NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Jumps In Media Poll Prior To Match-Up With 10-0 Loyola

The Denver Pioneers moved down a bit in the latest college lacrosse rankings.

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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Loyola Takes Over The Top Spot After Defeating Denver

The Denver Pioneers were unable to upset new No. 1 Loyola, falling 12-9 in front of a sold out home crowd at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The loss drops the Pioneers to fourth in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference with only the April 21 matchup with Fairfield remaining in conference play.

Denver's offense was led by sophomore midfielder Jeremy Noble, with three goals, and senior Alex Demopoulos with two. Junior Chase Carraro dominated the face-off circle, winning 21-of-25 face-offs for Denver and grabbing 14 ground balls.

With the loss, Denver dropped from No. 8 to No. 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll and fell from No. 10 to No. 12 in the Nike Media Poll.

The biggest news nationally was Loyola's win over Denver and Virginia's loss to the Duke Blue Devils, allowing the Greyhounds to take over the No. 1 spot in both polls. DU takes on the Blue Devils at Mile High Stadium in two weeks. Previous No. 3/3 Johns Hopkins fell to Maryland and slipped to No. 7/6.

The Pioneers now get ready for their last ECAC match before the conference tournament when they hit road to take on No. 17/17 Fairfield on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Loyola
2 2 UMASS
3 3 Cornell
4 5 Notre Dame
5 7 Duke
6 4 Virginia
7 6 Johns Hopkins
8 8 Maryland
9 9 UNC
10 12 Lehigh
11 13 Colgate
12 10 Denver
13 14 Princeton
14 15 Syracuse
15 11 Villanova
16 16 Penn State
17 17 Fairfield
18 18 Bucknell
19 19 Bryant
20 NR Army


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Jumps In Media Poll Prior To Match-Up With 10-0 Loyola

The Denver Pioneers had no issues with Bellarmine last Friday night in a 12-6 win that moved the Pioneers to 7-3 heading into a huge match-up with undefeated and No. 4 Loyola on Saturday. Against Bellarmine, senior Mark Matthews had a season-high six points off of five goals and one assists. Denver also received four points from Alex Demopoulos and three from sophomore Jeremy Noble.

The polls went the opposite directions as last week, with the Nike Media Poll moving Denver up three spots to No. 8 and the USILA Coaches Poll moving them down a notch to No. 10. In the media poll DU sits above North Carolina and Maryland but they both stay ahead of the Pioneers in the coaches poll, even with UNC coming off of a loss to No. 1 Virginia.

In national news, No. 1 Virginia held on to the top spot with a 15-10 win over the Tar Heels. The rest of the top seven in the polls remained the same. Syracuse jumped from No. 17 to No. 14 in the Nike poll after a win over Princeton.

The Pioneers now prepare for a huge match-up with 10-0 Loyola this Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 at DU's Peter Barton Stadium.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 UMASS
3 3 Johns Hopkins
4 4 Loyola
5 5 Cornell
6 6 Notre Dame
7 7 Duke
8 10 Denver
9 8 UNC
10 9 Maryland
11 11 Lehigh
12 14 Colgate
13 15 Princeton
14 13 Syracuse
15 12 Villanova
16 16 Penn State
17 17 Fairfield
18 18 Bucknell
19 19 Bryant
20 NR St. Johns


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Moves Down A Spot In Media Poll, Up One In Coaches

The Denver Pioneers went in opposite directions in the two main NCAA lacrosse polls after a 15-8 of the Hobart Statesmen at home. The win gave the Pioneers a 6-3 record on the season as they are in the midst of a three-game home streak. Against Hobart, senior Mark Matthews led the Pioneers with four goals and five points, giving him his 25th career hat trick. Freshman Wes Berg continued an impressive rookie campaign with three goals and four points.

In the Nike Media Poll Denver fell one spot for the second straight week to No. 11 due to North Carolina jumping up on the strength of their win over former No.1 Johns Hopkins. In the USILA Coaches Poll the Pioneers moved up a spot to No. 9 by shooting past Maryland.


Denver Vs. Hobart: Pioneers Defeat Statesmen, 15-8


The biggest news in national action was the Tar Heels taking down Johns Hopkins in Maryland. The win knocked Hopkins from the top spot allowing Virginia to reclaim to. Loyola, who Denver plays at home in two weeks, and UMASS remain the only undefeated teams in the country.

