DENVER - It was a weekend of celebration and reflection for the University of Denver men's lacrosse program as it celebrated its alumni weekend, welcoming back former Pioneers for the annual alumni game and the first-ever Fall Lacrosse Banquet.
The weekend's festivities began with the alumni game on Saturday morning as over 40 former Pioneers gathered at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for a friendly scrimmage that saw the White team defeat the Crimson team 16-13. See below for a complete list of all alumni that participated.
"Saturday was a spectacular day for the University of Denver lacrosse program, in so many ways," said head coach Bill Tierney. "The amazing turn-out of graduates for our Alumni Game started the day off on a great note. Our game against the Professional Players was all that we could have asked for to culminate our Fall Season. Finally, our First Annual Celebration Dinner could not have been a better way to complete such a fantastic day. Two-hundred friends, alumni, players, coaches and family members celebrated last year's ECAC Championship Team and its award winners, our All-Decade Team and the past accomplishments of the DU program. We thank all the prior players and coaches who have laid the groundwork for such an event, as well as all who attended, to help make for such a memorable night."
Following the alumni game, the Pioneers hosted the second annual Colorado Lacrosse Showcase, as the 2011 DU squad faced-off against Pro Players from Major League Lacrosse. Denver proved victorious in the outing, defeating the Pro Players 20-15 as junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) led the scoring efforts with four goals.
The day was capped off with the first-ever Fall Lacrosse Banquet, held at the Cherry Hills Country Club. Family, friends and current and former players of the men's lacrosse program gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2010 DU men's lacrosse team and recognized the first-ever All-Decade Team.
After a brief cocktail hour, the over 200 guests in attendance were treated to a sit-down dinner, while emcee Devin Farrell shared the accomplishments of a program that has experienced remarkable growth over the last 10 seasons.
Program highlights touched on in his opening comments included the Pioneers move to NCAA D-I ranks, the building of the Daniel L. Ritchie center, the opening of the lacrosse-specific Peter Barton Lacrosse stadium, joining the Great Western Lacrosse League and then the Eastern College Athletic Conference, making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament and entering the 45th season of Pioneer men's lacrosse.
Following dinner, Coach Tierney took a moment to recognize the accomplishments of the 2010 DU men's lacrosse team that won the ECAC Championship in its first season after going a perfect 7-0 in league play and taking a nine-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.
Farrell then made the announcement of the DU All-Decade team, introducing each member by highlighting their individual accomplishments during their time as a Pioneer. See below for the complete list of the DU All-Decade Team. Prior to his closing remarks, Farrell took a moment to share a letter written by All-Decade Team honoree Kenney Crowley, who could not be in attendance. To read his letter, click here.
Alumni Team Rosters
Greg Weigle, Andrew Bourke, Andrew MacDonald, Greer Hanlon, Brett Koll, Darren Saski-Scanlon, Jordan Hendry, Darren Tinger, Ryan Shaunessy, Tom Ethington, Pat Houseal, John Corbin, Charley Dickenson, Cameron Kerr, Sean Hogan, Christian Anderson, Peyton Tyrie, Payton Sanders, Matt Brown, Dillon Roy
Coach: Ryan Zordani
Devin Farrell, Joey Murray, Jerry Fritsche, Craig Hogan, Cory Vann, Ben Wahler, Brad Richardson, Dustin Palmer, Adam Goodwin, Geoff Beiging, Austin Konkel, Jeff Nunziato, Kyle Widersteadt, Deke Jackson, John Dickenson, Erik Hagevik
Coach: Greg Mellinger
DU All-Decade Team
Matt Brown (Attack; class of 2005): A four-year member of the Pioneer lacrosse program from Burnaby, Canada...currently serves as the Pioneers' offensive coordinator and has been on the Pioneers' coaching staff for the last four seasons...played in 56 games tallying 137 career points, 113 career goals and 24 assists...lead the team in points all four years...was a three-time Pioneer Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team selection...was named to the 2005 North-South Game...named a 2002 Great West Rookie of the Year...a two-time All-GWLL Attackman...named the 2005 Team Offensive MVP...has played in both the NLL and the MLL.
Brett Koll (Attack/class of 2008): From Fort Collins, Colo...played in 55 games for the Pioneers, finishing with 76 points off 39 goals and 37 assists, while also finishing with 97 groundballs...was a two-time captain and a two-time Team Spirit Award winner...played in the North-South Game...was named the 2008 Face-Off Classic MVP.
