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OAKDALE, N.Y.- Former men’s lacrosse standout Kyle Rubisch ’10 is representing Team Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships this week.  A record 38 nations are participating in this year’s tournament, which occurs every four years with nine nations making their FIL World Championship debut. 

Team Canada currently stands at 2-1 in the tournament’s top Blue Division, after falling to the USA 10-7, they bounced back down England 23-3 before edging out the Iroquois Nationals 9-8.  “Being able to represent your country is a great honor,” said Rubisch.  “Having the opportunity to compete for your country against the best players in the world is an experience of a lifetime.  Every time you get to put on your country’s jersey it’s special.”  The National Lacrosse League’s 2012 and 2013 Defender of the Year has started in all three games for Team Canada holding opposing teams to just 21 goals while scooping up two groundballs and causing three turnovers.

As a Golden Lion, the All-American appeared in 53 games racking up 198 groundballs and 116 caused turnovers to rank among Dowling’s Career Leaders. “We are very proud of Kyle and all of his accomplishments.  It is a great honor to compete in the World Games and represent your country,” said men’s lacrosse head coach Tim Boyle.  “Kyle is a special player and that is something that we all knew down here at Dowling.  Through the NLL, MLL and now on the International stage everyone else in the Lacrosse community is getting to see just how special of a player he actually is.”      

After graduation, Rubisch was a second round draft pick of the Boston Blazers in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft where his team leading 143 loose balls and 20 forced turnovers earned him NLL All-Rookie Team accolades.  After the Blazers suspended operation in 2011, Rubisch was selected second overall by the Edmonton Rush in the dispersal draft and was named NLL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.  The defenseman is a finalist for the award again for the 2014 season.

Team Canada is back in action today, July 14th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. as they face Japan at 2:00 PM MDT and will take on Australia Tuesday, July 15th at 8:00 PM MDT.

CLICK HERE to watch Team Canada vs Japan
CLICK HERE to watch Team Canada vs Australia
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