Championships & Awards

National Championships

2018 Skiing - NCAA Champions

Denver earned 604 points to win its 24th National Championship in program history by 41 points. The Pioneers were balanced in scoring in 2018, earning 299 points from their alpine team and 305 from the Nordic side. DU's women recorded 316 points, led by two National Championship performances from freshman Amelia Smart, while the Denver men earned 288 points. The Crimson and Gold had 17 All-America performances, including 10 first team selections.

2016-17 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Mike Chambers - Denver Post

In a match-up of the two top-ranked teams in the nation, Denver held off Minnesota Duluth for a 4-3 win for its eighth NCAA title. Sophomore Jared Lukosevicious's hat trick-all three goals coming in the second period and the first two just 16 seconds apart-to win the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Goalie Tanner Jalliet made 16 of his 38 saves in the third period alone and helped hold off the Bulldogs in the final minutes of the game to secure DU's win.

2015 Men's Lacrosse - NCAA Champions
Denver's first Tewaaraton Award Finalist and 2015 NCAA Tournament MOP Wesley Berg, had a hat trick and scored the game-winner in overtime to send Denver to its first NCAA Championship game in program history, and scored five times in the 10-5 win over Maryland in the final to bring the NCAA Men's Lacrosse trophy west of Chapel Hill, N.C., for the first time. Head coach Bill Tierney became the first NCAA men's lacrosse Division I head coach to win championships at multiple institutions, claiming his NCAA-best seventh overall.

2016 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Denver claimed its 23rd NCAA skiing title in 2016 with 567.5 points, beating Colorado by 76 and Utah by 82.5. The Pioneers had 11 All-Americans and three individual national champions with Kristine Haugen earning a three-peat in the women's giant slalom, Linn Eriksen in the women's classical and Erik Read in the men's slalom.

2014 Skiing - NCAA Champions
DU earned 556 points in 2014 to once again return to NCAA champion prominence. The squad bested Vermont (487.5) and New Mexico (458.5) for the program's 22nd crown and 11 All-Americans. Espen Lysdahl won his second slalom title with a time of 1:53.34 and Kristine Haugen repeated as the giant slalom champion with a time of 1:56.39.

2010 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Under Andy LeRoy, Denver three-peated as NCAA champions in 2010. The Pios earned 785.5 points, once again beating Colorado and New Mexico. Antje Maempel repeated as both the women's freestyle and classical champion. Also claiming a title was Leif Haugen in the giant slalom with a time of 1:48.84.

2009 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Winning the program's 20th NCAA title in 2009, Denver racked up 659 points to beat both Colorado and New Mexico. DU had five skiers named to the All-America team and Antje Maempel won both the classical and freestyle titles.

2008 Skiing - NCAA Champions
With 649.5 points in 2008, the Pioneers once again became national champions. Denver beat out Colorado for the top spot and claimed nine members on the All-America team. Winning two individual championships was John Buchar in the men's slalom and giant slalom with times of 1:41.10 and 1:39.85 respectively.

2004-05 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Mike Chambers - Denver Post

Denver again went back-to-back in NCAA title games, winning the program's seventh championship and doing so for the third time against rival North Dakota. Head coach George Gwozdecky's Pioneers earned the 4-1 victory, led by freshman Paul Stastny's two goals and one assist. Goalie Peter Mannino stopped a career-high 44 goals to be named Most Oustanding Player and earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team along with teammates Brett Skinner, Matt Carle and Gabe Gauthier.

2003-04 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Mike Chambers - Denver Post

DU ended its NCAA title drought with a tight 1-0 victory over top-ranked Maine. After a disallowed Maine goal early in the first period, Denver sophomore Gabe Gauthier scored the only goal by either team. Pioneer goalie Adam Berkhoel stopped all 24 of the shots he faced to seal the win and earn the honor of the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Berkhoel was joined by teammates Ryan Caldwell and Connor James on the All-Tournament Team.

2002 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Led by nine All-Americans, the University of Denver scored 649 points to once again take the NCAA crown. One Pioneer took home two individual NCAA titles, Ola Berger took the top spot in both the men's 20-km freestyle (51:28.8) and in the 10-km classical (27:33.5).

