Introducing Denver Men's Lacrosse

Denver and Marquette met in non-conference action last season. They'll both compete as BIG EAST members in 2014.

Denver and Marquette met in non-conference action last season. They'll both compete as BIG EAST members in 2014.

Jan. 22, 2014

In 2014, the BIG EAST welcomes Denver to the men's lacrosse fold as an associate member. A Division I member since 1999, the Pioneers have built themselves into one of the premiere programs in the country.

After building Princeton into a national powerhouse in the 1990s, Bill Tierney became head coach in July 2009. In his four seasons at the helm he's guided the Pioneers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Final Four outings in the last three years. One of the most respected people in the sport, Tierney's name has been synonymous with success and excellence.

Now his program calls the BIG EAST home.

Denver returns two of its top five point scorers from last season in juniors Wesley Berg and Erik Adamson. Berg scored a team-high 56 goals a year ago up front, while Adamson scored 27 with 13 assists from the midfield. In addition, the Pioneers' goalie tandem of senior Jamie Faus (15 games, 5-4, 9.37 GAA, .554 save%) and junior Ryan LaPlante (18 games, 9-1, 9.85, .576) are back as well.

Quick facts on Denver men's lacrosse:
First season: 1966
All-time record: 239-198-1 (.547)
Head coach: Bill Tierney, four seasons (50-20, .714)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 6 (2006, 2008, 2010-13)
NCAA Final Four Appearances: 2 (2011, 2013)
Home facility (capacity): Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (2,000)
Season opener: Feb. 8 at Air Force, 3 p.m. ET
BIG EAST opener: March 22 vs. Rutgers, 3 p.m. ET