Denver to Host All-Colorado NCAA Lacrosse First Round Bout Saturday
Fifth-seeded Pioneers welcome SoCon Champs Air Force to Peter Barton Saturday at 3 p.m. MT
May 9, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Marquette scored the final three goals of the game, including an empty netter as time expired to defeat top-seeded Denver for the second-consecutive season in the BIG EAST Tournament.
The Pioneers will return to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for their 10th home game of the season and their fifth-straight NCAA First Round home game as Denver welcomes Air Force Saturday.
Saturday's winner will take on the winner of fourth-seeded Notre Dame and Marquette on Saturday, May 20 at Hofstra.
THE TIERNEY FILE
Head coach Bill Tierney is in his eighth season with the Pioneers, holding a 107-31 record at DU and a 379-124 career record in his 33rd season.
Tierney became the first coach to win National Championships with two different programs in 2015, and has an NCAA-best seven men's lacrosse national titles to his name (six at Princeton).
Tierney is also the first coach to win 100 of his first 140 games in charge at two different programs.
Tierney entered the season fourth in active wins with 368, behind Jim Berkman (D3/489), Hank Janczyk (D3/423) and John Danowski (Duke/370) to start the season.
Tierney became the third DI coach to record 350 wins on April 30, 2015 at Villanova, and is second in wins (379) by a Division I head coach, behind John Danowski (382 - LIU Post/Hofstra/Duke - 1983-pres.).
Tierney is 9-0 all-time against Air Force, including 5-0 at Peter Barton.
DEFENDING THE LACROSSE CAPITAL OF THE WEST
The Pioneers are 88-17 since Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium was built in 2005.
Denver is 57-8 under head coach Bill Tierney at Peter Barton.
DU had its 22-game home winning streak snapped on May 7, 2016 against Marquette in the BIG EAST Championship, which at the time was the longest active in the country and finished as the 10th longest home winning streak in NCAA history.
The Pioneers have recorded 44 sellouts in the history of Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, including five in 2014 and 2015 and nine in 2016 and 2017.
DU has sold out its last 22 home games.
Denver is 33-6 under Tierney in sellouts at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (not including 2016 exhibition vs. Hopkins).
X MARKS THE SPOT
Faceoff man Trevor Baptiste is 824-1177 (.700) from the X in his career, setting Denver's school record for career faceoff wins on April 1 vs. Georgetown, and is now fifth in NCAA history in that category.
Baptiste set the NCAA record in 2015 for faceoff wins by a freshman (310), the fourth-most in NCAA history.
Baptiste has had double-digit faceoff wins in all 49 games of his collegiate career, 15+ faceoff wins in 35 career games, including 10 times in 2017 and 20+ faceoff wins in 14 career games, including in four of Denver's last seven.
Baptiste's 20 ground balls on April 16, 2016 vs. St. John's broke the DU single-game record and sits ninth in the NCAA record book.
TO THE POINT
Connor Cannizzaro extended his active point streak to 55 games last time out, the longest active in the country.
Cannizzaro has 230 (150G-80A) points in the stretch.
Cannizzaro had his 39-game active goal streak snapped against Marquette in the BIG EAST Final, which at the time was the longest active in the country. The junior had 112 goals in that stretch. The senior was held without a goal April 22 vs. Providence.
A TEWAARATON FINALIST AND HIS APPRENTICE
Ethan Walker and Connor Cannizzaro are the first teammates in Denver's Division I era to each record hat tricks in DU's first two games of a season (chart page 7).
Cannizzaro has had hat tricks in his first two games of the year twice, also doing so in his sophomore campaign in 2015.
Walker netted hat tricks in each of his first three games, the first freshman to do that for Denver since Associate Head Coach Matt Brown in 2002 (hat tricks in his first seven games).
The Denver freshman has 36 points in Denver's last seven games, including a DU freshman record eight against [20/20] Providence on April 22.
Denver scored double-digit goals in 26-consecutive games prior to Denver's 9-8 overtime win at Notre Dame on 03/13/16. The stretch is now 44-of-50.
The Pioneers have scored double-digit goals 111 times since the arrival of eighth-year head coach Bill Tierney.
DU is 100-11 when scoring double-digit goals since the start of the 2010 season.
Denver has scored double-digit goals 130 times since Matt Brown joined the staff full time in 2008. Since 2008, Denver is 115-15.
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Denver is 73-4 under head coach Bill Tierney when its defense allows fewer than 10 goals in a game.
Since defensive coordinator John Orsen's arrival ahead of the 2015 season, Denver is 26-0 when holding its opponents under 10 goals.
The Pioneers held opponents to under 10 goals in six-straight games from March 21-April 18, 2015 for the first time since the Pioneers held opponents under 10 goals in nine-straight games from March 29-May 18, 2014.
Denver kept its first shutout since 1971 vs. Commerce City Lacrosse Club on Feb. 26 vs. Canisius.
DU turned in the second-best defensive output under Tierney (both this season) on April 22, holding [20/20] Providence to two scores.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Denver has had 10 different players score goals in 10 of Denver's wins since the start of the 2015 season, including three-straight games from Feb. 20-28, 2016. (chart to right). Denver had nine different players score in its 15-6 win over Ohio St and in its 14-11 win over Marquette in 2016, in the 2016 BIG EAST Semifinals vs. Providence, in its win over Villanova on April 9 and at St. John's on April 15.
Since OC and associate head coach Matt Brown was named a full time assistant in 2008, the Pioneers have had 10 or more players score goals in a game 16 times.
