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No. 3 Denver Defeats Butler Bulldogs


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History { element.remove(); }); } else{ let elementsToRemove = document.querySelectorAll(‘.postgame_3_nextgame’); elementsToRemove.forEach(element => { element.remove(); }); } ]]> DENVER – The No. 3 Denver Pioneers women’s lacrosse team continued its Big East Conference schedule on Wednesday afternoon with a 19-4 victory against the Butler Bulldogs at Peter Barton Stadium.
“It’s a conference game, and you got to be ready for everybody’s best when somebody’s coming for you,” said Denver head coach Liza Kelly. “I thought we did a decent job staying sharp. I think we had a little bit of a lull in the second quarter, but they stepped right back up coming out of halftime, so I was really happy about that.”
Denver (12-0, 2-0 Big East) had 10 different players find the back of the net in the game, with freshman Ryan Dineen leading the squad with two goals and six assists and junior Sloane Kipp recording five points on four goals and one assist. Both finished with career highs in points.
“They really stepped up,” Kelly said of Dineen and Kipp. “Sloane was a hot shooter today, and Ryan was a hot feeder. They were doing a good job of finding each other on the field and placing their shots.”
Senior Julia Gilbert (3g/0a) and sophomore Lauren Black (3g/1a) also had hat tricks for the Pios, and sophomore Caroline Colimore recorded multiple marks as well by finding twine twice. Kayla DeRose (1g/1a), Ellie Curry (1g/2a), Mollie Estepp (1g/0a) and Annie McGuire (1g/0a) also tallied in the contest and Charlotte Boote registered an assist.
Dineen’s six assists were a season high for the Pioneers and tied for the eighth-most in a contest in program history. Hannah Liddy was the last player with eight helpers in a game on April 25, 2021 against Villanova.
Kipp’s four-goal performance was also a personal high and marked her first career hat trick. She had recorded multiple points on three previous occasions, including scoring twice earlier this year on March 13 versus Delaware.
“It is actually funny, the first person to say something to me was Julia. She was keeping track of my goals, and I didn’t even know I had one,” Kipp said of her first hat trick. “That is kind of our team. We’re all out there rooting for each other and cheering for each other. It was definitely exciting. I had gotten close a few times, but that was my first.”
The Pioneers outshot the Bulldogs 26-11 overall. Sophomore Emelia Bohi started in goal for DU and made five saves while playing the first half. Senior Victoria Macres guarded the pipes in the third frame and sophomore Skyler Constantino made her DU debut in the crease in the fourth, with both keepers making one save each.
Denver caused 16 turnovers in the game, with senior Sam Thacker leading the squad with five while also added three ground balls and two draw controls. Graduate student Trinity McPherson forced three turnovers and had a team-high five draw controls.
Campbell Connors and Leah Rubino both scored twice in the game for Butler (5-5, 1-1 Big East). Goalkeeper Caroline Smith started the game and made nine saves in the first half while Aleigh Monroe made two saves in the last two quarters.
The Pioneers only allowed one goal in the second half, as they outscored the Bulldogs 8-1 in the final 30 minutes. DU led 8-1 after the first quarter and was up 11-3 at the game’s midpoint.
Denver recorded a season-high 12 assists in the game, the team’s most since also having 12 helpers on April 30, 2022 against Marquette. The Pioneers recorded an assist on each of their first eight, non-free-position goals of the game.
UP NEXT: The Pioneers are back in action this weekend as the team travels to play the No. 25 Connecticut Huskies next Saturday at 10 a.m. MT to conclude the first half of its Big East slate.


  • Denver’s 19 goals were its most in a game this season and its most since defeating San Diego State 19-5 on March 25, 2022. DU has outscored its opponents 36-8 the past two games.
  • The Pioneers’ 15-goal margin of victory was their largest since winning 20-1 against Old Dominion on March 30, 2019.
  • Denver’s 12-game winning streak is tied with the 2012 squad for the fourth-longest stretch in school history.
  • Of DU’s 10 different goal scorers, eight scored in the first half.
  • Denver is now 7-0 all-time against Butler, which was making its first visit to DU since March 19-21, 2021.
  • Pioneer players recorded 31 points in the game, their most since having 32 against Villanova on April 25, 2021.
  • DU won the ground-ball battle 21-8.
  • The Pios forced 16 turnovers and have recorded at least 10 caused turnovers in all 12 games this year, their longest streak of 10+ CTs to begin a campaign in school history.
  • Julia Gilbert has scored a goal in all 12 games this season and has posted back-to-back hat tricks.
  • Sloane Kipp is the eighth different player with a hat trick this season.
  • Sam Thacker recorded her fifth career game with five or more caused turnovers.

First Quarter
12:00 DU (1-0) – Raegan Wilson, assisted by Lauren Black (DOWN)
10:59 DU (2-0) – Kayla DeRose, assisted by Ryan Dineen (DOWN)
10:24 BU (2-1) – Leah Rubino, assisted by Campbell Connors
8:58 DU (3-1) – Ryan Dineen (FPS)
8:16 DU (4-1) – Sloane Kipp, assisted by Ryan Dineen
6:39 DU (5-1) – Julia Gilbert, assisted by Kayla DeRose
3:46 DU (6-1) – Sloane Kipp, assisted by Charlotte Boote
2:03 DU (7-1) – Ellie Curry, assisted by Ryan Dineen
0:06 DU (8-1) – Lauren Black, assisted by Ryan Dineen (UP)
Second Quarter
13:07 DU (9-1) – Mollie Estepp (FPS)
10:35 BU (9-2) – Campbell Connors, assisted by Greer Bireley
7:51 BU (9-3) – Leah Rubino, unassisted
6:42 DU (10-3) – Sloane Kipp, assisted by Ryan Dineen
1:22 DU (11-3) – Sloane Kipp, unassisted
Third Quarter
12:47 DU (12-3) – Julia Gilbert, assisted by Ellie Curry
11:40 DU (13-3) – Julia Gilbert, assisted by Ellie Curry
9:18 DU (14-3) – Caroline Colimore, unassisted
7:13 DU (15-3) – Ryan Dineen, assisted by Sloane Kipp
0:23 DU (16-3) – Lauren Black (FPS)
Fourth Quarter
11:47 BU (16-4) – Campbell Connors, assisted by Greer Bireley
9:36 DU (17-4) – Lauren Black (FPS)
6:54 DU (18-4) – Caroline Colimore, unassisted
1:45 DU (19-4) – Annie McGuire, assisted by Ryan Dineen
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