by Elliot Olshansky
After his Denver team got its second win on Long Island this season – a 14-9 victory against Johns Hopkins this past Saturday that clinched a trip to Baltimore for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship - Pioneers head coach Bill Tierney was reminded of the first.
“After the Duke game,” Tierney said of his team’s 12-9 win against the reigning NCAA champions on April 9, “one of the reporters said, ‘Oh, just think. Now you can recruit good players.’ I looked at the roster and said, ‘We’ve got some pretty good players, and we’re from 20 different states.”
Indeed, when the Pioneers took the field at Hofstra’s James Shuart Stadium on Saturday, their starting lineup included players from Minnesota, Colorado, Ohio and Kentucky - hardly traditional lacrosse hotbeds – with players from Indiana and Tennessee on their way next season. Denver’s lineup also includes players from Maryland, New Jersey New England and Canada – Georgetown, Ontario native Cameron Flint shared the team goal-scoring lead with Eden Prairie, Minnesota’s Todd Baxter – but as the sport of lacrosse continues to grow and expand, it’s not insignificant that the only team that qualified for the 16-team tournament without any players from Long Island is one of the last four teams standing [read entire article].