|The Pioneers' Ontario connection, from left, Jeremy Noble, Cameron Flint and Mark Matthews. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)|
by Mike Chambers
In 22 years at Princeton, including 10 trips to the Final Four, Hall of Fame lacrosse coach Bill Tierney never used a Canadian player. In his second year at the University of Denver, where Canadians are common in part because of the presence of holdover assistant coach Matt Brown of Burnaby, British Columbia, Tierney has learned the benefits of recruiting up north.
"Lacrosse in the United States is white collar at best, and elitist in other times," Tierney said this week as his team prepared for today's NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. "But (the Canadians) are blue-collar kids that have grown up in great homes but with no coddling, no helicopter parenting [read entire article].