By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/2/08
Recent St. Joseph’s University graduate Kyle Hofstaedter (Pennridge) and Haverford College senior Jamey van Opstal were members of the Netherlands national team which finished second in the recent European Lacrosse Championships (ELC) in Lahti, Finland.
The Netherlands defeated Germany, 12-6, to reach the finals and then fell to England, 14-4, in the championship game of the 18-team tournament. Hofstaedter, a defender, also played for the Netherlands in 2006 when the Dutch finished ninth.
Van Opstal also played defense.
Also from Haverford College, 2002 grad Joe Caulfield (St. Joseph’s Prep) played for Ireland on defense and helped the Irish squad finish sixth.
Another graduate of St. Joe’s University, 2005 alumnus Kevin McGrann, played for Italy in the tournament. The Italians finished last. McGrann resides in Washington, D.C serving on the staff of House of Representatives Minority Leader, John Boehner (R-OH).
The ELC is a two-week tournament, the largest international lacrosse championship in the world. The ELC will be hosted by Manchester, England in 2010.