Men's Lacrosse


Ryan  LaPlante
Ryan LaPlante

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Volunteer Assistant

First Season


Former Pioneer Ryan LaPlante is in his first season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pioneers. 

Read LaPlante's player bio here.

NCAA All-Tournament Team (2015)...Inside Lacrosse Preseason Honorable Mention All-America (2015)...Named Defensive Player of the Week (5/25/15)...Named BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week (5/22/15)...Second Team All-BIG EAST (2015)...BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year (2014)...ECAC All-Academic honors (2013)...ECAC All-Rookie Team (2012)...ECAC Defensive Player of the Week (04/30/12, 04/15/13)...ECAC Rookie of the Week (03/12/12, 03/26/12, 04/9/12).

Career leader in wins with 42 and career leader in saves with 538.

Played and started in all 19 games in goal for the Pioneers...making 179 saves, and keeping an 8.33 goals against average...Made double-digit saves in eight games, including a career-high 19 saves in Denver's 10-5 win over Furman (2/22)...Made 55 saves and allowed just 37 goals in Denver's four NCAA Tournament games, including 13 saves in Denver's final three NCAA Tournament games...Picked up 24 ground balls and forced two caused turnovers.

Played in all 19 games for the Pioneers, starting in 17...Averaged 5.42 saves per game, had an 8.66 goals-against average and a .563 save percentage on the season...Allowed only one goal in 30 minutes of action against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament First Round (5/10)...Grabbed a season-high three ground ball at Penn (3/1) and then again against Duke in the NCAA Championship Semifinals (5/24)...Posted a season-high 11 saves against Rutgers (3/22).

Started in 18-of-19 games, logging 633:42 minutes and a .576 save percentage...Made 141 saves and allowed 104 goals for a 9.85 goals-against average...Posted a 9-1-0 record in net...Finished the season ranked No. 53 nationally in saves per game (7.83)...In ECAC games only, finished first in win percentage (100.0), second in goals allowed (37) and wins (4), fourth in save percentage (.593), fifth in goals-against average (9.20) and eighth in saves (54)...Recorded a career-high 18 saves twice, most recently against Loyola (4/13)...Recorded his first career point and assist against Bellarmine (04/07/13)...Finished with 10-or-more saves in a game five times.

Started the final 10 games of the season in goal following Jamie Faus' season-ending injury...Logged 592:24 in net posting 99 saves and finishing ranked 23rd in the nation in saves percentage (.535)...Finished with a 9.93 goals-against average and a 5-5-0 overall record...Finished ECAC-play third in the conference in goals against average (8.68) and save percentage (.561)...Posted a career-high 16 saves twice, with the last coming against Duke (4/27)...Grabbed a career-high six ground balls twice against Loyola (5/2 and 5/19)...Forced two caused turnovers against Fairfield (4/21).

A two-sport athlete at Fort Collins High School...Played varsity lacrosse at his high school for four years...Named a Fort Collins High School Two-Sport Honor Athlete three times...Named Colorado All-American, All-State, All-Conference Player of the Year and Academic All-State...Member of 2009 U.S. Boys' High School All-America Team...Played in the U.S. Lacrosse and the Adrenaline Lacrosse All-American Showcase games...Named Vail Shootout U19 All-Star, the ESPN Rise Top-20 Rising Senior Goalies list and Class of 2011 Top Goalies list...Named Team Captain of his club team...Participated in the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Rising Senior Camp...Named to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National High School Team his senior year...Named Academic All-State Honorable Mention, Second Team All-State and First Team All-Northern Conference his junior year...Named Second Team All-Northern Conference his sophomore year...Played 10 years of lacrosse as a goalie...Played five years of golf.

Born April 4, 1993 in Providence, R.I...Son of Chris and Kim...Has one sister, Lindsey...Chose the University of Denver because of the great academics and location and the opportunity to play under Bill and Trevor Tierney...Enjoys snowboarding, golf, wakeboarding, indoor soccer and box lacrosse.



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