Sunday, May 20, 2012

Loyola 10 - DU Lacrosse 9 FINAL

(above) The Mega-Boone banner and Boone received plenty of facetime on ESPN2


In a year filled with close losses, the University of Denver men's lacrosse team absorbed yet another one-goal setback as its season came to an end Saturday. A fourth-quarter rally from a four-goal deficit fell short for the Pioneers, who lost 10-9 to top-seeded Loyola (Md.) before 13,390 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals [read entire article.

11 comments:

dggoddard said...

A great season comes to an end. Another huge year of "firsts" as the program continues to the next level.

Thanks to the players and coaches for so many exciting moments this season.

Baltimore/Annapolis was epic this weekend.

UDenver20 said...

Don't forget...

Thanks to Peg. Under her leadership the Pioneers have advanced significantly accross the board. Investing in the coaching staff for three flagship sports has helped us diversify our image as a powerhouse of NCAA athletics.

Thanks also to DG. LGDU is even more awesome than it was three or four years ago. Thanks for all of the time and dedication to building DU school spirit.

dggoddard said...

DU is not quite a powerhouse just yet, but things are looking good. Women's hoops and volleyball are the next two sports that should be knocking on the door for NCAA bids.

The next level is winning NCAA tournament games regularly across the board.

Its great to see school spirit on the rise and the students deserve a lot of the credit for that. DU's student government has really been the difference lately.

Anonymous said...

It was a really great time in Annapolis. Fantastic venue at Navy. DU did a great job with the pregame, Boone was terrific all game long and the team played they best they could. We had a strong turnout of DU fans and made a lot of noise.

Anonymous said...

We get more bad call against us in NCAA tournaments. The lax game was almost as bad as the game against Ferris in the hockey regionals.

Anonymous said...

Oh lord...don't embarrass us all...blaming the refs is the oldest BS in the book...

So, how did DU get screwed against Ferris St? Maybe you don't necessarily understand how hockey is officiated?

UDenver20 said...

First, DU earned a number of its penalties in that game. Maybe not all of them, but most of them were the result of undisciplined, stupid stick violations. So, we made our own bed and we need to own that.

However, the officiating in the LAX game wasn't just bad (based on the officials' judgment), it was wrong meaning there were (at least) three specific misapplications of the rules (just those I picked up).

With respect to the officials' "grey area" in that game, go back and watch the broadcast and listen to the broadcasters describe the penalties assessed to DU in the last quarter (specifically giving Loyola possession with ~36 seconds remaining under the premise that our push occured during the shot where in fact it had clearly occured well after the shot). Go back and listen to them describe their halftime discussion with the officials' evaluator regarding the allowable uses for video replay under the rule book (contrasted with those that they used just before halftime when they missed the stall violation).

There is absolutely ZERO excuse for the officials not knowing the rules. Recall coach T's comment "You don't know the f___ing rule" being accidentally broadcast? That was one specific scenario.

It was quite clear that the officials were not on their game that day.

Officials are human, and this was probably not a case of intentional bias - but it was clearly a case of officials who were not calibrating their game management and penalty selection to the level of the competition. Their calls influenced the outcome tremendously - and that DID have an impact on who is going to the Final Four

Anonymous said...

Man in the crease on one goal. Jay Z was hurt and they kept going after him

Anonymous said...

One of the Loyola goals was clearly the result of a moving pick. That goal should have been disallowed. The announcers even said it was as plain as day.

vizoroo said...

The team played well and never gave up. Unfortunately Loyola had our number this year.

Kizla's article on Chase may be likened to the SI curse. :-}

Anonymous said...

"Man in the crease on one goal. Jay Z was hurt and they kept going after him"

Man in the crease doesn't automatically disallow a goal. DU benefited from the old rule in the '04 championship game against Maine (which was an actual BS call), however to disallow a goal for a crease violation nowadays requires that the offender actually interfere with the goaltender's ability to play/stop the puck.

Are you kidding me about Ferris St attempting to exploit an injury against a star player? I mean, really, that is a standard operating procedure in any contact sport. Personally, I would have been shocked if Ferris did not do it. It's not like you can put a yellow no-contact jersey on a player for an actual game. Playing an in-control, physical game is not against any rules.