Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2010 Schedule And Membership In Eastern College Athletic Conference


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DAY           DATE            OPPONENT                             LOCATION                       TIME

Fri.             Feb. 19         Syracuse                                  Syracuse, N.Y.                  5 p.m.   


Sun.           Feb. 21         Jacksonville                             Jacksonville, Fla.              10 a.m.        

Sat.            Feb. 27         ALBANY                                  Denver, Colo.                  1 p.m.          

DU Face-Off Classic

Sat.            Mar. 6          Air Force vs. Lehigh                Denver, Colo.                   11 a.m.        

Sat.            Mar. 6          PENN                                      Denver, Colo.                  1:30 p.m.     

Sun.           Mar. 7          Air Force vs. Penn                   Denver, Colo.                   11 a.m.        

Sun.           Mar. 7          LEHIGH                                    Denver, Colo.                  1:30 p.m.     

Sat.            Mar. 13        CANISIUS                                Denver, Colo.                  7 p.m.          

Tues.          Mar. 16        Notre Dame                            South Bend, Ind.              2 p.m.          

Sat.            Mar. 20        Stony Brook                             Stony Brook, N.Y.             TBA              

Sat.            Mar. 27        AIR FORCE                              Denver, Colo.                  1 p.m.          

Sat.            Apr. 3           HOBART *                               Denver, Colo.                  1 p.m.          

Fri.             Apr. 9           BELLARMINE *                       Denver, Colo.                  7 p.m.          

Sun.           Apr. 11         QUINNIPIAC *                        Denver, Colo.                  11 a.m.        

Sat.            Apr. 17         Ohio State *                            Columbus, Ohio               11 a.m.        

Sun            Apr. 25         Fairfield * %                            Fairfield, Conn.                TBA

Sun.           May 2           LOYOLA  * &                           Denver, Colo.                  TBA             

Sat.            May 8           Air Force *                              USAFA, Colo.                    TBA              

* – ECAC Opponent   % – Game broadcasted on ESPNU   & – Played at Invesco Field at Mile High

HOME GAMES IN BOLD   All Times Mountain Time  

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will open up the 2010 season on the road against the defending NCAA National Champions Syracuse, DU head coach Bill Tierney announced today. The Pioneers will also embark on new adventure as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, making the move with former Great Western Lacrosse League teams, Air Force, Bellarmine, Ohio State and Quinnipiac.

The Pioneers will enter the Carrier Dome on Friday, Feb. 19 to face an Orange team that posted a 16-2 overall record last season and a dramatic 10-9 come-from-behind win in overtime against Cornell at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., to capture the program’s 11th National Championship.


“Starting off the season against the defending National Champions is going to be a great test of our young team,” Tierney said. “It was important for us as a coaching staff to come here and make a statement to our players, and what better way than opening up a season against the best team in the country.” 

Following their game with the Orange, the Pioneers remain on the road to face the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Sunday, Feb. 21, a program in its inaugural season of Division I lacrosse.

 Denver opens up its home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 27 as it welcomes the Albany Great Danes to the Mile-High City. The Pioneers then welcome Air Force, Lehigh and Penn to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for the Ninth Annual DU Face-Off Classic on Saturday, Mar. 6 and Sunday, Mar. 7.

 The Pioneers then host Canisius at home before heading on a two-game Northeast road trip to Notre Dame and Stony Brook, two teams that finished ranked in the top-25 last season. During the 2009 season, the Pioneers matched-up with the then No. 4 Irish in a GWLL game, dropping a 10-8 decision at Invesco Field at Mile High. Denver faced Stony Brook at home last season, turning in a 17-12 victory.

 In a non-conference game, the Pioneers will host Air Force on Saturday, March 27 in the first of four straight home games, three of which are ECAC opponents. Denver opens ECAC play against Hobart on Saturday, April 3 and follows it up with games against Bellarmine and Quinnipiac the following weekend.

 “Joining the ECAC is going to be a great asset for us,” Tierney said. “We are going to face some very tough teams that have strong lacrosse programs and if we play well, we can really make a statement in our first year. The good news for the Denver lacrosse community is that we will bring in some very good East teams to the Mile-High City.”