The Pioneers take on Bellarmine at Peter Barton Stadium this Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 UMASS
3 3 Johns Hopkins
4 4 Loyola
5 5 Cornell
6 6 Notre Dame
7 7 Lehigh
8 8 Duke
9 9 UNC
10 11 Princeton
11 9 Denver
12 12 Maryland
13 15 Bucknell
14 14 Fairfield
15 16 Penn State
16 17 Colgate
17 17 Syracuse
18 13 Villanova
19 NR Towson
20 19 Bryant


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Slips Slightly After Second Straight One Goal Loss

The Denver Pioneers fell slightly in both polls after a split in a rare two game week. On Tuesday, the Pioneers feel fell by a goal in overtime to a top ten opponent for the second game in a row as they lost 9-8 against Cornell at a neutral site in Hempstead, New York. On Saturday, DU was able to get back in the win column with a 11-8 defeat of the Air Force Falcons in Colorado Springs.

In the Nike Media Poll Denver fell one spot to No. 10 and in the USILA Coaches Poll the Pioneers slipped two spots to the same record. The pollsters seem to be giving the team credit for two close losses against some of the nation's top opponents, but at some point Denver needs to break through for a big win away from Peter Barton Stadium (although they did take down No. 18/18 Penn State on the road).


NCAA Lacrosse Scores, Denver Vs. Air Force: Pioneers Defeat Falcons, 11-8


In national action, Johns Hopkins was able to take down former No. 1 Virginia 11-10 in overtime one week after beating Syracuse to take over the top spots in both polls. In the Coaches Poll, undefeated UMASS was able to jump Virginia for the No. 2 spot, but they remained behind the Cavaliers in the Nike Poll. Cornell was able to stay undefeated after their mid-week win over Denver and beat Penn 16-11 to rise to No. 4/5.

The 5-3 Pioneers finally return home after a four game road stretch to take on Hobart on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Johns Hopkins
2 3 Virginia
3 2 UMASS
4 5 Cornell
5 4 Loyola
6 6 Notre Dame
7 7 Lehigh
8 8 Duke
9 9 Maryland
10 10 Denver
11 13 Princeton
12 11 UNC
13 12 Villanova
14 14 Syracuse
15 15 Fairfield
16 16 Bucknell
17 17 Colgate
18 18 Penn State
19 NR Navy
20 19 Georgetown


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Moves Up After Close Loss

The Denver Pioneers battled through two full overtimes but they were unable to hold on in the third when they fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-9 in South Bend. Although it was DU's second loss of the season, the Pioneers held steady in one poll and actually moved up a spot in the other. Denver stays at No. 9 in the Nike Media Poll and takes over the No. 8 spot in the USILA Coaches Poll. Notre Dame jumped a spot in each poll to No. 6/7.

Denver trailed the Fighting Irish 7-4 at halftime, but was able to take over in the second half to knot the game at nine. The Pioneers scored five goals and displayed a stout defense that allowed just two. Jeremy Noble had two goals and Cameron Flint, Wes Berg and Mark Matthews each had one of their own. At one point the Pioneers scored four straight, but it wasn't enough to take the lead and get out of Indiana with a win.


Denver Vs. Notre Dame: Pioneers Battle Back, Only To Lose In Overtime, 10-9


In national action, Johns Hopkins had the biggest win of the week, taking down Syracuse 11-7 in Baltimore. The Orange fell to No. 8/9. The Virginia Cavaliers were able to beat Ohio State on the road, 11-9, to stay on top of both polls.

The 4-2 Pioneers have a quick turnaround before their next action, taking on No. 3/4 Cornell at Hofstra University on Tuesday.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 Johns Hopkins
3 4 Cornell
4 3 UMASS
5 5 Loyola
6 7 Notre Dame
7 6 Maryland
8 9 Syracuse
9 8 Denver
10 11 Lehigh
11 10 Duke
12 13 Princeton
13 12 Colgate
14 15 UNC
15 14 Villanova
16 16 Fairfield
17 17 Penn State
18 18 Georgetown
19 19 Hofstra
20 20 Bucknell


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Pioneers Continue To Climb

The Denver Pioneers pulled off a huge road victory on Saturday when they defeated the Penn St. Nittany Lions, 14-6, in State College. The win over the previously No. 10 ranked Nittany Lions gave the Pioneers their fourth straight victory since an opening day loss to Ohio State and allowed them to move up in both polls. Denver now sits at No. 9 in the Nike Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll.

