The University of Denver men's lacrosse team will host No. 6 Loyola University at INVESCO Field at Mile High today at 1 p.m. MT in the final regular season home game for the Pioneers. DU has a seven game winning streak and today's game will be for an NCAA tournament bid. Loyola has most likely already clinched an At-large bid.
----------As expected, Jason Zucker's performance at the World Under 18 Championships sent his NHL Draft stock upwards. He cracked the Top 30 of the International Scouting Service's List of Top 30 Prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft. Zucker and incoming Freshman Beau Bennet both have a chance of being selected in the first round of the NHL Draft in June.
Jason Zucker, LW -- USA Under 18
Consistent, aggressive and energetic, Zucker is a warrior and is willing to do the little things it takes to win. Compete level around the net is excellent. Fished puck out of scramble behind net and quickly centered it to set up 1-0 goal in 1st at the U18s. Has easily been one of the best forwards for any team in this tournament.
----------Adding fuel to the "Coach Gwozdecky Contract Fiasco" the University of Wisconsin was able to sign hockey coach Mike Eaves to a contract extension through 2015.
----------DU Alum Kevin Ulanski has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Central Hockey League. Ulanski had 34 goals, 75 assists and a league-best 109 points this season for the Colorado Eagles. He also led the league with a plus-45 rating.
2012 recruit Dakota Mermis was selected in the 12th round of the OHL Draft by the London Knights. No doubt the Knights will try and pry Mermis away from playing at DU, but there are a couple of reasons to think that he will play for the Pioneers. His other brother Jarrod is coming to DU next season and his father is a school teacher so presumably a college education is a priority for the family.
----------2011 recruit Scott Mayfield was selected by the Kitchener Rangers in the 6th Round of the OHL Draft. Since Mayfield's parents attended DU Law School together, its pretty likely that he'll attend Denver in 2011.