 Denver then returns to the road to take on Ohio State on Saturday, April 17, followed by a match-up with Fairfield on Sunday, April 25 in a televised ESPNU contest.

 Once again, the Pioneers will make the trip up Interstate-25 to host a game at Invesco Field at Mile High as they invite Loyola to the Rocky Mountain Region for another ECAC meeting on Sunday, May 2.

Denver closes out the regular season with its final conference game, making the journey south to the United States Air Force Academy on Saturday, May 8. 

 Heading into the 2010 season, the Pioneers return their top-two leading scorers from a season ago as senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) and Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) will be called upon to help lead the Denver offense.

 “Everyone is starting fresh this season,” Tierney said. “Since we are new as a coaching staff and we have a big group of incoming players, everyone will be competing for a starting position. It’s a new language, new techniques and a new way of doing things that everyone needs to become familiar with. Our goal is to have fans say, ‘I can’t wait till the spring.’”

 The Pioneers will open the fall with the inaugural Colorado Lacrosse Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium as DU takes on the Denver Outlaws for the first time ever. The game will be preceded by the Colorado Lacrosse Showcase Youth Clinic at 10 a.m., featuring the Denver Outlaws and an appearance by coach Tierney.

 Tickets are $5 and will go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. They can be purchased through www.TicketMaster.com or at the DU Box Office, located in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center on the DU campus.

 Admission for the youth clinic is $50 and includes a ticket to the Colorado Lacrosse Showcase game. Geared towards boys in second through eighth grade, the Outlaws will host the clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on the field at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

 Skills covered in the clinic include shooting, dodging, footwork, one-on-one defense, clearing and transition work. An autograph session with the Outlaws players will also be included at 11:30 a.m.


Lacrosse Injuries: State Of Washington Adopts Law Prohibiting Athletes Suffering A Concussion From Returning To Play Without Licensed Health-Care Provider’s Approval

concussion analysisThis week’s death of a 17-year-old high school football player in Spokane is a sobering reminder of the risks of playing contact sports, particularly football.

Andrew Swank of Spokane’s Valley Christian School took a single blow to the head in a game against Lacrosse-Washtucna. He later died in a Spokane hospital.

This sort of tragic injury is rare. Generally, head injuries — concussions — are less severe. But if they are not treated properly and players return to the playing field too early, the chances of permanent damage or death increase dramatically.

And that’s why earlier this year Washington state adopted a law regulating when high school athletes can return to games after having sustained a concussion. Brain-injury advocates call this law the nation’s toughest.

The law prohibits athletes under 18 suspected of sustaining a concussion from returning to play without a licensed health-care provider’s approval.

It also requires all school districts to work with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to develop a standard for educating coaches, players and parents of the dangers of concussions and head injuries.

Locally, football coaches at high schools and middle schools have been taking head injuries extremely seriously. Players are immediately removed from games or practices if there is even a hint that helmet-to-helmet contact occurred. And the coaches work with parents and medical professionals to make sure the player is free from any symptoms of a concussion for a significant period of time before returning to the field. It usually means sitting out the rest of a game and perhaps several practices.

That’s a big change from the past when athletes eager to get back in the game were allowed to if they didn’t display obvious symptoms right then and there.

In 2006 a 13-year-old boy in Western Washington suffered permanent brain damage after returning to the field minutes after suffering a concussion.

It was because of this incident that the Legislature adopted the new law. It appears to be applied with sound judgment by local coaches and school officials. They seem to be putting the health and best interests of the kids first.

The fatal injury to Andrew Swank was a fluke and couldn’t have been prevented by this law — or any law — but over time the concussion law will serve to prevent young athletes from having permanent or fatal brain damage.


College Men’s Lacrosse: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Coach Jeff Tambroni Interview (Video)

Coach Jeff Tambroni discusses the 2009 men’s lacrosse fall ball season and tournament.

Lacrosse Fields: Sythetic Turf Installation And Benefits (Videos)