2013 Record: 18-3 (8-0 MPSF) Coach: Liza Kelly (8th Season) Record at Denver: 89-39
A Jill Remenapp (Jr.) Set a team record with 113 points as a sophomore while leading the NCAA in assists with 74, second-most all-time. With the graduation of Denver’s all-time leading scorer Kara Secora, she’ll be expected to lead even more this spring as she finds new targets for those assists.
M Monica Lucas (So.) A touted recruit out of Maryland, Lucas is one of a large sophomore class expected to play a much larger role after the large group that graduated after the spring. Lucas played in 11 games and had four points as a freshman, but could play a big role going forward.
NCAA Tournament Trend
2009 – DNQ 2010 – DNQ 2011 – DNQ 2012 – DNQ 2013 – Second Round
Expectations of success in more than just the MPSF. Denver has been a solid program for the western-most league in Women’s Division I, but had never made a NCAA tournament before last spring. Now, with many of the components of that success returning, the Pioneers have the burden of wondering whether or not they can match what people think they’re capable of this time around.
6 Denver returns a whopping six players who had 15 or more goals a year ago, with only all-time leading scorer Kara Secora (58G, 28A) gone from last year’s scoring machine. With assist machine Remenapp running the show again, don’t expect the offense to drop off much.
“Last year’s return to form surprised many, but shouldn’t have. Expect them to win the MPSF and take the automatic bid… If they had returned their team from last year I rank put them as high as 12th, but they lost some stars… Proved to themselves last year that they can compete.”
In a Nutshell: The best season in school history saw the tone set early with a 19-13 win over a Louisville squad that was ranked No. 20 at the time. That was the first in what would become a 15-game win streak that would last all the way to the MPSF finals against Stanford. Though that was a loss, Denver received a bid to the NCAA tournament and topped Jacksonville 14-7 before falling to Florida in the second round.
High Point: Beating Stanford 14-10 on April 5th at home. Denver was on a tear, winning nine straight to come into the contest 11-1. But the Cardinal were ranked No. 10 at the time and it took this win to show the rest of the country that Denver was for real.
Low Point: Just a month later and still riding that winning streak, Stanford flipped the script on Denver, taking a 7-6 win in the MPSF finals, the eighth time in ten years the Cardinal has taken home the title.