The Pioneers had five different players score at least two goals 11 times since the start of the 2014 season, including in Denver's 11-10 2017 win over [1/1] Notre Dame, in Denver's 2017 BIG EAST opener against Georgetown, in its 16-11 win over Villanova and in its win at St. John's. (2017: 4 | 2016: 1 | 2015: 4 | 2014: 2).
RECENT NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
Denver is one of six programs to qualify for the NCAA Tournament every year since 2010 (Duke, Carolina, Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse). DU won its first NCAA Championship in 2015.
The Pioneers have reached Championship Weekend in four of the last six years.
Including 2017, Denver is one of four teams (Syracuse, Maryland, Notre Dame) to host a first round game in each of the last five years.
SUMMER INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ethan Walker and Dylan Johnson both played this summer in the FIL U-19 World Lacrosse Championships.
Johnson played in six games, tallying two assists and picking up four loose balls en route to the Gold Medal.
Walker played in six games as well, scoring eight goals and tallying six assists for Matt Brown's offense on the silver-medal winning Canadian team.
FOURTH SEASON IN THE BIG EAST
Denver wrapped-up its fourth-consecutive BIG EAST regular season title with a 12-2 win over [20/20] Providence on April 22. The Crimson and Gold are now 21-0 all-time in BIG EAST regular season play.
The Pioneers had their 21-game winning streak against conference foes snapped on May 7, 2016 in the BIG EAST Final against Marquette.
Ethan Walker picked up five points in his NCAA debut on Feb. 11, the most by a freshman in his debut since MacAdory Lipscomb in 2000.
Current sophomore Nate Marano matched Jamie Lincoln's 2008 debut with four goals in his collegiate debut in 2015.
DENVER'S 2017 SCHEDULE
Nine opponents on Denver's 13-game regular season slate appeared in the USILA Preseason Poll.
Denver's nine regular season home games is the program's most since 2010 (8-1).
In 2017, Denver played the reigning National Champion for the sixth time in the last eight years (3-3 |DNP in 2012 and 2016).
The Pioneers opened the season with a six-game homestand, matching the longest in Denver's DI history (2004).
Denver is 9-7 in overtime under head coach Bill Tierney, winning the last five and eight of its last nine.
MAKE IT TAKE IT
On March 28, 2015 Denver scored 11-straight goals from the 5:34 mark of the first quarter to the 11:02 mark of the second. DU scored seven-straight goals without allowing Georgetown to have possession.
On Feb. 14, 2015 vs. Duke, Denver scored six-straight fourth quarter goals from the 13:30 mark to the 5:36 mark (7:54).
In that stretch, Duke had just one possession, winning its only faceoff of the quarter on a violation.
Denver scored on seven-straight offensive possessions in Denver's 2017 victory over Georgetown on April 1.
HAT TRICK TRIOS
Denver has had three players record hat tricks in the same game 11 times since the start of the 2015 season (17: Air Force, Georgetown, at Marquette; 16: at North Carolina, St. John's, vs. Providence; 15: vs. Duke, Georgetown, Providence, at Villanova, vs. Georgetown).
The Pioneers had three players score hat tricks five times in 2014 as well.
On Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Air Force, Connor Cannizzaro became the 10th player in DU history to record a sock trick, scoring six goals and tallying two assists. Cannizzaro's second career sock trick came on April 9, 2016 in Denver's 12-11 win over Villanova. Following the sock trick, Cannizzaro was named USILA and NCAA National POW.
PIONEERS FROM ALL OVER
Denver's roster is comprised of student-athletes from 18 different states as well as two Canadian provinces.
Denver has multiple players from 12 of the 20 locations.
Trevor Baptiste, Connor Cannizzaro and Ethan Walker combined for three goals in 17 seconds to end the third quarter of Denver's season opener.
In DU's BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown, Joe Reid, Baptiste and Walker scored three goals in 16 seconds.
Based on fastest consecutive goals in the NCAA record book, the stretch is Denver's fastest in program history. Cannizzaro and Walker's consecutive goals vs. Air Force tied for the third fastest in NCAA history.
DENVER ATHLETICS SUCCESS
Denver is one of six institutions in all of Division I to win at least one National Championship in each of the last four years (2013-14 - SKI, 2014-15 - MLAX, 2015-16 - SKI, 2016-17 MHKY).
With lacrosse, tennis and golf still to go, six Denver programs have competed at the NCAA Championship sites (men's soccer, skiing, men's and women's swimming, hockey and gymnastics). Denver is tied for 17th in the country in programs that have competed at championship sites in 2016-17.
TIERNEY EARNS 100TH WIN AT DU
Eighth year head coach Bill Tierney's earned his 100th victory at Denver on Feb. 26 against Canisius
With the win, Tierney tied F. Morris Touchstone for the sixth-fastest coach to 100 wins at the same institution.
The Denver head coach is the only head coach to record 100 wins in under 140 games in charge of two different programs.
Tierney became the fastest to 100 wins with one program since Henry Ciccarone did it in 115 games in 1983.
A GAME OF RUNS
Denver has had 13 10-1 runs or better in games under head coach Bill Tierney, including in Denver's 19-6 victory over Cleveland State on February 25.
OHIO STATE SETBACK
Denver's 16-7 setback at Ohio State on March 19 is Denver's most lopsided result in a loss since February 14, 2009 when Denver lost 20-7 at No. 5 North Carolina.