May 16, 2018
(13-3, 5-0 BIG EAST)
(15-2, 5-1 AE)
THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Junior Alex Ready provided Denver's first double digit save performance of the year, junior Austin French tallied his fourth six-point game in the last seven games and sophomore Ethan Walker netted his 18th career hat trick to send the Pioneers past seventh-seeded Notre Dame 9-7, defeating their western rivals in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. Denver and Cornell were the only two unseeded teams to advance out of the first round in the tournament.
The Pioneers return to Hempstead for the second-consecutive year for the NCAA Quarterfinals, this time to take on second-seeded Albany in a match-up of the top-two faceoff men in the country. Saturday will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, including the second in the NCAA Tournament (2013 First Round).
The winner of the quarterfinal game in Hempstead will take on the winner of third-seeded Yale and sixth-seeded Loyola in Championship Weekend in Foxboro next Saturday.
THE TIERNEY FILE
Head coach Bill Tierney is in his ninth season with the Pioneers, holding a 122-35 record at DU and a 394-128 career record in his 34th 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 became the third DI coach to record 350 wins in 2015 at Villanova, and is second in wins (394 - RIT/Princeton/Denver 1982-pres.) by a Division I head coach, behind John Danowski (397 - LIU Post/Hofstra/Duke - 1983-pres.).
X MARKS THE SPOT
Faceoff man Trevor Baptiste is 1143-1592 (.718) from the X in his career, setting the NCAA Division I career faceoff wins record in the Pioneers BIG EAST Semifinal win over Marquette. Baptiste became the third player in NCAA Division I history to record 1000 faceoff wins in Denver's win over Towson.
Baptiste has had double-digit faceoff wins in 67-of-68 games (2018 opener at Air Force) of his collegiate career, 15+ wins in 45 career games, including eight times in 2018 and 20+ wins in 21 career games.
Baptiste's 22-for-22 game against Cleveland State on 02/25/18 was at the time the second most faceoff wins without a loss in a single game in NCAA history.
Baptiste was named a Tewaaraton Award Finalist for the second-straight year in 2018, the fourth finalist in four years for the Pioneers (Wes Berg - 2015, Connor Cannizzaro - 2016). The Denver senior was also the first faceoff specialist to be named a finalist in 2017. Denver joins Virginia, Syracuse (twice) and Duke as the only four programs to have at least one finalist in four-straight years.
The Pioneers have scored double-digit goals 124 times since the arrival of eighth-year head coach Bill Tierney.
DU is 112-12 when scoring double-digit goals since the start of the 2010 season.
Denver has scored double-digit goals 143 times since Matt Brown joined the staff full time in 2008. Since 2008, Denver is 127-16.
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Denver is 87-6 under head coach Bill Tierney when its defense allows fewer than 10 goals in a game, including a loss in the 2017 National Semifinals.
The loss when allowing nine goals to Maryland in the National Semis was Denver's first since the arrival of defensive coordinator John Orsen. Denver is now 39-2 when holding its opponents under 10 goals under Orsen (vs. GTOWN - BE Final).
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 (Commerce City) on 02/26/17 vs. Canisius.
DU turned in the second-best defensive output under Tierney (both last season) on April 22, 2017, holding [20/20] Providence to two scores.
Denver's four goals allowed against Notre Dame in the 2017 NCAA Quarters was the best defensive performance by Denver in its NCAA Tournament history.
The Pioneers held Ohio State without a goal in a stretch of 26:10 to propel a 9-0 run in the Pioneers 2018 win. DU held Marquette without a goal in the opening 26:28 of the regular season contest in a 4-1 Denver first half.
Denver caused 11 turnovers in its win over Ohio State on March 17, the most takeaways since recording 15 against Georgetown on March 29, 2014.
Denver's offensive goal total vs. Georgetown in the regular season was its lowest since March 1, 2008, a 9-6 loss at UMBC, and its lowest goal total in a win since defeating [RV] Brown 6-4 on March 4, 2000 at the Mile High City. Denver's three goals vs. Georgetown in the BIG EAST Final was its lowest since the Pioneers lost 12-3 at No. 2 Virginia on April 28, 2003.
