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Towson tops Japanese team in fall ball lacrosse

Posted on 26 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Keio University, 11-4, in an international friendly Wednesday evening at Unitas Stadium.

“It was a great evening,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We were happy to welcome Keio University to Towson. They are the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan, and we were honored to host them.”

Playing international rules did not slow down the Tigers. Towson got plenty of early shots. Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored at 16:37 in the first quarter, unassisted. Keio University displayed good ball movement and tallied an equalizer at 8:10 in the first quarter when Keisuke Ishiguro connected with Makoto Takahashi for Keio’s first goal. Playing at an up-tempo pace, Towson poured in four more goals to take a 5-1 lead at the first intermission. DeNapoli scored again off a feed from Junior Devin Grimaldi, who also fed sophomore Cory Dobyns before scoring Grimaldi off a pass from junior Andrew Hodgson. Dobyns and DeNapoli combined for the last Towson goal of the first quarter.

The final three quarters featured fewer goals as both teams settled in. Red-shirt sophomore Robby Zoppo scored two goals – one each in the second and third quarters – for Towson. Zoppo won a gold medal with the US Men’s U-19 National Team at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Tournament in July 2012.

“It was good to shake off the rust,” said Nadelen. “We wanted to install a few things. We have 16 fresh faces on the team this year, so it was a good experience for them to get out on the field.”

Towson outshot Keio 42-24 and won 13-of-19 faceoffs. The Tigers continue their fall season with the Play for Parkinson’s Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they face Air Force and Virginia at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.

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Towson’s Zoppo helps USA to nice start at FIL Championships

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Towson midfielder and Team USA Captain has netted a goal and dished out an assist

TURKU, Finland – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo, a captain of the United States Men’s National Under-19 Team, has scored a goal and dished out an assist as Team USA is off to a 2-1 start at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Team USA started pool play with a 24-6 win over Australia on July 13. Zoppo posted a goal and an assist in the victory.

Team USA was upset though on the second day of the tournament, falling to Canada, 11-9 in overtime. Canada became the first team to defeat the U.S. in U19 international play since sanction competition began in 1988. The U.S., which has won all six gold medals contested, is now 38-1 all-time.

Zoppo and Team USA did bounce back on Sunday though, cruising past England, 20-1, in its third pool play game. The team will have its first day off on Monday before facing the Iroquois at 1 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. in Turku on Tuesday. It will be the final pool play game of the competition.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for more updates on Zoppo and Team USA throughout the competition.

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Towson M Zoppo named national team captain

Posted on 09 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Robby Zoppo of Towson, Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and Zach Oliveri of UMass voted  tri-captains for team USA

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo was voted as one of the captains of the 2012 United States under-19 men’s national lacrosse team, head coach Tim Flynn revealed. Zoppo along with defenseman Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and goaltender Zach Oliveri of UMass will serve as tri-captains of the squad.

The captains were selected by a player vote at the team’s training camp at Bryant University in Rhode Island, where the 23-player group has been since Friday. The team will continue to train through Monday, when it leaves from New York for Finland, site of the FIL Under-19 World Championships.

The tournament begins July 12th in Turku, Finland, with opening ceremonies and runs until July 21 with the championship game. The U.S.’s first game is against Australia at 7 p.m. local time Friday, noon Eastern Standard Time.

Jahelka, Oliveri and Zoppo represent different areas of the field for Team USA, thus leadership will be spread around, although no attackmen were among the group voted captains.

Zoppo, a Baltimore native who played at Calvert Hall (Md.), is one of the older members of the team as a rising redshirt sophomore at Towson, where he played in 14 games during the 2012 season. For Team USA, he’s been used as a short-stick defensive midfielder and has shown an ability to play both ends of the field, using speed to his advantage.

The U.S. has won six straight gold medals since sanctioned U19 world competition began in 1988. In the most recent championship game in 2008, Team USA defeated Canada 19-12 behind 19 saves from Adam Ghitelman and three goals and two assists from then-captain Craig Dowd.

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