Moving On: Pioneers’ Christian Burgdorf

Ellie Knott, Phalan Klein

For Bill Tierney’s Pioneers, excellence is the unanimous standard. His end game however? that his players will have fun and excel in sport and life far past his time as their coach. For three time all American and two time captain Christian Burgdorf, Lacrosse still is and always will be a “Fun game.” We caught up with Christian to talk about the end of his career as a pioneer and the recent Major League Lacrosse Draft.

With a career beginning in 2013, Burgdorf has racked up a multitude of accolades. A three time USILA All-American and 2015 National Champion, he has the longest running start streak in DU history at 70 starts in his career. However, his on field accolades do not even begin to cover it all. Christian is a Communications major at DU boasting a 3.5 cumulative GPA. He is set to work as an internal wholesaler at Jackson National Life Insurance in Greenwood Village post graduation in June. He is the epitome of a well-rounded scholar athlete.

“Christian is just a good leader and a good friend, he does a good job of balancing one being a leader and teaching us what to do when were playing together and being there when you need support and need someone to push you a bit,” says Sophomore defenseman Dylan Johnson. He recalls memories playing with Christian, and how much the senior’s presence will be missed on their defensive unit in the coming year; A defensive unit which Christian has led since he was a freshman. Christian looks back on memories from his career, including some of the teams most momentous wins. “Definitely winning the national championship in 2015, it was the best way to honor your seniors and coaches,” Burgdorf recalls this moment as being his fondest memory. “It’s great to see your hard work come to a point like that where, you know, you’ve earned it.”

The Pioneers are led by Head Coach Bill Tierney and assistants Jon Orson, Jeremy Noble, and Matt Brown. John Orson coaches the defensive Unit. In the 2017 Season, Burgdorf lead a defense that upheld an 8.5 Goals against Average. In the sport of lacrosse, a scoring defense that holds teams to under 10 goals a game is an impressive feat.

Throughout the duration of the 2017 season, Christian suffered what Athletic Trainer Mary Dudevoir considers to be a “debilitating injury for most people, let alone in the sport of lacrosse.” With two herniated discs in his lower back, Christian worked tirelessly in the training room to negate his injury with an intensive rehab program. He “makes it worth it, its pretty amazing.” Says Dudevoir. “When an athlete believes in themselves as much as you believe it them, they make your job easier.”

As his career as a Pioneer comes to a close, Burgdorf was one of DU’s two MLL draft picks after the 2017 season. As the 20th pick in the third round of the MLL draft, Burgdorf was selected to continue his career with the Atlanta Blaze. Burgdorf will join former teammate and coach Jeremy Noble. He is excited to join Jeremy on the field once again. “Having the opportunity to play with Jeremy Noble again is so great, and getting to continue my lacrosse career is awesome.”

Pioneer fans can look for Christian in uniform with the Blaze for the duration of the 2017 MLL season.


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