Current Canisius men's lacrosse head coach Randy Mearns led the Canadian National Team to victory in his debut at the "Duel in Denver" with the help of four former Golden Griffin standouts. Mearns and Canisius graduates Angus Dineley '07, Adam Jones '11, Kevin Ross '07 and Matt Vinc '05 led Team Canada to a win over the rival United States, 11-9, on Saturday.
Both Jones and Ross contributed two points to the winning effort, scoring a goal and adding an assist, while Dineley and Vinc were both apart of a strong defensive effort. In goal, Dineley recorded 10 saves in the second half of play to shut down a strong United States attack.
The matchup was the first between the sport's top two nations since the 2010 FIL World Championship. The "Duel in Denver" served as a prelude to the 2014 FIL World Championship, which will be held in Denver from July 10-19, 2014. The countries have split the last two world championships with Canada taking the 2006 title and Team USA winning in 2010.