Inside Lacrosse has ranked University of Denver men’s lacrosse team as the preseason no. 1 team in the nation. The Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason Top-25 was released in IL’s 2017 Faceoff Yearbook. Seniors Connor Cannizzaro and Zach Miller and as well as junior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste were named First Team Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse.
Denver will encounter nine opponents in IL’s Top-25, including eight in the regular season before the top-4 teams in the BIG EAST head to Providence, R.I. for the 2017 BIG EAST Championships, presented by Jeep. Of the eight regular season opponents, five will visit Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in 2017, including all three of Denver’s opponents from the Top-10.
Denver’s 2017 Top-25 Schedule
No. 2 North Carolina (Home/March 4/11:30 a.m. MT)
No. 4 Notre Dame (Home/March 12/1 p.m. MT)
No. 8 Duke (Home/Feb. 18/12 p.m. MT)
No. 11 Towson (Away/March 25/11 a.m. MT)
No. 12 Johns Hopkins (Ex Away/Jan. 28/ 8 a.m. MT)
No. 18 Air Force (Home/Feb. 11/1 p.m. MT)
No. 20 Marquette (Away/April 29/2 p.m. MT)
No. 21 Villanova (Home/April 9/12 p.m. MT)
No. 22 Ohio State (Away/March 19/10 a.m. MT)
Following its 2015 National Championship, the Pioneers went 13-3 in 2016, winning their third-consecutive BIG EAST Regular Season Championship, stretching the program’s record to 16-straight regular season conference wins in three years. DU’s 2016 Tewaaraton Award Finalist Connor Cannizzaro (Cazenovia, N.Y.) is one of five USILA All-Americans returning for the Crimson and Gold.
Head coach Bill Tierney will enter his eighth season in charge of the Pioneers in 2017 and his 33rd collegiate season overall. The two-time USILA Division I National Coach of the Year will enter the campaign with a 368-121 record, including 96-28 since his move to the “Lacrosse Capital of the West.”