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    Rodis Clinches OT Thriller for Philippines Lacrosse

    from press release

    NETANYA, Israel - Thanks to a Justin Rodis sudden-death goal, his lone of the day, and a balanced offensive attack throughout the contest, Philippines lacrosse topped No. 18 Italy, 12-11, on Tuesday, in its fifth game of the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships.


    “Perseverance is a long word that best describes this long game,” head coach Kirk Ventiquattro said. “It was 100 degrees for 88 minutes then three more minutes in sudden death. It didn’t surprise me though, not from these guys who have become my guys.”


    The Philippine offense saw seven of its players contribute to the 12-goal total. Mario Ventiquattro paced the attack with five goals while James Schutt chipped in with two scores.


    "We started slow but trusted in the coaches’ game plan,” Justin Rodis said. “Our defense has been the back bone of our team and without them, we don’t get the opportunities at the end of the game. We had a team effort on both ends.”


    Adrian Macalalad had two goals and an assist. Rodis’ stat line also included an assist, in addition to his winning goal. Angelo Austria, Anntony Brown and Matthew Speciale each scored a goal. Joseph McKenna had two assists.


    “Coming off a tough loss (vs. Israel on Monday), we didn’t necessarily play the way we wanted to today vs. Italy,” Mario Ventiquattro said. “We had a slow start and they stayed in the game with us. We were able to dig deep and come out on top. I’m proud of these guys and I’m proud to be a part of this team.”


    Wednesday will be an off day for the Philippines squad. Thursday’s game time is set for 3:15 p.m. IDT/8:15 a.m. ET. Fans can tune in live via ESPN+. Thursday’s opponent will be determined by Game Nos. 107 and 125.


    Schedule and results details can be found at www.worldlacrosse2018.com.


    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

    Mon., July 16: No. 7 Israel 11, Philippines 8

    Tues., July 17: Philippines 12, No. 18 Italy 11 (OT)



    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 (FIL) 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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