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‘Doc’ cherishes accomplishment as U.S. men’s national team get its rings for winning FIL world championship in summer

Sunday, 19th December 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 12/18/10
From U.S. Lacrosse Release & Staff Report

The 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) world champion U.S. men’s national lacrosse team members received their championship rings at a traditional ring ceremony on Friday at New York’s Cornell Club in New York City.

The program included a video of the team’s remarkable journey and remarks from US Lacrosse and team staff followed by the presentation of the rings from Head Coach Mike Pressler.

The FIL World Championships were held in Manchester, England, July 15-24. The team finished the tournament with a 6-1 record, defeating and reclaiming the gold from Team Canada in the championship game, 12-10. This is the ninth world champion title for Team USA.

The U.S. men’s national team has now won seven of the last eight world titles (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010).

Most of the 23-member team accepted their rings – including goalie Brian (Doc) Dougherty, the Episcopal Academy alum who recently was named head coach at Chestnut Hill College. Dougherty, who has won three pro championships (two with the Philadelphia Barrage), a national club championship (GMH Philadelphia, this summer) and numerous individual honors, ranked this title as his No. 1 accomplishment.

“This is definitely as the top of the list,” he said in a phone interview. “It was just great seeing everyone come together as a team.

“The event Friday was great. We got to see a cool video and our general manager spoke and then Coach Pressler talked about each guy and gave everybody his ring. We had a really good time, busting each other’s chops.”

Dougherty said that fellow Philly teammates Kevin Cassese (Lehigh coach), D.J. Driscoll (Malvern Prep) And Alex Smith (Delaware alum) were not able to attend the ring ceremony. In all 18 of the 23 players attended.

The United States will host the next FIL World Championships in Denver, Colo. in the summer of 2014.

Cassese (Duke, 2003) and Ryan Powell (Syracuse ’00) were the captains of the gold medal-winning team.

The 23-man roster for Team USA that competed in the FIL World Championships July 15-24 at Manchester, England:

2 Brendan Mundorf A Ellicott City, Md. Denver Outlaws/Wings UMBC ’06
4 Joe Cinosky D Boonton Township, N.J. Chesapeake Bayhawks Maryland ’09
5 Eric Martin D Norfolk, Va. Denver Outlaws Salisbury ’04
6 Brian Dougherty G Philadelphia, Pa./Episcopal Acad. GMH Lacrosse Club Maryland ’96
7 Kyle Sweeney D Springfield, Pa./Springfield-Delco Boston Cannons/Wings Georgetown ’03
9 Matt Striebel M Gill, Mass. Chicago Machine Princeton ’01
10 Matt Zash M Massapequa, N.Y. Long Island Lizards Duke ’06
11 Alex Smith M Timonium, Md. Chesapeake Bayhawks Delaware ’07
12 Ned Crotty M New Vernon, N.J. Machine Duke ’10
14 Ryan Boyle A Baltimore, Md. Boston Cannons Princeton ’04
20 Stephen Peyser M Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. Long Island Lizards Johns Hopkins ’08
21 Kyle Dixon M Millersville, Md. Chesapeake Bayhawks Virginia ’06
22 Ryan Powell A Carthage, N.Y. Team Rhino Syracuse ’00
25 Chris Schiller M Rochester, N.Y. SCOG Penn State ’99
26 Drew Westervelt A Bel Air, Md. Denver Outlaws/Phila. Wings UMBC ’07
27 Shawn Nadelen D Rochester, N.Y. Chesapeake Bayhawks/Wings Johns Hopkins ’01
32 Kevin Cassese M Port Jeff. Station, N.Y. Brooklyn Lacrosse Club/Lehigh head coach Duke ’03
34 Ryan McClay D Mahopac, N.Y. Boston Cannons Cornell ’03
36 D.J. Driscoll D Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep Chicago Machine Notre Dame ’06
42 Max Seibald M Hewlett, N.Y. Denver Outlaws Cornell ’09
44 Adam Fullerton G Liverpool, N.Y. Denver Outlaws Army ’08
91 Mike Leveille A Delmar, N.Y. Chicago Machine Syracuse ’08
99 Paul Rabil M Gaithersburg, Md. Boston Cannons Johns Hopkins ’08

Head Coach: Mike Pressler
Assistant Coaches: Joe Alberici, Tony Resch (La Salle College High assistant/former Barrage, Wings coach), Rick Sowell
Faceoff Consultant: Paul Cantabene


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