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    Philippines Lacrosse Moves to 3-0 With 11-5 Win Over No. 15 Switzerland

    from press release

    NETANYA, Israel - Mario Ventiquattro’s four goals and two assists propelled Philippines lacrosse to an 11-5 victory over No. 15 Switzerland, on Sunday, in its third game of the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships.


    “The offense came out a little too excited but settled down,” head coach Kirk Ventiquattro said. “The defense was again dominating. Everyone, from our fans to the coaches, and especially the team, is excited to play the host country, Israel, on Monday and on ESPNU, no less. The world will see 23 Philippine competitors play their hearts out because that is what we do.”


    Ventiquattro now totals eight goals and three assists over three games. On Sunday, James Schutt collected two goals, pushing his total to seven for the tournament. Adrian Macalalad, Joseph McKenna and Raymond Medalla each chipped in with a goal in the win over the Swiss. McKenna now totals four goals in the championship. Dan Morris played all 80 minutes in goal on Sunday and 240 total minutes over three matches.


    "I think the offense started the game with too much excitement which led to a slow start,” Mario Ventiquattro said. “We settled down, did what we do and shared the ball. Everyone played for the name on the front of our jerseys, not on the back.”


    “This team has gelled together faster than any other team I’ve been a part of,” M. Ventiquattro added. “We talk about being brothers and that’s what we’re becoming. The coaching staff has made us an extension of their family. All of the guys are buying in.”


    Monday's match-up features Philippines vs. No. 7 Israel at 2:30 p.m. IDT/7:30 a.m. ET. Fans can tune in live in the U.S. on ESPU and live via ESPN+.


    Fri., July 13: Philippines 11, No. 14 Czech Republic 6

    Sat., July 14: Philippines 11, No. 27 Belgium 4

    Sun., July 15: Philippines 11, No. 15 Switzerland 5


    Joseph McKenna

    Friday: 2G

    Saturday: 1G

    Sunday: 1G


    James Schutt 

    Friday: 2G

    Saturday: 3G

    Sunday: 2G


    Matthew Speciale

    Friday: 2G, 3A

    Saturday: 4G, 4A

    Sunday: 2G, 1A


    Mario Ventiquattro

    Friday: 2G

    Saturday: 2G, 1A

    Sunday: 4G, 2A


    Name    Position   School/Affiliation

    Alex Hurdle Defense/LSM   Notre Dame

    Justin Rodis Attack    Elmira College

    Mat Speciale Attack    Kean University

    Anthony Padua  Midfield   Binghamton Lacrosse Club

    Dan Morris   Goalie    Maryland

    Adrian Macalalad  Midfield   Oregon State

    11  JJ McKenna   Midfield   Stockton University

    12  Maruh Legaspi  Midfield   Manila LC

    14  Tim Chea   Defense   Louisville

    16  Justin Hussey   Defense/LSM   Lemoyne College

    17  Anjelo Austria  Midfield   Dartmouth College

    22  John Tornebene  Defense   UMBC

    23  Ray Medalla   Midfield   Fontbonne University

    24  Mario Ventiquattro  Attack    Ohio State

    26  James Schutt   Attack    St. John Fisher

    27  Don Japheth Teves Midfield   Silliman University LC

    30  Ram Gregory   Midfield   University of Makati LC

    42  Anntony Brown  Attack    North Florida

    44  Aldrin Pano   Defense   Manila LC

    50  Mio Sison  Midfield   Endicott College

    77  Max Rosner   Defense  Bowdoin College

    88  Chris Janelle   Midfield   Endicott College

    90  Jerico Hermoso  Defense   Footscray Australia


    Head Coach: Kirk Ventiquattro (Cortland/Carthage High School)

    Associate Head Coach: Tony Ventiquattro (UMass/Cortland/IMG/Rhino Lacrosse)

    Offensive Coordinator: Rob Cross (UMBC/Delaware/Harvard/Rutgers/Siena College)

    Defensive Coordinator: Ben Gaebel (Cortland/Clarkson College)


    The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel will be the inaugural World Games for Philippines Lacrosse. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in our first FIL World Championship event as well as network with the international lacrosse community and represent the Philippines with honor and pride.


    Lacrosse was formally introduced to the Philippines upon meeting with representatives of the Philippine Sport Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee in September 2013. Introductory clinics were held at academic institutions and, from these inaugural clinics, the University of Makati Lacrosse Club, Manila Lacrosse Club and Silliman University Lacrosse Club were formed.


    Philippines Lacrosse Association (PLA) became an Associate Member of the Federation of International Lacrosse in February 2014. Five months later, the PLA participated in the 2014 World Lacrosse Festival at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado, USA, and was able to raise awareness of our mission to develop and grow lacrosse in the Philippines. Over the next four years, members of the Philippines Lacrosse Association participated in fundraising events and competitions to network and collect equipment donations needed to support growth and provide lacrosse clinics in the Philippines.


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