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Lacrosse the Internet: May 26, 2015

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STORIES

Truly, Pioneers: Denver Takes National Title West, Tops Maryland
The national championship has gone west.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Maryland's Offense Lacks Punch to End Title Drought
John Tillman was in a tough spot. Denver’s national championship celebration bled through the lime green cinderblock walls in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field. The sound wafted up and right through the ears of the Maryland coach. Just minutes prior, a vacuous Tillman belched an audible sigh and bit his lower lip as he sat in the postgame press conference poring over the final stats of Maryland’s 10-5 loss to Denver in Sunday’s NCAA Division I championship.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Tactical Breakdown -- Why Denver Beat Maryland
Denver earned its first national championship, beating Maryland 10-5 on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Here's a look at how the Pioneers won.

Denver Takes D1 Title West
"Denver Takes D1 Title West" – That’s a headline I’ve wanted to write for years, and now that I can, I’m far from speechless.

Miller hits lacrosse heights with Denver
Zach Miller, who developed his love for lacrosse in Western New York’s Native American community, is now an NCAA champion.

Denver Stifles Maryland to Bring NCAA Crown West
Before his team went out and made history on Monday against the University of Maryland in the NCAA title game, Denver men’s lacrosse coach Bill Tierney admitted the playoff failures in recent years had weighed heavily on him.

Cannizzaro Brothers Win Title Against One’s Former Team
As teammates cut down one of the nets on Lincoln Financial Field, Sean Cannizzaro wandered near the crease, head in the sky and thoughts about winning a national championship with his younger brother, Connor, on the tip of his tongue.

Denver's NCAA Title Validates New-Wave Thinking
The Canadians are winning.

NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2015: Denver defeats Maryland to win National Championship
The Pioneers are National Champions for the first time ever.

NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2015: Denver wins national championship
Denver, playing in its first-ever Division I lacrosse championship, downed Maryland to claim the title on Monday.

Denver defeats Maryland to win the National Championship
Denver was a step ahead of the Terps from start to finish, and defeated Maryland 10-4 to win the schools first ever national championship.

Denver’s lacrosse championship means more for the sport than just another trophy
Lacrosse is traditionally known as an East Coast sport, one played in prep schools in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and in colleges mostly up and down the East Coast. But in recent years, it’s become a sport that’s quickly spreading, starting with Northwestern women’s team taking the first championship away from the traditional powerhouses a decade ago. And now, for the first time in NCAA history, a school west of the Appalachians took home the men’s title with Denver’s decisive victory over the Terps (whose women took home the title last weekend.)

A Coach Reaffirms His Standing as Denver Claims Lacrosse Title
As Denver Coach Bill Tierney slowly made his way toward his jubilant players, somebody handed him a pair of scissors, then a snipped piece of net and then the national championship trophy, which he held in his arms, reluctantly, for about five seconds.

Denver keeps Maryland from ending 40-year men’s lacrosse title drought
His eyes glazed over and his voice drowned out by the booming cheers of Denver’s locker room, Maryland men’s lacrosse Coach John Tillman took responsibility for the Terrapins’ 10-5 loss to the Pioneers in the national championship game on Monday. It was the third time Tillman had lost in a title game on Memorial Day, yet this one might have stung the most.

Denver beats Maryland, 10-5, in NCAA men's lacrosse national championship
The Denver men's lacrosse team led Maryland, 5-3, at halfitme and the Terps did not challenge in the second half, as the Pioneers became the western-most school to win the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship.

Denver Pioneers lacrosse coach deserve credit he won't give himself
In an epic moment for his sport, for his program and for his own career, Denver lacrosse coach Bill Tierney did not make like Jim Valvano, seeking out someone to hug. He didn't, in fact, really move.

West is finally best: Denver wins NCAA men's lacrosse title
For regular followers of collegiate men's lacrosse, the question was more when, not if, Bill Tierney would bring a championship to the University of Denver. From a larger perspective, however, the fact that the Pioneers' first NCAA title in the sport is now reality carries greater significance.

Quint Kessenich On The NCAA Mens Lacrosse National Championship
Quint Kessenich of the Baltimore Sun joined Ed and Steve to talk about Denver beating the Terps in the NCAA Lacrosse National Championship.

Denver beats Maryland to win first NCAA men's lacrosse championship
When it comes to Division I men's lacrosse, Denver now can be recognized as the university with the perfectly apt nickname.

Denver defeats Maryland to claim first NCAA men's lacrosse title
Senior long pole Mike Riis marched across Lincoln Financial Field amid his Denver lacrosse teammates' revelry, a net snipped from one of the goals tucked into his shorts.

Denver’s Bill Tierney affirms his coaching legacy with another NCAA national title
Philadelphia received a special visit over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Denver’s Bill Tierney, the John Wooden of men’s collegiate lacrosse occupied Lincoln Financial Field and elevated the Pioneers’ program to national prominence.

The wait extends
A large contingent from the Class of ‘75 converged upon Lincoln Financial Field, settling in among the thousands of Maryland fans who made the trek up I-95 north to will the Terrapins toward their first national championship since they won the program’s last Walnut and Bronze trophy in men’s lacrosse.

Maryland's offense falters in loss to Denver in NCAA Championship game
Standing in front of his field-level seat at Lincoln Financial Field during halftime of the NCAA final Monday afternoon, former Terrapins men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Gary Niels felt hopeful.

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