Daily Archives: October 21, 2008

University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse 2009 Schedule Announced


The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team will open its season against four-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern and will face Duke and North Carolina at home as part of the Pioneers’ 2009 schedule, third-year head coach Liza Kelly announced today.

“I am excited to have a number of top teams on our schedule again this season,” Kelly said. “The high caliber of our nonconference schedule should help to prepare us for the MPSF regular season and conference championship games, and opening with Northwestern will be a great challenge for the squad.”

The Pioneers open the season in a pair of neutral site game in San Diego against the Wildcats (Jan. 23), who return all but two starters from their national title squad, and an exhibition contest against the Canadian national team (Jan. 25).

Denver opens its home schedule at Barton Stadium against Duke (Feb. 13) and Canisius (Feb. 15). The Blue Devils ended the 2008 season ranked No. 11 and lost to Penn in the national semifinals.

DU heads on the road for the following four games: a neutral site game against Binghamton (Feb. 20) in Pittsburgh, Duquesne (Feb. 22), Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 27) and Georgetown (March 1), which made the NCAA Tournament in 2008 after ending the season ranked No. 7.

North Carolina heads to Denver on March 9. The Tarheels were No. 12 at the end of last season, making it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

After trips to Stony Brook (March 18) and Rutgers (March 20), the Pioneers play their only three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home games against St. Mary’s (March 22), California (March 28) and Oregon (April 4), which received votes in the final IWLCA poll last season.

Denver concludes the regular season MPSF schedule with a busy weekend at Stanford (April 10), UC Davis (April 12) and Fresno State (April 14), which joins the conference this season.

The MPSF Championship will be held at Stanford on April 23-26. The Pioneers will look to avenge losses to the Cardinal in the MPSF title game in each of the past three seasons.

Following the conference tournament, Denver will play one more nonconference game at Loyola on May 2.

The Pioneers, who ended last season ranked No. 19, lost only three starters from a team that went 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the MPSF last season, and returns the team’s top 10 leaders in goals and assists.

Jan. 23 Friday    Northwestern       San Diego           8:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 Sunday    Canada             San Diego          12:00 p.m.

Feb. 13 Friday    Duke               Barton Stadium      5:00 p.m.
Feb. 15 Sunday    Canisius           Barton Stadium      3:30 p.m.
Feb. 20 Friday    Binghamton         Pittsburgh         10:00 a.m.
Feb. 22 Sunday    Duquesne           Pittsburgh         11:00 a.m.
Feb. 27 Friday    Mount St. Mary's   Emmitsburg, Md.     1:00 p.m.

March 1 Sunday    Georgetown         Washington, D.C.   10:00 a.m.
March 9 Monday    North Carolina     Barton Stadium      4:00 p.m.
March 18 Wed.     Stony Brook        Stony Brook, N.Y.   2:00 p.m.
March 20 Friday   Rutgers            Piscataway, N.J.   10:00 a.m.
March 22 Sunday   St. Mary's         Barton Stadium      1:00 p.m.
March 28 Saturday Cal Berkeley       Barton Stadium      1:00 p.m.

April 4 Saturday  Oregon             Barton Stadium      1:00 p.m.
April 10 Friday   Stanford           Stanford, Calif.    6:00 p.m.
April 12 Sunday   UC Davis           Davis, Calif.      11:00 a.m.
April 13 Monday   Fresno State       Fresno, Calif.     11:00 a.m.

April 23-26 Thurs-Sun MPSF Championship Stanford, Calif. TBA

May 2 Saturday    Loyola             Baltimore          11:00 a.m.

Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse “Graduation Success Rate” At Or Near Top Of All College Athletic Programs


According to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data, which were released this week, lacrosse again fares extremely well compared to other sports for the 1998-2001 cohorts among schools in Division I (combined). Male lacrosse players had a GSR of 88%, which was highest among the sports in the survey, and had the second highest federal graduation rate at 74% (fencing was highest). Female lacrosse players were tied for third in GSR at 94% and placed second with federal rate of 84%.
GSR and the perhaps more familiar federal graduation rate data are shown in the table below by gender and sport. Results for the three previous groups of cohorts are also shown. For more information on the GSR, please see the NCAA web site and their release, which appears following the four data tables.
[Note: The federal rate uses fall cohorts as a base, and from that a very small number of exclusions are made for deaths, military service, participation in church missions, etc. On the other hand, the GSR begins with the same cohort but adds freshmen who enter in January, and transfers from two- and four-year colleges. It also includes non-scholarship athletes at schools not offering athletic aid. Finally, the GSR excludes students who left school while academically eligible. The upshot for the 1998-2001 cohort is that about 27,000 students are included in the GSR and not in the federal rate, and roughly 19,000 more students are excluded from the GSR but included in the federal rate.]



1998-2001 Cohorts Four-Class Average

Men’s Sports Women’s Sports
Sport NCAA GSR Federal Rate Sport NCAA GSR Federal Rate
Lacrosse 88% 74% Skiing 96% 73%
Water Polo 87% 71% Gymnastics 95% 85%
Fencing 86% 78% Field Hockey 94% 81%
Gymnastics 86% 70% Lacrosse 94% 84%
Ice Hockey 83% 64% Crew/Rowing 91% 75%
Swimming 83% 69% Fencing 90% 81%
Tennis 83% 64% Ice Hockey 90% 74%
Volleyball 83% 69% Swimming 90% 75%
Skiing 82% 73% Soccer 89% 71%
Rifle 80% 60% Tennis 89% 70%
Golf 79% 61% Volleyball 88% 71%
Soccer 79% 58% Golf 87% 71%
CC/Track 74% 60% Softball 86% 70%
Wrestling 72% 54% Water Polo 86% 76%
Baseball 68% 47% CC/Track 84% 70%
Football (FBS) 67% 55% Basketball 82% 64%
Football (FCS) 65% 54% Rifle 82% 64%
Basketball 62% 46% Bowling 68% 57%
Average 78.2% 62.6%   87.8% 72.9%