2001 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Under coach Kurt Smitz, DU was once again back-to-back NCAA champions. The Pioneers scored 649 points, beating second place Vermont by 44 points and third-place Colorado by 53.5 points. Seven Denver skiers became All-Americans. Winning individual championships were Pietro Broggini in the 20-km freestyle with a time 50:44.8 of and Wolf Wallendorf in the 10-km classical who hit 28:37.5.

2000 Skiing - NCAA Champions
After a program break between 1984-1992, the Pioneers were once again NCAA champions in 2000. DU scored 720 points, Colorado finished as runner-ups with 621 points and Vermont finished in third with 592 points. Pietro Broggini took first in both the 10km cross country freestyle and in the 20km classical cross country. Cecilie Hagen Larsen won the women's slalom with a time of 1:41.96.

1971 Skiing - NCAA Champions
With new head coach Peder Pytte, the University of Denver repeated once again as NCAA champions with 394.7 points and four individual first-place finishes. In-state foe Colorado finished in second with 373.1 points and Middlebury took second-runner up with 368.8 points. Otto Tschudi tied an NCAA record in 1971, winning three individual titles in downhill, slalom and alpine. Repeating as the cross country champion was Ole Hansen who sped for a time of 55:05.

1970 Skiing - NCAA Champions
In his final year as head coach, Willy Schaeffler and the Pioneers won their 13th NCAA championship. DU netted 386.6 points, beating both Dartmouth and Colorado for the crown. Ole Hansen raced for an individual cross country title with a time of 62:35 and Otto Tschudi won the downhill title in 2:31.22.

1968-69 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Dick Connor - Denver Post

Once again, Denver won its back-to-back NCAA Championship-the final in head coach Murray Armstrong's legendary DU career-with a contentious 4-3 win over Cornell. DU scored first in each of the three periods and took a 4-2 lead into the second-half of the third. With less than two minutes to go, Cornell brought it to 4-3 and pulled its goalie for the extra attacker, though goalie Gerry Powers and the Pioneers would hold off the Big Red to capture the win.

1969 Skiing - NCAA Champions
After a year absence, DU was back on top in 1969 as the team won its 12th NCAA title. Denver racked up 388.6 points as Dartmouth finished second with 372 and Fort Lewis came in third with 367.5 points. In the slalom and alpine, Paul Rachetto won first place with times of 1:31.43 and 3:25.3. Greg Krog took the Nordic title with a run of 7:22.2 and Odd Hammernes took the crown in jumping with a score of 220.0

1967-68 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Dick Connor - Denver Post

After two scoreless periods, Denver posted four goals in the third to take home its fourth NCAA Championship, toppling North Dakota 4-0. Goalie Gerry Powers earned the shutout-the first in NCAA tournament history-to win the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Bob Trembecky opened up the scoring for the Pioneers with back-to-back goals in the third period. Allan Genovy and Tom Gilmore added DU's final two goals less than 20 seconds apart to begin the celebration.

1967 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The Crimson and Gold earned their seventh title in a row in 1967, as the team powered past Wyoming and Dartmouth with 376.7 points. Rick Chaffee skied for a time of 1:21.96 to take back his slalom crown, Terje Overland won in the alpine with a score of 4:25.83 and Dennis McCoy took the downhill championship with a time of 2:11.20.

1966 Skiing - NCAA Champions
In 1966, Denver scored 381.02 points to once again take the NCAA crown. The Pioneers got past runner-up Western State and third-place Wyoming. For the first time in program history, DU scored an individual champion in the downhill thanks to Terje Overland who raced for a time of 1:52.50.

1965 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Earning their fifth straight title, the Crimson and Gold etched 380.5 points, beating second place Utah by 2.1 points. Rick Chaffee earned a time of 1:48.25 in the slalom and a 4:23.8 in the alpine for first place in both events and Erik Jansen repeated as a jump winner with a score of 219.8.

