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Former Towson standout Cittadino to play for Israel in World Championships

Posted on 01 July 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Former Tiger men’s lacrosse player Casey Cittadino ’06 heads to Denver this week with Team Israel for the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championship.
Cittadino has close ties with current members of Towson Lacrosse. While he was a Tiger student-athlete, he played defense with Assistant Coach Dan Cocchi and for then-Assistant Coach Shawn Nadelen. In high school, the New York native played with Associate Head Coach Anthony Gilardi at Baldwin High School.
Cittadino was a key member of Towson’s three straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship teams and earned tournament MVP honors in 2005 – an experience he ranks as some of his best memories of his time as a Tiger. Twice his season totals in caused turnovers (2005, 2006) ranked in the top 10 in Towson Lacrosse records. He finished his career ranked third in program history in caused turnovers (65).
After graduation, Cittadino began playing in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
“Playing in the MLL really has been pretty amazing,” he said. “I spent seven seasons with the Denver Outlaws, two of which I lived in Denver, and it was amazing. The other five I was commuting back and forth from New York every weekend, which was pretty rough at times.
“But in my seven years there, we were in the playoffs ever year and playing for a MLL title in four of those seasons. We unfortunately never won it, but I was a part of some great teams and around some incredible players.
“I have been on the Charlotte Hounds for the past two seasons. This is my ninth year in the league. The talent is pretty incredible and could easily have four more teams [in the league] without the the product on the field changing. Each team is truly an all-star team and every year the players get better and better.”
Each of his season in MLL have provided favorite memories of their own.
“Some of my favorite experiences have been the Fourth of July games at Invesco Field in Denver where we averaged 30,000 fans for the games. But, I do have to say beating Denver in the semifinals last year felt pretty amazing after they traded me and then had an undefeated season. It would have been a lot sweeter if we could have sealed the deal and won the championship the next day.”
Cittadino took a leave of absence from the MLL to join Team Israel Lacrosse and prepare for the FIL championship that runs from July 10 to 19 in Denver, Colorado.
“They reached out to me almost two years ago already and asked me to be a part of the tryout process. There were multiple tryouts in different locations as well as a ton of official government paperwork.
“I had to become a dual citizen, so this was a pretty serious decision,” he continued. “And the process of making Aliyah (officially returning to Israel) is pretty difficult. I needed to get government IDs, passports, and bank accounts set up.
“But when I landed in Tel Aviv and completed the process, it felt amazing. I spent some time coaching youth teams and will continue to do so even when these games are over. I really want to help develop this program, so Team Israel can become one of the top five teams in the world and competing for a gold medal in years to come.”

Cittadino has won college championships, contributed to successful professional teams and is now ready to make noise on the world stage.

“I am really just looking forward to helping Israel make a statement to the world,” he said. “We will be underdogs for almost every game, and I’m looking to upset some teams.”

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Former Greyhound Etherly to play professionally in Israel

Posted on 20 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Etherly ’12 Signs First Professional Contract

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recent Loyola University Maryland graduate Erik Etherly signed his first professional contract this week, inking a deal to play in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward, Etherly will begin play this season for Hapoel Galil Elyon in the top basketball league in Israel. Last year, the team won the Balkan International Basketball League, and it captured its first Israeli Championship in 2009-2010.

Located in northern Israel, the team plays its home games in Gan Ner.

Etherly transferred to Loyola after playing his freshman season at Northeastern University in 2008-2009, and he made an immediate impact as a starter during the 2010-2011 season. He averaged at least 10.8 points per game in his three seasons with the Greyhounds, raising his scoring totals each season.

He posted 10.8 points per game as a sophomore before scoring 13.7 as a junior in 2011-2012 as Loyola won the MAAC Championship and reached the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1994. He then capped his collegiate career by averaging 15.7 points per game as a senior in 2012-2013.

Etherly finished with 1,245 career points in just three seasons at Loyola, and he was also an excellent rebounder, pulling down 669 during his time as a Greyhound. He stands 20th all-time at Loyola in points, 10th in rebounds. His rebounding totals are the most by any Loyola player who was a Greyhound for only three seasons. He also finished his Loyola career third in blocked shots (121) and ninth in steals (121).

The native of Alexandria, Va., where he graduated from Annandale High School, Etherly earned All-MAAC First Team honors in each of his final two seasons, and he was also the first Loyola player to receive All-District I honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) twice in his career.

He graduated in December 2012 from Loyola with a bachelor of arts in communications, and following the completion of his collegiate career, he played in the pre-NBA draft Portsmouth Invitational, participated in a workout with the Washington Wizards and was a member of the Maryland team in The-BALL league in Washington, D.C.

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