The Denver lacrosse program made history Monday by winning their first title in men’s lacrosse while also becoming the first program west of the Mississippi to win the men’s lacrosse championship by beating Maryland 10-5 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
As the fourth-seed, the Pioneers were dominant from start to finish this season, as they were the preseason No.1 team. Denver capped their season with a championship after previously beating top-seeded Notre Dame in the semifinals. The Pioneers ended their season with a 17-2 record, and for a program that has been overshadowed by programs on the east coast and specifically in the ACC, the Pioneers are the ones standing on top of the world today.
Wesley Berg scored five goals in the game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He ended his season with a team-record 58 goals. Zach Miller added a goal and two assists for Denver. Goalie Ryan LaPlante also was outstanding in his own right, as he made 13 saves.
This was head coach Bill Tierney seventh championship as coach, the first to accomplish that feat in Division I lacrosse. He previously built a dynasty at Princeton in the early 90’s and he was the perfect man to build the Pioneers into a powerhouse. This was Denver’s fourth trip to the Final Four in the last five years.