11 total goals (3/31 at GTOWN and 4/28 vs Marquette) is the lowest in a DU game since 04/07/09, a 10-1 win over Detroit.
In two games against Marquette and in the BIG EAST Final against Georgetown, Denver had 37 shots saved (14/9/14) for an opponent goalie save percentage of .649.
HAT TRICK TRIOS
Denver has had three players record hat tricks in the same game 19 times since the start of the 2014 season (18: at Villanova 17: vs. Notre Dame, Air Force, Georgetown, at Marquette, Air Force; 16: at North Carolina, St. John's, vs. Providence; 15: vs. Duke, Georgetown, Providence, at Villanova, vs. Georgetown).
RECENT NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
Denver is one of five programs to qualify for the NCAA Tournament every year since 2010 (Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse). DU won its first NCAA Championship in 2015.
The Pioneers have reached Championship Weekend in five of the last seven years.
Denver has now reached the NCAA Quarterfinals seven time in the last eight seasons.
The Pioneers are one of four programs to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals seven times in the last eight seasons (Maryland, Duke and Notre Dame).
Denver's five Championships Weekend appearances in the last seven years are behind only Maryland (6) in that span. Duke, who is in the Annapolis Quarterfinal, has been to four.
Denver enters the NCAA Quarterfinals winners of nine of their last 10.
The Pioneers won 13 of their first 14 games in the 2016 season before dropping the BIG EAST Final to Marquette and the NCAA First Round to Towson. Denver won the first seven games of that season.
DU won its final 13 games of the 2015 season en route to the National Championship after entering the BIG EAST Tournament on a seven-game winning streak.
The Crimson and Gold won 13-straight before falling to No. 1 Duke in the 2014 National Semifinals. DU entered Championship Weekend that season winners of 15-of-16.
Denver reached Championship Weekend for the first time in program history in 2011, entering the national semis on a 12-game winning streak, and winners of 15-of-16.
The Pioneers entered the 2010 NCAA Tournament on a nine-game winning streak (W 11-of-12) in Bill Tierney's first season at Denver.
DU's longest Division I winning streak prior to Bill Tierney's arrival was a seven-game winning streak entering the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
A GAME OF RUNS
Denver has had 18 10-1 runs or better in games under head coach Bill Tierney, including in Denver's consecutive games against Villanova and St. John's in 2018.
KEEPING IT OUT OF THE NET
The Pioneers held their conference opponents to 27 goals in the five regular season conference games.
During Denver's 2015 National Championship season, the Pioneers held five-consecutive opponents to a combined 28 goals (at Lehigh, vs. Penn State, Georgetown, Villanova, at St. John's).
The Pioneers have held opponents to six goals or less seven times in 2018, including in each of DU's five BIG EAST regular contests. 2018 marks the first time in Denver's program history (dating back to club status in 1966) that the Pioneers have held five-straight opponents to under six goals.
The 27-goals allowed over the five BIG EAST regular season games is the program's lowest in a five game stretch since 1970 when Denver held Colorado (2), Colorado State (6), Colorado College (8), Denver Lacrosse Club (4) and Colorado College (3) to a combined 23 goals.
Denver is 10-6 in overtime under head coach Bill Tierney, winning the last six and nine of its last 10.
Colin Rutan scored the game-winner for the Pioneers in their only overtime game of the season, an 11-10 victory over Towson on March 24.
Denver did not play an overtime game in 2017, and prior to the Towson win had played its last four overtime games against ACC schools, including three against Notre Dame (All Wins).
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Saturday's faceoff match-up between Denver's Trevor Baptiste and Albany's TD Ierlan features the top-two faceoff specialists in the country.
In the BIG EAST Semifinals against Marquette, Baptiste became the all-time leader in faceoff wins in NCAA history.
In 2018, Ierlan has broken the single-season ground balls record (240), will break the single-season percentage record (.834), is 13 wins away from the single-season faceoff wins record.
Baptiste is 63-2-3 in faceoff match-ups and Ierlan 31-4 record (94-6-3 combined).
Both faceoff men have had perfect games with 22+ faceoff victories this season.
