DENVER – The University of Denver has positioned itself to leverage its recent lacrosse success for the expansion of the game’s popularity in the Western United States. Situated in one of the sport’s emerging hotbeds, DU secured the intellectual property rights to the name “Lacrosse Capital of the West,” formally depicted in the trademarked logo, as a symbol of the institution’s commitment to the game’s development.
Since Coach Tierney’s arrival in the summer of 2009, the Pioneers have compiled an impressive 27-8 overall record, a 13-0 ECAC mark and a 17-2 home record in just two seasons. Denver has also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons, including recording its first-ever tournament win with a 13-10 decision over Villanova in the first-ever NCAA Tournament game West of the Mississippi River.
Tierney’s impact on the student-athletes at Denver has already resulted in one USILA Second Team All-American, five USILA All-America Honorable Mention selections, two USILA Scholar All-Americans, one ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, one ECAC Rookie of the Year, one ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, seven All-ECAC First Team selections and five All-ECAC Second Team selections.
Tierney has also been named the ECAC Coach of the Year twice. Prior to the start of the season, Tierney was honored as US Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2009.
The Pioneers will face the U.S. National Team in an exhibition action at the 2012 Champion Challenge in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. MT. The Pioneers open the 2012 season against Ohio State in the Sunshine Classic on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. MT at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
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