Denver Falls to the Terps 10-7

Denver Falls to the Terps 10-7

Denver Falls to the Terps 10-7

Denver Falls to the Terps 10-7

The Pioneers jumped on the board early in the game with an unassisted goal by freshman George Bishop (Denver, Colo.) that put Denver ahead 1-0 at 4:57. Denver was unable to maintain the lead for long as the Terrapins rallied off four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead at 11:43 of the second quarter. Denver regained composure late in the half and cut the deficit in half when sophomore Alex Stanton (Denver, Colo.) accepted a feed from senior Mike Law (Englewood, Colo.) on the side of the net and fired the ball into the upper right corner to pull the Pioneers within two goals, 4-2, with 3:07 to play in the half. Maryland answered with a goal 40 seconds later and held a 5-2 lead at halftime. The Terrapins out-shot Denver 18-13 in the first half and held Denver's leading scorer, Law, without a shot on goal in the first 30 minutes of play.

Maryland stormed out of the locker room in the third frame and dominated play on both ends of the field. The Pioneers were unable to mount much of an attack for most of the quarter and were out-shot 13-4 in the period. Junior Chad Wittman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ended the scoreless drought for the Pioneers with 3:00 to play in the period after he drove through four Terrapin defensemen and fired a shot low into the corner of the net to bring Denver within four, 3-7. Law added a goal less then two minutes later, his sixth of the year, to cut the lead to three, 4-7 heading into the final quarter.

Denver opened the fourth quarter with a three-minute extra-man opportunity but failed to convert and were held to only two shots on goal. The Terrapins answered with two consecutive goals, 46 seconds apart, to pull away and take a five-goal lead, 9-4 with just over 10 minutes to play. Denver mounted a late-game attack and celebrated goals by sophomore McAdory Lipscomb (Wilton, Conn.) at 9:56 and Law at 12:14 that brought the Pioneers to within three, 9-6, but Maryland ended Denver's hopes for an upset with a fast-break goal 18 seconds later that put the game out of reach, 10-6. Denver senior Travis Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added a marker at 13:00 but was not enough as the Terrapins held on to win and prove why they belong in nation's elite.

For the game, Maryland out-shot Denver 38-23, won the ground ball battle, 41-32, and scored one goal in three extra-man attempts while holding Denver to just one goal in eight tries. Denver senior goalie Brian Berger (Phoenix, Md.) made 14 saves for the Pioneers and Maryland net-minder Pat McGinnis stopped 10 shots to preserves the victory.

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Wow, Denver is ok huh
    by (#3045) on 2/26/01 @12:35PM
I didn't know Denver could be that competitive. 20 east coast guys on the team too. How did they get all those lax players to go all the way out there? They must be dishin out some cash.
 
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Jamie Munro Head Coach at DU
    by (#7379) on 2/26/01 @3:08PM
Coach Munro is the difference in that program.
He has developed an excellent team over the last two years.
He has gotten his players and recruits to buy into his concepts and vision.
With all of his youthful enthusiasm and lacrosse knowledge, I believe DU will be competing for the league title for years to come.
The guy can flat out recruit as well. Recruit at Yale for ten years, then recruit at Denver...a layup for him.
Watch out Notre Dame

Go DU!
 
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Also
    by (#764) on 2/26/01 @3:27PM
DU is also pumping a lot more money in that program than ever before. The facilities are also really nice (locker rooms, stadium, etc.) Also, a nice ski trip in the offseason ain't that bad...
 
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also
    by (#951) on 2/26/01 @3:44PM
the broads at that school are pretty nice too. which can be a powerful recruiting tool as well
 
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Definitely
    by (#5453) on 2/26/01 @10:57PM
But Boulder is like the hot woman capital.
 
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I dont' think so.
    by (#7448) on 2/27/01 @5:33AM
WRONG!! Coach Munro is NOT the difference, in fact, he may be part of the problem. I'll give you that he is a great recruiter but he's a VERY young coach and has not yet learned the art of touch and tact.

There is a time to yell and scream and be a jerk and there's a time to be supportive and encouraging. Mr. Munro hasn't yet learned the latter. If your players hate and fear you, you're doing something wrong. A coach should be respected and admired, not abhorred.
 
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Wow, that's a bold statement
    by (#394) on 2/27/01 @8:54AM
Richard, I assume that you have personal experience with Coach Munro. There are many at Princeton that might say the same of Bill Tierney. Although I don't have personal experience with him, except professionally (which has always been positive), some of his former players (who like and respect him) have said that he can be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That has gotten results. Others say he is nuts and have stopped playing for him. It all depends on who you talk to. So I would like to hear what happened with you at DU before I believe what I read.

Whether you have personal experience with him or not I agree that there needs to be a balance. Not only does there have to be a good cop and a bad cop, but each coach needs to know when to be the opposite. My personal experience under my college coach in the early 80's was a negative one as well. It wasn't a matter of good versus bad or hot head versus meat head, it was more about playing favorites or not. At the risk of sowing sour grapes, it's fun if you are "the one" and not so fun if you want to be and aren't.
 
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Riding Pine?
    by (#7379) on 2/27/01 @10:52AM
Rich-
Riding some serious pine huh?
 
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Riding Pine?
    by (#7379) on 2/27/01 @10:54AM
Rich-
Riding some serious pine huh?
 
