Denver Set for Quarterfinal Clash with  Notre Dame on Long Island
Pioneers and Irish meet in "West Regional" Final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. MT
May 16, 2017
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Tewaaraton Finalist Trevor Baptiste went 23-of-27 from the dot, scored two goals and three Pioneers netted hat tricks as fifth-seeded Denver defeated Air Force 17-10 last Saturday in the 10th and final game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in 2017.
• In the first “West Regional” Final (Denver, Air Force, Marquette, Notre Dame), the biggest western rivalry in the game will be the second game of a quarterfinal double header at Hofstra on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT).
• Saturday’s winner will take on the winner of top-seeded Maryland and eighth-seeded Albany. Those two teams will meet in Delaware on Sunday afternoon.
THE TIERNEY FILE
• Head coach Bill Tierney is in his eighth season with the Pioneers, holding a 108-31 record at DU and a 380-124 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 (380) by a Division I head coach, behind John Danowski (383 - LIU Post/Hofstra/Duke - 1983-pres.).
• Tierney is 6-4 against Notre Dame, and will meet ND head coach Kevin Corrigan for just the second time in the NCAA Tournament (2015 Semifinals).
• Tierney was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1995 (Duke’s Danowski was inducted in 2001).
DENVER AND NOTRE DAME
• For the second-consecutive year, the four western most teams made the NCAA First Round, but for the first time, the four were podded together in the same path to Championship Weekend.
• Denver and Notre Dame advanced from the first round, two programs that have combined for seven Championship Weekend appearances since 2011.
• Five of the last seven meetings between the two teams have gone to overtime, and Denver has won the last five meetings overall.
• Saturday will mark the first time since the 2014 meeting that neither team is in the top-4 in the coaches’ poll.
• Connor Cannizzaro’s winner to break the stretch of three-straight overtime games in the series came as time expired on March 12.
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