It hasn't taken long for the Denver Pioneers to dominate the Big East Conference.

In their first year in the conference, the Pioneers advanced to the Big East Championship on Thursday with a 14-7 win over Rutgers in the conference semifinals. Junior Wes Berg led the Pioneers with five goals and two assists, while junior goalie Ryan LaPlante made seven saves and allowed two goals.

"I'm really proud of each facet of our game," head coach Bill Tierney told "Our goalies both played fantastically well. Chris Hampton dominated face-offs. Our defense played well, holding them to only four goals until the fourth quarter. Our offense was clicking in the first half, but just wasn't scoring as we usually do. This is credit to the way Rutgers was defending us."

On Saturday, the Pioneers will face Villanova for the Big East crown and an automatic big in the NCAA Tournament. The bracket for the NCAA Tournament will be released one day after the Big East Championship on Sunday, May 4th.

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