Bill Tierney: Denver a Final Four Contender
It's rare that a college lacrosse team is the subject of an Associated Press article — the significance being the story can be picked up by websites and newspapers across the country and worldwide for a larger, or possibly more mainstream, audience to read. But I have a hankering this was the type of attention and success Bill Tierney had in mind when he left Princeton for Denver in the summer of 2009.
Last week, before Denver beat Fairfield Saturday to improve to 11-2, an AP reporter sat down with Tierney at his office in Colorado. It was a good time for it. The sixth-ranked Pioneers are now preparing to host the inaugural ECAC tournament that begins Thursday, as the tournament's top seed. They are the favorite to grab the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament that would come with the conference tournament win. And the Pioneers are in the running to host a first-round tournament game in the 16-team NCAA postseason.
Among the highlights from the story, titled "Led by Hall of Fame coach Bill Tierney, Denver becoming rising power in lacrosse," are:
Read the full story here. The link is from The Canadian Press version. Close observers will notice the word 'defence' instead of defense.