Nov. 15, 2017
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DENVER - The University of Denver men's lacrosse program will host five regular season games in 2018, including visits to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for two teams that made the trip with the Pioneers to Foxboro a year ago in Ohio State and Towson, and BIG EAST Conference rivals Marquette.
Denver's 13-game regular season schedule includes seven teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago and four that made the quarterfinals.
The Pioneers will open the 2018 campaign with a rematch of the 2017 NCAA First Round as the Pioneers head to Air Force on February 10th. DU is 19-2 against the Falcons since turning Division I in 1999, taking both meetings last year by scores of 14-6 (Feb. 11 - regular season opener) and 17-10 (May 13 - NCAA First Round).
Denver will then head to Duke for the first time since 2014 to take on the Blue Devils (Feb. 17). After Duke won the first three meetings in the series, the Pioneers have won six of the last eight. Denver and Duke have met in the regular season every year since 2011, including four neutral site meetings during that stretch. Duke has won three of the four meetings in Durham.
The Pioneers will host just a single game in the final weekend of February this season, hosting former assistant coach Dylan Sheridan and second-year program Cleveland State on February 25. Denver won the Faceoff Classic meeting 19-6 at Peter Barton a year ago. This will mark the first year since it began in 2001 that Denver will not host a Faceoff Classic.
DU will play its only two-game weekend of the regular season when the Pioneers head to Furman (March 3) and North Carolina (March 5). Furman and Denver played in Air Force's indoor facility as part of the 2015 Faceoff Classic due to heavy snow in the Denver area. The Pioneers won the only meeting between the two programs 10-5. DU's return trip to Chapel Hill comes after the Tar Heels first regular season trip to Denver since the 2008 season a year ago. North Carolina took the 2017 meeting 13-9, and holds a 10-5 series edge overall, but the Pioneers have won four of the last six in the series.
The Crimson and Gold will close out a three-game road swing and a stretch of five of its first six on the road when the Pioneers head to South Bend to take on rival Notre Dame (March 10). Denver advanced to Championship Weekend in 2017 after defeating Notre Dame 16-4 in the quarterfinals at Hofstra. Prior to that meeting, seven of the last eight in the series had been decided by a single goal and five of the last seven needed overtime to decide a winner. Denver has won the last six against the Fighting Irish, including a 2016 meeting in South Bend (10-9 OT).
Denver returns to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for a two-game home stand against the two other Championship Weekend opponents on the Pioneers' schedule. Ohio State and Denver continue its alternating home and away series on March 17, before Towson makes the return trip to the Mile High City following the Pioneers' one-goal win in Maryland a year ago (March 24).
Ohio State leads the overall series 12-11 with the Pioneers, but Denver is 7-3 on the DU campus against the Buckeyes, including winners of its last four. OSU defeated DU 16-7 in Columbus in 2017. Towson leads the series 4-2, including a win in Denver in the 2016 NCAA First Round. The Pioneers took the one-goal decision in Maryland a year ago by a count of 12-11.
The Pioneers close out their March calendar by beginning BIG EAST Conference play at Georgetown (March 31). Denver will then head to Villanova the following week (April 7) to wrap-up its two-game road swing to start conference play. DU will also visit Providence in BIG EAST play this season (April 21).
DU will host St. John's (April 14) and Marquette (April 28) in league regular season action this year before heading back to Villanova for the BIG EAST Championships May 3-5.
Denver has won four-consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular season titles since joining the league ahead of the 2014 season. The Pioneers are a perfect 21-0 in BIG EAST regular season play, but will look for their first conference tournament title since 2015 when the league crowns a postseason champion in Villanova next May.
Previewing the 2018 Pioneers
The University of Denver men's lacrosse team, sponsored by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, will host Delaware in its only tune-up before the 2018 campaign on January 27 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Three-time USILA First Team All-American Trevor Baptiste (Denville, N.J.) returns in 2018 in hopes of bookending his career with National Championships. The Denver captain was DU's third Tewaaraton Award finalist in as many years in 2017, finishing first in faceoff win percentage (.744-fourth best in NCAA history), second in faceoff wins (297-seventh-most in NCAA history) and second in ground balls per game (10.47 - 10th most in NCAA history). Baptiste enters his final collegiate campaign third in NCAA history in career faceoff wins (879) and fifth in career ground balls (481).
The 2018 Pioneers will also be captained by offensive midfielder Connor Donahue (Groton, Mass.) and long stick midfielder Sean Mayle (San Carlos, Calif.). Donahue was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection a year ago, putting up 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists. Mayle is a two-time BIG EAST First Team pick, making 44 career appearances in Denver's defense.
Denver's offense returns four of its top five point-getters from a year ago for an offense that finished fifth in the country in scoring average at 13.47. Denver also finished 10th nationally in man-up offense at 45.6 percent and second in scoring margin at +4.71. Sophomore Ethan Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) led the 2017 Pioneers in points (72) and assists (32) a year ago.
The Pioneers' defense finished 13th nationally at 8.76 goals-per-game a year ago. Juniors Dylan Johnson (Englewood, Colo.) and Dylan Gaines (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Matt Jones (Denver, Colo.) all started at least seven games at close defense for Denver a year ago, while SSDMs Nick Phillips (Denver, Colo.), Danny Logan (Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Zach Runberg (Centennial, Colo.) join Mayle and Colin Squires (West Linn, Ore.) as returners in Denver's defensive midfield.
Head coach Bill Tierney returns for his ninth season in charge of the Denver program, reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of his previous eight seasons, including trips to Championship Weekend in five of the last seven years. Tierney enters his 34th season as a college head coach with a record of 381-125, including 109-31 at Denver.
A full season preview will be released in January.
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