THE CENTURY MARK
Sophomore Ethan Walker became the fastest Pioneer to reach 100 points in program history, doing so in 23 games on 59 goals and 41 assists.
Austin French also joined the 100 point club this season, doing so in his 44th career game (vs. St. John's), the 12th fastest to achieve the milestone in the program's DI history.
Walker's chase to the century mark was six games faster than any other Pioneer in Denver's Division I history.
FIFTH SEASON IN THE BIG EAST
Denver wrapped-up its fifth-consecutive outright BIG EAST regular season title with a 7-4 win over Marquette on April 28. The Crimson and Gold are now 26-0 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.
2018 MLL DRAFT
Baptiste was selected by the Boston Cannons with the first overall pick in the 2018 MLL Draft. The Denver senior is the first faceoff specialist to be taken No. 1 overall, and is the first Pioneer to be taken with the first pick of the draft.
Mayle was taken sixth overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the 22nd Pioneer to be taken in the MLL Draft and the sixth first round pick in the program's history.
Mayle made his MLL Debut at Denver on May 13, scoring a goal and picking up two ground balls in a 24-22 win for Chesapeake.
Baptiste is a three-time USILA First Team All-America selection, one of 59 players in the history of the game to earn that honor three times, and could become the sixth four-time First Team All-America pick for an award that dates back to 1922.
DENVER ATHLETICS SUCCESS
Denver Athletics has claimed the I-AAA Directors' Cup in nine of the last 10 seasons, for the top finish in the Directors' Cup standings amongst schools without football.
The Pioneers have claimed 33 National Championships in their history (Skiing 24, Hockey 8, Men's Lacrosse 1).
Men's lacrosse's Championship Weekend berth in 2017 is one of the athletic department's 21 DI National Semifinal appearances, including eight since 2011.
Denver's 35th place overall Directors' Cup finish in 2016-17 is the department's best in its history. DU's men's programs finished fifth in the Capital One Cup for the second time in three years.
The Pioneers are one of five athletic program across the country to win at least one National Championship in each of the last five years (Skiing 2013-14, 2015-16, 2017-18 | Men's Lacrosse 2014-15 | Hockey 2016-17). Stanford, Florida, Penn State and Oklahoma are the other four programs on the list, and only Oregon, West Virginia and Ohio State can join the list.
DEFENDING THE LACROSSE CAPITAL OF THE WEST
The Pioneers are 94-17 since Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium was built in 2005.
Denver is 63-8 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 48 sellouts in the history of Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, including five in 2014 and 2015, eight in 2016 and 10 in 2017.
DU has sold out its last 28 home games.
Denver is 38-6 under Tierney in sellouts at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Denver has had 10 different players score goals in 11 of Denver's wins since the start of the 2015 season, including three-straight games from Feb. 20-28, 2016. (chart to left). 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, 2017, at St. John's on April 15, 2017, at Villanova on April 6, 2018 and vs. St. John's on April 16, 2018.
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 17 times.
The Pioneers have had five different players score at least two goals 14 times since the start of the 2014 season, including in Denver's 12-7 win over Ohio State and its 13-6 win at Providence. (2018: 2 | 2017: 5 | 2016: 1 | 2015: 4 | 2014: 2).
SUMMER BOX LACROSSE EXPERIENCE
Denver had 12 players play in the Inaugural season of the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League last summer in Denver, Colo.
The CCBLL is now one of two leagues that is a part of the newly founded National Collegiate Box Series, with expansion leagues set to take off this summer in Ohio (Columbus/Cleveland).
Colton McCaffrey and Thomas Tenney lifted the Morrow Cup as the Pioneers' two members of the 2017 Champion Big Horns. The DU duo combined for 46 goals in the league last summer.
Denver's March 3 opponent Furman is home for sophomore attackman Chad Kreuzer, who earned CCBLL MVP honors for the champion Big Horns.
Michael Cox, Alex Barnes, Zach Runberg and Mikey Pryor played for the Stoneflies, Connor Donahue, Trevor Baptiste, Nate Marano and Dylan Johnson played for the Fighting Bison and Nick Phillips and Colton Jackson played for the Gold Miners.