Men's Lacrosse

[1/1] Denver Hosts 2016 BIG EAST Championships Presented by the Jeep Brand

May 3, 2016
BIG EAST Semi #1: [19/19/2 seed] Marquette (9-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) vs [16/16/3 seed] Villanova (9-4, 3-2 BIG EAST)
BIG EAST Semi #2: [1/1/1 seed] Denver (12-1, 5-0 BIG EAST) vs [-/-/4 seed] Providence (7-8, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Date & TimeThursday, May 5 at 4:30 p.m. MT/7 p.m. MT
LocationPeter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (2,000) - Denver, Colo.
TVCBS Sports Network (Ben Holden and Evan Washburn)
Radio104.3 The Fan (Tyler Maun) | Pioneer Vision (Audio Only)
Live Stats|
Game InfoDenver Game Notes (.pdf) | Denver Media Guide (.pdf) | Marquette | Villanova | Providence | BIG EAST
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Twitter@DU_Pioneers | @DU_MLAX | #DENvPC, #DUGameDay, #DU1NATION, #BIGEASTmlax



THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
• Denver won its third-straight BIG EAST Championship, and its sixth conference championship in seven years under head coach Bill Tierney with a 14-11 win over Marquette.
• Denver will host the 2016 BIG EAST Championship at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium this weekend. This is the first BIG EAST Tournament in Denver and the first conference championship at PBLS since 2012.
• The winner of the two Thursday semifinals will play in the BIG EAST Championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MT on FS2.

THE TIERNEY FILE
• Head coach Bill Tierney is in his seventh season with the Pioneers, holding a 95-26 record at DU and a 367-119 career record in his 32nd season.
• 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).
• Coming into the 2016 season, Tierney was the 13th winningest active coach in the NCAA with a 75.1 winning percentage (min five seasons).
• Was fifth in wins with 355, behind Jim Berkman (D3/466), Hank Janczyk (D3/406), Dom Starsia (Virginia/368) and John Danowski (Duke/359) to start the season.
• Became the third DI coach to record 350 wins on April 30, 2015 at Villanova.
• Tierney is 3-0 (1-0 home) against Providence, with all three meetings coming during his tenure at Denver.
• The BIG EAST regular season title was Tierney's 20th conference championship since starting his 22-year tenure at Princeton in the 1988 season.
• Tierney now has double digit wins in 26 of 32 seasons as a head coach.

DEFENDING THE LACROSSE CAPITAL OF THE WEST
• The Pioneers are 79-14 since Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium was built in 2005.
• Denver is 48-5 under head coach Bill Tierney at Peter Barton.
• DU has a 21-game home winning streak, the longest active (chart on page 14).
• April 30, 2016 marked the 29th sellout in the history of Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, including five in 2014 and 2015 and six in 2016 (Rec: 3,117 on 03/28/15).
• Denver is 24-4 in sellouts at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (not including exhibition).

DENVER IN THE RANKINGS
• DU enters the week No. 1/1/2 in the three major polls.
• Denver began the 2016 season at 1/2/2 and began the 2015 season 1 in all three.

TO THE POINT

• Connor Cannizzaro extended his active point streak to 38 games last time out, the eighth longest in the country. The junior transfer also has a 38-game active goal streak, the longest active in the country.
• Cannizzaro has 165 (108G-57A) points in the stretch.

MILLER TIME
• Zach Miller's 47 game point streak was snapped on April 16. At the time it was the 3rd longest in the nation. Miller had 147 points in the stretch (81-66), and it marked his only career game played without a point.
• Miller was named the Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week after scoring three goals and adding a helper in Denver's 9-8 overtime win over [2/1] Notre Dame.

THIRD SEASON IN THE BIG EAST
• For the second-consecutive season, the Pioneers won both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the BIG EAST in 2015.
• Denver is a perfect 16-0 in BIG EAST regular season games and 4-0 in the conference tournament, and owns the nation's 2nd longest active winning streak against conference foes (20) and sixth-longest in NCAA history.

DOUBLE-DIGIT GOALS
• Denver scored double-digit goals in 26-consecutive games prior to Denver's 9-8 overtime win at Notre Dame on March 13. The stretch is now 33-of-34.
• The Pioneers have scored double-digit goals 99 times since the arrival of seventh-year head coach Bill Tierney.
• DU is 88-11 when scoring double-digit goals since the start of the 2010 season.
• Denver has scored double-digit goals 118 times since Matt Brown joined the staff full time in 2008. Since 2008, Denver is 103-15.

TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
• Denver is 66-4 under head coach Bill Tierney when its defense allows fewer than 10 goals in a game, including 7-0 in 2016.
• Since defensive coordinator John Orsen's arrival ahead of the 2015 season, Denver is 19-0 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 scoreless in nine-straight games from March 29-May 18, 2014.
• Denver's defense held Georgetown to four goals on April 2, its lowest goals allowed total since limiting Villanova to four on 4/3/15 (15-4).

SPREADING THE WEALTH
• Denver has had 10 different players score goals in eight of Denver's wins since the start of the 2015 season, including three-straight games from Feb. 20-28, 2016. (`16: vs. Duke, Sacred Heart, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Providence `15: Georgetown, at St. John's and at Marquette). Denver had nine different players score in its 15-6 win over Ohio St and in its 14-11 win over Marquette.
• Since offensive coordinator and current 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 14 times (chart to right).
• The Pioneers had five different players score at least two goals in one game in 2016 (at Georgetown), four games in 2015 (at Lehigh, at. St. John's, at Marquette and vs. Georgetown) and twice in 2014.

X MARKS THE SPOT
• Sophomore FOGO Trevor Baptiste is 530-777 (.682) from the X in his career, setting the NCAA record in 2015 for faceoff wins by a freshman (310).
• Baptiste has had double-digit faceoff wins in all 32 games of his collegiate career, 15+ faceoff wins in 23 career games, including nine times in 2016 and 20+ faceoff wins in eight career games, including four times in 2016.
• Baptiste's 20 ground balls on April 16 vs. St. John's broke the DU single-game record and sits ninth in the NCAA record book.
• Baptiste's rookie season total of 310 faceoff wins was also the fourth-most faceoff wins in a single-season in NCAA history.
• Baptiste is 1st in active FO% (0.682), 5th in FO wins (530) and 1st in GBs/G (8.41).

DENVER AS A TOP-5 TEAM
• Denver is 50-10 as a top-5 team since turning DI, including 10-3 (5-1 Home) as the No. 1 team in the coaches' poll.

BONUS LACROSSE
• Denver is 9-7 in overtime under head coach Bill Tierney, winning the last five and eight of its last nine.

TEWAARATON NOMINEES
• Trevor Baptiste, Connor Cannizzaro and Zach Miller were all named Tewaaraton nominees on April 29.
• Denver had five players named to the 50 player Tewaaraton Watch List on February 23, tying Virginia for the most in the country.
• Trevor Baptiste, Christian Burgdorf, Connor Cannizzaro, Zach Miller and Tyler Pace were named to the Watch List.

DENVER'S SENIOR CLASS
• Denver has nine seniors on its 2016 roster, led by senior captain Jack Bobzien.
• The senior class is a combined 59-11 in the last 3+ seasons, the most wins of any program in the country (chart on page 14).
• DU's senior class has been to Championship Weekend in each of its first three NCAA Tournaments.

2016 MIDSEASON AWARDS
• Lacrosse Magazine Named Zach Miller the Midseason Most Outstanding Midfielder.
• Miller was joined by Connor Cannizzaro and Christian Burgdorf on LM's Midseason First Team All-American list.
• Inside Lacrosse recognized Connor Cannizzaro and Tyler Pace as 2016 Midseason First Team All-Americans.
• Inside Lacrosse recognized Zach Miller, Trevor Baptiste and Christian Burgdorf as 2016 Midseason Second Team All-Americans.

READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
• Freshman Nate Marano was the first Pioneer to score four or more goals in his first career game since 2008, doing so in Denver's 10-9 win at Air Force.
• Freshman Alex Ready was the first Pioneer freshman to start in goal on opening day since Jamie Faus in the 2011. The freshman had 22 saves in his first two games, and had a season-high 14 saves in Denver's 9-8 overtime win over [2/1] Notre Dame. Ready was named the USILA National Defensive Player of the Week on March 16 after the Notre Dame victory.
• Bill Tierney started four freshmen in the 2016 opener - Alex Ready (goal), Dylan Johnson (defense), Austin French (midfield) and Nate Marano (attack). Freshman Colton Jackson (second midfield) also saw time in the season opener.
• 15 of Denver's 16 freshmen have seen action in the 2016 campaign. Freshman Chris Kownacki joined the program in January and will redshirt in 2016.

