Powered by a seven-goal third quarter, the No. 8/9 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 4/5 Duke University Blue Devils 14-12 in the Pioneers’ season opener at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The win is the Pioneers’ first in a season opener under fourth-year head coach Bill Tierney.
The win also snaps a nine-game home-winning streak by Duke that was the longest active in the nation.
“I am so proud of our team for making the adjustments that we asked them to make in the locker room and trusting and believing in themselves,” Tierney said. “Duke is a great team, with very talented and athletic young men who really made it tough for us in the first half to get into any kind of rhythm. We’ve got a great group of senior leaders who really stepped up to lead this team today.”