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More pine talk
    by (#770) on 2/27/01 @3:30PM
Nothing for nothing, but you can't deny that Denver is an up-and-coming program. Are they going to make the tournament any time soon? Who knows. Before Munro, they weren't anything. Many a program has gotten a solid coach and still fizzled, so the man must be doing something right. I know a few players at Denver, and have known a few who no longer play there, and not once was his deportment part of the conversation. The only thing negative any of the kids said was that his first year he worked them hard in the pre-season and many weren't up to that level of commitment. So, what gives, Rico? Sounds like your son is either planting butt potatoes or is sitting in the bleachers.
 
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Big Crowd in Denver?
    by (#5509) on 2/27/01 @4:12PM
I heard that this game of the Pioneer Classic was sold out...Is it true that there were about 3-4,000 fans? If so, then Denver lax is getting huge. Regarding the team, this team will be in the playoffs soon. They will get good players to come play at DU. With a big city, good looking Colorado ski chicks, a nice campus, good athletic facilities, the only d1 team in the Denver metro area, and obvious fan support...heck I thought I saw John Elway in one of those pictures...
 
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Big Crowd
    by (#5367) on 2/27/01 @4:49PM
Yeh their were a couple thousand there, but the big draw was a lot of the younger kids (highschool and younger) coming to see a team like Maryland. Knowing that DU could compete with a team like Maryland has definitly sparked a lot of interest w/ lax players out here. coaching highschool and having friends coach at different highschools we made it a pretty big point to have all the kids go and watch the next level of play.
 
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It will be awhile
    by (#3045) on 2/27/01 @5:07PM
Although Denver put up a good show against Maryland, its going to be awhile before they will seriously contend. As for High School Lax in the area, it could take a while there too. I live in Massachusetts where theve had lax for a lot longer and its still tough here to put out top d1 players. 20 players on Denvers team are from the east coast anyway. I hope lax becomes big out there but I think it will be harder than people realize.
 
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lax in the west
    by (#6093) on 2/28/01 @12:16AM
it is growning rapidly out west in colorado and california, youth league are being set up all over the west which will soon knock off the east coast as a lax powerhouse. you have co and ca guys playing in big time program such as spencer wright playing at cuse, guys at denver, and some playing for roanoke. even at some of the smaller programs such as whittier, bulter. california and colorado are producing better atheletes it is just now starting to catch on.
 
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yea maybe
    by (#6480) on 2/28/01 @2:50AM
just look at the top players in D1 , there are all from the east coast and it will stay that way believe me. The West ain't got shit...
 
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CO rocks
    by (#5670) on 2/28/01 @4:29PM
You might be surprised. I grew up in Corning, NY, played club in Long Island, and thought I was leaving lax behind when I moved to Denver. But the club ball is stocked with all-americans from back east. But a lot of the talent is homegrown from youth programs, through high schools. It's growing and that's awesome. Rather than your us v. them attitude you should be thrilled that the sport is getting huge and someday, if you decide living in the west is for you, skiing, job, or whatever, you won't have to leave lax behind.
Lax on!
 
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Oh and another thing ...
    by (#5670) on 2/28/01 @4:31PM
.. check the studs on DU, a lot of them are from Denver!
 
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you're a jacka@@.....
    by (#189) on 2/28/01 @11:36PM
if thats what you think, because you are nothing but a looser who's hopes and dreams of playing for a big school are going to be shattered by a laid back a@@ kickin' hardcore balls-to-the-wall, leave-it-all-on-the-field, play-for-the-love-of-the-game west coast lacrosse player who is liked by all because he's not a snob wanna-be like yourself.
 
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Good One DAX!! (nt)
    by (#1871) on 3/01/01 @2:58AM
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Big Crowd
    by (#5967) on 2/27/01 @10:47PM
Yeah, there were a lot of younger kids, I was one of them, but keep in mind that most of them were the DU students.
 
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B-More Talent
    by (#4476) on 2/28/01 @5:51PM
Im from Baltimore, so I know, the Ravens kick ass at lax.
 
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Denver Lacrosse
    by (#5836) on 3/01/01 @9:22PM
This is exactly the type of attitude that has manipulated the positions of coaches in all sports from coach to babysitter. As a coach you do what it takes to field a great team; at the college level you are dealing with young men, not children. Sometimes to get the best performance out of players one needs to play the heavy, off the field a relationship of "respect and admiration" can be further fostered.
FACT-The staff at DU has put this program on the map. The staff at DU has done a tremendous amount for lacrosse in Colorado and this does not happen without some growing pains. I believe alot of the merit in the staff at DU lies in the youth of the staff and the utter commitment they demonstrate to building an outstanding program. There will always be naysayers and those who will find problems in coaching techniques. Let the success of this rising program speak for itself. Kudos to DU staff for putting on one the best lacrosse events I have witnessed in CO and kudos to the lacrosse community for coming out and supporting a great bunch of lacrosse games.
 
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Altitude
    by (#7571) on 2/28/01 @4:33PM
Nobody mentioned altitude. MD didn't run at all. They took the air out of the ball on every possesion and went settled 6v6. Smart play when the air is thin and Denver can run. At MD where the Terps can run & gun, it coulda been a lot worse.
 
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middie
    by (#6356) on 3/05/01 @12:52AM
Anyone know how long Biggs is out for? Watch him once he gets back
 
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