1964 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The Pioneers repeated as NCAA champions again in 1964, keeping the crown in Colorado with 370.2 points. Erik Jansen earned a share of the jumping title with a score of 219.8 as Denver slipped by runner-up Dartmouth 368.8 and Wyoming who scored 359.7.

1963 Skiing - NCAA Champions
For the second time in program history, the University of Denver's ski team won three-or-more NCAA championships in a row. The Pioneers earned 384.6 points, scoring more than second place Colorado with 381.6 and Dartmouth with 348.9 points. Aarne Valkama was the lone individual champion for DU as he captured the Nordic crown with a time of 7:48.42.

1962 Skiing - NCAA Champions
Denver earned its sixth title in 1962, earning a score of 390.08, beating out Colorado with 374.30 and Western State 361.40. The Pioneers had two student-athletes capture individual crowns, Mike Baar in the downhill event and Oyvind Floystad who scored 223.6 points in the jumping event.

1960-61 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Jim Graham - Denver Post

Denver dominated the 1961 NCAA Championship game by a final score of 12-2 over St. Lawrence to win the program's third national title in four years. All-American center and tournament Most Valuable Player Bill Masterton posted a hat trick-plus two more assists. Two other Pioneers had two goals and two assists a piece: defenseman Grant Munro and win Trent Beatty. It was the Pioneers' 30th win in 32 games and their 25th-consecutive victory.

1961 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The Pioneers returned to the top of the podium in 1961 when the team was crowned champions for the fifth time in school history and the fifth time under legendary head coach Willy Schaeffler. DU scored 376.19 points, beating second place Middlebury who scored 366.94 and Colorado with 365.54. Cris Selbeck was the lone-individual winner for Denver, as he earned the jumping title with a score of 226.3.

1959-60 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Dick Hilker

A strong finish in the third period sealed DU's second NCAA hockey title as the Pioneers topped the Huskies of Michigan Tech by a final score of 5-3. Denver scored the game's first two goals before giving up three straight to Michigan Tech, though the Pioneers would fight back and post the final three goals of the game to take the title. The game-winning goal came from senior John MacMillian with only 1:03 remaining; he would add an empty-net goal shortly after as well. DU also saw goals from Bruce Walker and George Konik.

1957-58 Men's Ice Hockey - NCAA Champions
by Dick Hilker - Denver Post

Under the leadership of legendary head coach Murray Armstrong, Denver captured its first hockey national title in a 6-2 win over North Dakota in Indianapolis. UND took an early 1-0 lead before DU scored three times in the second period to take the lead. A different Pioneer scored each of Denver's six goals including the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Murray Massier. Massier added three assists while Barry Sharp and Bruce Walker each had a multi-point game.

1957 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The University of Denver earned a four-peat in the NCAA Championships in 1957, taking the first four NCAA crowns. The Pioneers scored 577.95 points to beat out in-state foe Colorado 545.29 points and Dartmouth with a total of 537.90 points. DU had two individual champions in Harol Riiber who took first in the Nordic with a time of 7:17.4 and Alf Vincelette who earned the top honor in jumping with a score of 217.5.

1956 Skiing - NCAA Champions
DU earned its third consecutive championship in 1956 as the Pioneers once again notched out Dartmouth and Middlebury. The Pios earned their then highest combined score in NCAA Championship history, with 582.01 points. For the third year in a row, Willis Olson scored 220.8 points for the jumping title and John Cress earned the skimeister crown with 269.23 points.

1955 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The Crimson and Gold earned its second NCAA title in 1955 as the Pioneers edged out Dartmouth for the crown. DU tallied 567.05, Dartmouth 558.94 and Middlebury with 546.88. DU's lone individual winner in 1955 was Willis Olson who repeated as the jumping champion, scoring 204.9 points.

1954 Skiing - NCAA Champions
The University of Denver captured the first-ever NCAA Skiing Championship in 1954 as the Pioneers earned 384 points, beating out Seattle with 349.6 points and Colorado with 348.6 points. DU earned four of the five individual events as Marvin Crawford took the cross country and skimeister titles, Willis Olson earned the jumping crown, and John L'Orange placed first in the slalom.

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