Pupil, coach on opposite sides

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Toronto Rock general manager/coach Terry Sanderson helped Arizona Sting star Dan Dawson become one of the top scorers in the National Lacrosse League.

But today, Sanderson wants his prized pupil to forget everything he learned from the past three summers in Brampton.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Dawson, 23, who calls Sanderson the person he respects most in lacrosse on the Sting's web site, will be trying to beat his mentor today when the Sting faces the Rock in the National Lacrosse League final at the Air Canada Centre.

Sanderson coached Dawson the past three summers with the Brampton Excelsiors and they won a Mann Cup together in 2002.

A GREAT COACH

"(Sanderson) is a great coach and a great person," said Dawson, who had a breakout year this season and finished seventh in NLL scoring with 84 points. "Terry saw a lot in me that I didn't see and he tried to bring it out. I owe a lot to Terry, but he's my enemy for 60 minutes."

Sanderson sent plenty of praise back Dawson's way.

"Dan is a good lacrosse player and he's going to turn into an excellent lacrosse player," Sanderson said. "He's an exceptional young man and he's a great team guy. He's a gamer and he's everything lacrosse people stand for. He deserves everything he gets."

Dawson played with 13 Rock players on the Excelsiors this past summer.

"I don't even want to say hi to them (this week) to be honest," Dawson said.


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