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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 Hopkins, UMBC, Maryland stars make US lacrosse roster for Worlds

Posted on 30 June 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE — At the conclusion of a tryout process that included 98 players and spanned 11 months, US Lacrosse has named the U.S. Men’s National Team final 23-man roster for the FIL World Championship, presented by Trusted Choice, July 10-19 in Commerce City, Colo.

The team was selected from a 31-player roster that attended training camp last week in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and competed in Thursday’s MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Four players return from the gold medal-winning 2010 FIL World Championship squad that defeated Canada 12-10 in Manchester, England, to earn the United States’ ninth world title. Returners include attackmen Ned Crotty and Brendan Mundorf (All-World) as well as midfielders Paul Rabil (MVP and All-World) and Max Seibald (All-World).

Team USA will next head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a final training camp July 6-9 before beginning its world title defense in Denver on July 10.

“These men were selected from a group of 52 that participated in Orlando and 31 that participated this past week, so we feel this is a very solid team that will represent our country well in Denver,” said Team USA head coach Richie Meade. “Several of the men who have been part of this process distinguished themselves, but weren’t chosen for this team. We’re very humbled to represent our country and endeavor to do so to the best of our collective ability.”

The 23-man roster by position with professional teams, collegiate alma maters, and previous U.S. team experience noted:

Attack
Ned Crotty, New York Lizards, Duke*
Marcus Holman, Ohio Machine, North Carolina
Kevin Leveille, Rochester Rattlers, Massachusetts
Brendan Mundorf, Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC*
Rob Pannell, New York Lizards, Cornell
Garrett Thul, Florida Launch/Philadelphia Wings, Army

Midfield
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Syracuse
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons, Ohio State
Dan Burns, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Kyle Harrison, Ohio Machine, Johns Hopkins^
David Lawson, Rochester Rattlers, Duke
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons, Johns Hopkins*
Max Seibald, New York Lizards/Philadelphia Wings, Cornell*

Defense
Mitch Belisle, Boston Cannons, Cornell
Jesse Bernhardt, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Maryland
Tucker Durkin, Florida Launch, Johns Hopkins
Michael Evans, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Johns Hopkins
Kyle Hartzell, New York Lizards, Salisbury
Lee Zink, Denver Outlaws, Maryland

Goalie
Drew Adams, New York Lizards, Penn State
Jesse Schwartzman, Denver Outlaws, Johns Hopkins

Faceoff
Chris Eck, Boston Cannons, Colgate
Greg Gurenlian, New York Lizards, Penn State

* 2010 U.S. men’s national team member
^ 2006 U.S. men’s national team member

Two alternates were selected to travel with the team to Colorado Springs and Denver, and will be added to the active roster only in the instance of injury. Per FIL policy, no changes to the active roster may be made after Wednesday, July 9.

Alternates
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers, Syracuse
Steele Stanwick, Ohio Machine, Virginia

For more information on the U.S. men’s national team, visit uslacrosse.org/usmen. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAMLAX.

The World Champion U.S. Men’s National Teams train and play using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), STX (equipment) and Cascade (helmets). Nationwide and Marriott International are official sponsors of Team USA.

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Loyola senior Fletcher named to Team USA

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Fletcher Named To U.S. National Team For 2014 World Championships

 

BALTIMORE – On the eve of the start of his senior season, Loyola University Maryland defender learned he will be one of 30 players to comprise the U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team that will compete at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championships this July in Denver.

Fletcher, who with his teammates will open the 2014 season tomorrow night at the University of Virginia, was picked by Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade and his staff. The event will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park from July 10-19 in the Mile High City. He is the lone player currently on the in college to be named to the team.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for a great person, leader and lacrosse player,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “Joe has been the example of what we want a Loyola men’s lacrosse player to be during his time here. We are extremely proud of Fletch.”

Last month, Fletcher became the highest Loyola player ever selected in the 14-year history of the Major League Lacrosse Draft. He was the third overall pick of event by the New York Lizards.

Fletcher finished last season as one of the best defenders in the nation, earning All-America First Team honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). In doing so, he became the first Loyola player to earn the recognition since Gavin Prout in 2001.

The senior defender from Syracuse, N.Y., was the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the season with 64 ground balls, tops amongst close defenders in the conference. He also had 17 caused turnovers and was a key member of the Greyhounds’ clearing unit that led the nation and set a Division I record by successfully clearing the ball 95.5 percent of the time.

A noted student leader outside of lacrosse, Fletcher is co-president of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and he is one of 14 students school-wide to serve on the Green & Grey society, a group of student leaders who serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

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

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

ZOPPO AND TEAM USA OFF TO A 2-1 START AT FIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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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