Denver was never really challenged in the blow out win over PSU, with a seven-goal second quarter fueling the Pioneers to a 10-goal first half, and a late run such as the one the Hartford Hawks had one week earlier not occuring this time around.


Denver Pioneers Defeat Penn State Nittany Lions, 14-6


The biggest action of the weekend saw Virginia take down Cornell in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Class to retain the number one spot. Cornell stayed at third in the media poll, but fell one spot in the coaches. Loyola continued their ascent up the rankings beating No. 6 Duke on Saturday.

The 4-1 Pioneers continue their four game road trip this Sunday in South Bend when they take on No. 7/8 Notre Dame at 11:00 a.m.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 Johns Hopkins
3 4 Cornell
4 3 UMASS
5 6 Syracuse
6 5 Loyola
7 8 Notre Dame
8 7 Maryland
9 9 Denver
10 10 Villanova
11 11 Leigh
12 11 UNC
13 13 Fairfield
14 15 Duke
15 16 Princeton
16 14 Penn State
17 17 Colgate
18 18 Georgetown
19 19 Hofstra
20 NR Penn


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Moves Up One Spot After Close Win

The Denver Pioneers escaped an 0-2 Hartford Hawks at home this weekend with an 11-10 victory but weren't punished by the pollsters in the new round of NCAA lacrosse voting. Denver moved up a single spot in both polls and now sits at No. 11 in the Nike Media Poll and No. 13 in the USILA Coaches Poll.

Denver carried an 11-5 lead into the fourth quarter and an 11-7 margin into the final two minutes of the game but allowed Hartford to net three goals in 76 seconds to bring the game within one. Over the final 44 seconds of the game the Pioneer defense stiffened and held on for the one point victory.


Denver Pioneers Lacrosse Hangs On For 11-10 Victory Over Hartford Hawks


The 3-1 Pioneers hit the road this Saturday to face the No. 10/10 Penn State Nittany Lions in State College at 11:00 a.m.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 Johns Hopkins
3 3 Cornell
4 4 Maryland
5 5 UMASS
6 6 Syracuse
7 7 Notre Dame
8 8 North Carolina
9 11 Duke
10 10 Penn State
11 13 Denver
12 9 Loyola
13 12 Villanova
14 14 Princeton
15 16 Leigh
16 15 Yale
17 17 Fairfield
18 20 Ohio State
19 19 Hofstra
20 NR Harvard


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Falls Again After Two Wins

The Denver Pioneers were able to atone for their opening game loss to Ohio State with wins over Michigan and Robert Morris this weekend, but the pollsters apparently didn't feel it was quite enough as they fell in both of the national polls. Neither the Wolverines or the Colonials were ranked, but both wins were blowouts, with the Pioneers taking down Michigan, 17-5 and Robert Morris, 21-8.

In the Nike Media Poll Denver fell from 11 to 12 and in the USILA Coaches Poll they fell two spots from 12 to 14. Ohio State, still the Pioneers only loss this year, fell in both polls (No. 16/17) after a 9-3 loss to No. 7/6 ranked Massachusetts. ECAC conference-mate Loyola stayed undefeated with a win over Towson and moved up to No. 14 and 11.

The Pioneers take on the 0-2 Hartford Hawks this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 Johns Hopkins
3 7 Cornell
4 4 North Carolina
5 5 Maryland
6 3 Syracuse
7 6 UMASS
8 10 Duke
9 8 Villanova
10 9 Notre Dame
11 12 Princeton
12 14 Denver
13 13 Penn State
14 11 Loyola
15 15 Harvard
16 17 Ohio State
17 16 Yale
18 19 Penn
19 18 Drexel
20 NR Hofstra


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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Pioneers Drop To No. 11/12 In Latest Polls

The Denver Pioneers dropped in the first in-season lacrosse polls of the 2012 season.

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