCAA Division I institution. The mural also includes official DU athletic logos and mascots, including Pioneer Pete, Denver Boone and Ruckus. Images of select student-athletes include DU Hall of Fame inductees, national champions, All-Americans, Olympians and Academic All-Americans.

If you have a name of a former DU student-athlete for future inclusion of the next mural, please submit the name and a high resolution color action photo to Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Willis at Robert.Willis@du.edu.   


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