Who's That Brown?

March 23, 2007

by Brian Logue, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Embracing history was part of the allure for Lars Tiffany when he took the head coaching job at his alma mater, Brown University, last summer. That history didn't include 2006.

"I never watched one thing from last year," said Tiffany. "I wanted a clean slate."

There's no arguing with the results. Five games into his tenure in Providence, the Bears are 4-1, double last year's win total from a dismal 2-11 season, and ranked 18th in the USILA poll. After dropping their opener, 12-11, to UMBC in overtime, the Bears have won four in a row, most notably wins over Hofstra and last year's national runner-up, Massachusetts.

"I really think it's playing with passion and playing with fire," said Tiffany. "We're grinding out the groundballs; we're riding with a purpose. I really believe that can carry you in the close games."

The Bears face their biggest test on Saturday, heading to Hanover, N.H., for their Ivy League opener against a Dartmouth team (2-3) that has won two straight, including a 7-6 victory over Notre Dame.

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