Mike Law (Attack/class of 2001): From Denver, Colo...finished with 136 career points off 92 goals and 44 assists...second all-time in the DU Record Books in scoring...scored 22 more goals than the second leading scorer his senior season...averaged 3.49 points per game in his career...played in both the MLL and the NLL as an All-Star...represented Team USA at the World Championships...represented DU on the cover of Inside Lacrosse Magazine...member of the Colorado Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
Scott Davidson (Midfield/class of 2005): From Connecticut...served as a captain in 2005 and was named the Offensive MVP in 2003 and 2004...played in 55 games, tallying 86 points off 60 goals and 26 assists to go along with 260 groundballs...holds a career face-off percentage of 56 percent, including his junior year where he hold a 62 face-off percentage...was named the Pioneer Classic MVP...was a three-time All-Conference First Team selection...was the Pioneers first two-time All-American in 2004 and 2005...played in the 2005 North-South Game.
Charley Dickenson (Midfield/class of 2010): From Dallas, Texas...played in 64 games, scoring 32 goals and tallying 71 assists for 103 points...finished with a 57.2 shot-on-goal percentage...scored five game-winning goals...grabbed 54 ground balls and caused seven turnovers...his 71 assists ranks first and his 103 assists ranks fourth all-time in DU's Division I Record Books...tied the DU single-game record for most assists in a game with six against Sacred Heart in 2009.
Joey Murray (Midfield/class of 2009): From Denver, Colo...played in 64 games tallying 112 career points of 71 goals and 41 assists...third all-time in DU's Division I Record Books in points...was a two-time captain and an All-Conference selection...was named the Offensive MVP in 2007...plays in the MLL.
Geoff Snider (Midfield/class of 2006): From Calgary, Alberta...finished 10th all-time in career points and seventh in career goals...is the all-time leader in groundballs with 349...his 194 groundballs in 2006 set an NCAA record that still stands today...was a 2006 Academic All-American and an All-American...was named the 2006 GWLL Player of the Year...was the MVP of the World Championships leading Canada to the gold medal...was an All-Star in both the MLL and the NLL.
Geoff Bieging (Midfield/class of 2000): From Denver, Colo...two-time captain and ranks third all-time in points-per-game...averaged just under two goals and one assist a game during his career...has played in the NLL and served as a color analyst...served as a member of the Pioneer coaching staff.
Tom Ethington (Defense/class of 2002): From Glenview, Ill...was a captain of the 2002 squad...named the Defensive MVP in 2002...a four-year starter for the Pioneers...finished his career with 112 groundballs...has played for the Colorado Mammoth and the Denver Outlaws...represented Team USA at the World Indoor Championships, winning a bronze medal...played in the 2002 North-South Game.
Dillon Roy (Defense/class of 2010): From Denver, Colo...played in 62 games scoring 10 goals and recording four assists for 14 points...grabbed 195 groundballs and caused 82 turnovers...finished with a 71.0 shot-on-goal percentage...scored four game-winning goals and one man-down goal...won 94-of-189 face-offs for a 49.7 win-loss percentage...was named the lone captain of the 2010 team...named a 2010 Academic All-American and All-American...three-time All-Conference selection...named the 2010 Team MVP and was named the 2008 and 2009 Defensive MVP.
Bart Sullivan (Defense/class of 2006): From Columbus, Ohio...was a captain of the 2006 team...named the Team Defensive MVP in 2005...played in 59 games, tallying 109 groundballs, including a career-high of 30 as a senior...was named to the 2005 Face-Off Classic All-Tournament team...helped the Pioneers win three GWLL Championships including the first out-right title in 2006...currently serves as the interim head coach at Bellarmine University.
Kenny Crowley (Defense/class of 2001): From Darien, Conn...transferred to DU from Maryland...was a two-time All-Conference selection...served as a captain...had 12 career goals in two years as a defenseman...had seven goals and two assists his senior season on just nine shots...played in the MLL with the Boston Cannons.
Cory Vann (Defense/class of 2004): Was a four-year starter and finished his career with 72 groundballs, while also tallying four goals...was a captain his senior season...played in the 2004 North-South Game...named an Academic All-American and an All-American in 2004...named the Team Defensive MVP in 2004.
Jeff Nunziato (Goalie/class of 2003): From Latham, N.Y...captain of the 2003 squad...named the Team Defensive MVP in 2003...second all-time in the DU Record Books in total saves with 343...first all-time in save percentage (61.3 percent)...played in the 2003 North-South Game.
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