DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Denver men's lacrosse team will open the 2013 season on Saturday at 10 a.m. MT as it takes on the Duke University Blue Devils from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game is considered by many as the premier match-up of the weekend.
The Pioneers are 2-3 all-time against Duke, however they have won the last two meetings, including a 15-9 win at Sports Authority Field in the first-ever Whitman's® Sampler® Mile High Classic last season. Denver is however, 0-2 when playing at Koskinen Stadium. The last time both teams met in Durham, the Blue Devils defeated the Pioneers 13-9.
SCOUTING DUKE BLUE DEVILS
Last season, Duke finished with a 15-5 overall record and made its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four, falling to runner-up Maryland. The Blue Devils come into Saturday's game ranked No. 4 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and return depth in nearly every position. Duke is 59-6 at home under Coach John Danowski who is in his sixth season. The Blue Devils have not lost since their ACC Championship loss to Maryland in 2011.
PIONEER LEADER BOARD
The Pioneers come into the season after a somewhat disappointing end to the 2012 season. Despite making it to the quarterfinals of the tournament, the Pioneers finished with a 9-7 overall record, its worst under Coach Tierney. The 2013 Pioneers shows high promise for the Pioneers as they return all but two starters from last year's squad., including 2012 ECAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Jamie Faus, who went down with an Achilles injury midway through the season. Also returning are USILA All-American Jeremy Noble, Chase Carraro and Cameron Flint.
DENVER IN THE RANKINGS
The University of Denver men's lacrosse will start the 2013 season ranked within the top-10 in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll that were released today. The Pioneers are ranked No. 8 in the Media Poll and No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. For the second-straight season, the Pioneers are ranked within the top-10 in the USILA Coaches Poll. Last season, Denver was ranked No. 8.
Loyola tops both polls, garnering 10 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll and 21 in the Media Poll. Maryland and Notre Dame are ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively in both polls. In the Coaches Poll, Johns Hopkins and North Caroling are tied for fourth, followed by Duke, Virginia, Cornell, Denver and Colgate. In the Media Poll, Duke is ranked No. 4, followed by Johns Hopkins, Cornell, North Carolina, Denver, Virginia and Lehigh. Seven teams on the Pioneers' 2013 schedule are ranked within the top-20, with three of those games being played in the Mile-High City.
PIONEERS PICKED NO 2
The University of Denver men's lacrosse team was picked No. 2 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Pioneers are behind NCAA Champion Loyola and ahead of Fairfield and Ohio State, which are tied for third. Rounding out the poll is Air Force at No. 5, Hobart at No. 6, Bellarmine at No. 7 and Michigan at No. 8.
"With Loyola's National Championship last year and Denver's Championship weekend appearance in 2011, the ECAC has proven its reputation as a power conference in the past couple of years," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Every team in our league has more talent in 2013, so it should be an exciting and very competitive year. We look forward to competing with the other teams vying to be the ECAC Champion."
PRESEASON ALL-ECAC AWARDS
Freshman Gordie Koerber was voted a Preseason Rookie of the Year, making it the second straight season that the Pioneers have had someone take home the award. Koerber was listed on Lacrosse Magazine's "Freshman 15: College Rookies to Watch."
The 2012 Preseason Rookie of the Year, Wes Berg was tabbed All-ECAC at attack, while junior Jeremy Noble was picked All-ECAC at midfield. Sophomore Carson Cannon was named an All-ECAC selection at defense, while senior Chase Carraro was named All-ECAC as a specialist.
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