DU lacrosse to NCAA Tournament
The Denver Post
Two of college lacrosse’s most explosive offenses will meet Saturday in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the University of Denver.
The DU men’s team (12-4) obtained the NCAA Tournament’s No. 4 overall seed and will host a first-round game for the second time in three years, facing Albany (N.Y.) at 5:30 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
The Great Danes of Albany (13-4) lead the country in scoring (averaging 15.80 goals per game) and DU is fifth (12.64). The winner will advance to the May 19 quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and play No. 5 North Carolina (12-3) or Lehigh (12-4).
DU will make its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance — coinciding with coach Bill Tierney’s tenure with the program — and sixth overall. In Tierney’s second season (2011), the Pioneers advanced to the Final Four, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Virginia.
Last year, the Pioneers upset host North Carolina 16-14 in the first round before losing to eventual champion Loyola (Md.) 10-9 in the quarterfinals.
“This allows us to look back on the body of work of the great season our guys have had and the position it has put us in,” Tierney said. “And most exciting is we get to host another first-round game here in Denver. It’s exciting to be in the tournament, no doubt, but when you get to host a game it gets highlighted throughout the community.”
The Pioneers are coming off an 11-10 loss to Ohio State in the ECAC Tournament championship game over the weekend.
Senior Eric Law, an Arapahoe High School product, leads the Pioneers with 64 points (33 goals) and sophomore Wesley Berg has a team-high 44 goals.
The DU women’s team (17-2) also advanced to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance, and will play Jacksonville (13-5) on Friday in Gainesville, Fla. The winner plays Sunday against fifth-seeded Florida, which has a first-round bye.
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