MAN-UP
• Brendan Bomberry has 11 man-up goals this season, putting him 2nd on Denver's Division I single-season list, 2 off the mark that Connor Cannizzaro set in 2015.
• Bomberry had three man-up goals in Denver's win over Sacred Heart in the 2016 Faceoff Classic, tying for the second-most man-up goals in a single game in Denver's Division I history.

PIONEER NEWCOMERS
• 17 newcomers join the Pioneers for the 2016 season, a class that Inside Lacrosse tabbed the ninth best in the nation.
• 2015 Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshmen Rankings: Nate Marano (28), Dylan Johnson (37), Colton Jackson (75) and Austin French (88).
• Nine of Denver's 16 freshmen earned U.S. Lacrosse All-America honors during their high school careers: Austin French, Brett Greenlee, Ryan Harnisch, Colton Jackson, Dylan Johnson, Nate Marano, Quinn McKone, Alex Ready, Colin Rutan.

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.

LACROSSE MAGAZINE PRESEASON HONORS
• Denver was picked as the No. 2 team in the preseason by Lacrosse Magazione, a year after being preseason No. 1 in the poll and winning the 2015 National Championship.
• Connor Cannizzaro, Christian Burgdorf and Trevor Baptiste were listed in the 12-man Preseason All-America list released by the publication on February 8.

INSIDE LACROSSE PRESEASON HONORS
• Denver was picked as the No. 2 team in the preseason by Inside Lacrosse, a year after being preseason No. 1 in the poll and winning the 2015 National Championship.
• The Pioneers also had five players earn All-America preseason honors in December.
• Junior captains Christian Burgdorf, Tyler Pace junior attackman Connor Cannizzaro and sophomore faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste were all named to the first team.
• 2014 Inside Lacrosse Freshman of the Year Zach Miller earned second-team honors for the second-consecutive season.

20 STRAIGHT WINS SNAPPED
• Denver's 20-game winning streak was snapped by [RV/RV] Penn State on March 26 in Dallas. The streak was the longest active in the nation at the time, and ended as the eighth longest in NCAA history.
• The streak was the longest since Bill Tierney's Princeton Tigers won 29-straight from March, 1996-March, 1998. Cornell holds the NCAA record with 42-straight wins from March, 1976 - May, 1978.

HAT TRICK TRIOS
• Denver has had three players record hat tricks in the same game seven times since the start of the 2015 season (16': at North Carolina, St. John's; 15' vs. Duke, Georgetown, Providence, at Villanova, vs. Georgetown).
• The Pioneers had three players score hat tricks five times in 2014 as well.

SOCK-IT-TO-ME
• 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
• On Feb. 14, 2015 vs. Duke, Jack Bobzien scored six in Denver's season-opener, including five in the second half.

RETURNING PIONEERS
• Denver returns six of 10 starters from its 2015 National Championship team, and the team that reached Championship Weekend for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
• The Pioneers are captained by senior Jack Bobzien and juniors Christian Burgdorf and Tyler Pace.
• Denver lost one starter from each position grouping heading into 2016: attackman and NCAA Tournament MOP Wesley Berg, midfielder and USILA All-American Erik Adamson, defender Carson Cannon and four-year starter and 2015 NCAA All-Tournament Team selection Ryan LaPlante.

THE CANNIZZARO EFFECT
• Connor Cannizzaro had at least seven points in six games in 2015, including eight points in each of Denver's first two games and in the BIG EAST Final, becoming the first player in program history to have eight points in two or more games in a season. Cannizzaro had his first seven+ point game of the season in Denver's BIG EAST opener at Georgetown on April 2.
• In his rookie season at Maryland, the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year had just eight assists.

A GAME OF RUNS
• Denver has had 10 10-1 runs or better in games under head coach Bill Tierney.

PIONEERS FROM ALL OVER
• Denver's roster is comprised of student-athletes from 15 different states as well as two Canadian provinces.

ANOTHER LOOK AT 2015
• Denver's 17 wins in 2015 tied for the third most in NCAA history, behind only Duke's 18 wins in 2008 and Loyola's (Md.) 18 in 2012.
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