This weeks New Yorker features an article titled "Pioneer" that is all about college lacrosse!
The subject of the article is Bill Tierney and his move from head coach at Princeton to head coach at University of Denver. However, the author, John McPhee, built the article around the Denver vs. Syracuse season opener this year.
It's pretty exciting to see Syracuse mentioned so frequently in a magazine like The New Yorker where I do not expect much about sports, let alone lacrosse. On top of that, you can smile as you read names like "Chris Daniello," and "Cody Jamieson," names I basically only ever see on syracuse.com and here.
I'm told McPhee is a big lacrosse fan (Google seems to support that) and he does an excellent job of painting Princeton and Syracuse as rivals that are two of the greatest lacrosse schools in the history of the sport. There's mention of Jim Brown, as well as a great photo of Jamieson in his 22 jersey which, again, was nice to see in a place I didn't expect. (he flatteringly describes Jamieson as "running-back size")
Plus, there is this line which gave me shivers:
Generally speaking, nobody beats Syracuse twice in one season.
That's great, even though he goes on to say, "So if you lose to Syracuse you can dream about surprising them late."
All that to say, though the article is behind a subscriber wall on their site, I scanned the article in and you can download it here in a 1.2 MB PDF (not the greatest scan but you should be able to zoom in and read it just fine).