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Face-Off Combine Overnight Camp

Announcing True Lacrosse's Face-Off Academy Overnight Camp!*

* Day Camp Option Available

All Face-Off players will be ranked after every session with in their respective grade level.  Players will have the opportunity to go against college players at their position! At the conclusion of the camp each attendee will receive a write up letting them know their strengths and weaknesses. There will be film breakdown and chalk-talks throughout the camp to assist in their off-field lacrosse learning and IQ.

Headline Coaches: Jake Deane, Matt Cassalia, Chris May, Joe Nardella, RJ Ancona, Will Nowesnick and Kevin Finn

Dates: July 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2020

Location: Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)

Overnight Campers:
-  Check-In July 23rd at 4:00 PM
-  Check-Out July 25th at 12:00 PM

Day Campers:
-  July 23rd: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
-  July 24th: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
-  July 25th: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

-  Overnight Campers: $450
    (payment plan offered)
-  Day Campers: $300

Jake Deane

  • 2013 Rochester Rattlers
  • 2011 & 2012 Chesapeake Bayhawks
  • 2012 MLL Champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks
  • Collected over 200 Groundballs and scored more than 30 points in his MLL career
  • 2010 Member of Toronto Nationals
  • 2006 - '09 Member of Chicago Machine
  • Led the Chicago Machine in groundballs from 2006-2009
  • 2006 All New England First Team
  •  Named to 2006 NCAA All Tournament Team
  • All American at UMass
  • Captain of the UMass National runners-up
  • Holds single season ground ball record at UMass

Kevin Finn

- National Team Director
- Worked for True Lacrosse for 10 years in a variety of roles
- Played at Loyola Academy and won 3 State Championships
- Played DI at Butler University and Stony Brook University
- Played DIII at Salisbury University
- LXM Pro player
- Was the Head Varsity coach of O'Fallon High School and Clayton High School in St. Louis
- Coached for Fox Valley, Evanston, and Lake Forest youth teams


Matt Cassalia

  • Director, True Florida Monsters
  • Assistant coach for eight seasons, Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY
  • Helped the team to national championship in 2013 & 2016
  • Assistant coach, Onondaga Central High School
  • Guided the team to second ever sectional playoff
  • Played in the MLL for the San Francisco Dragons and Rochester Rattlers
  • Began college career at Loyola University
  • Holds the highest all-time faceoff percentage (61%) in a single season
  • Transfered to Le Moyne College
  • Named All American and National Midfielder of the Year in Division 2 in his first season at Le Moyne
  • Helped his team to win the national championship that same year (2006)
  • Team captain (2007)
  • Lead the team to 2nd consecutive national championship, and earned All American honors again
  • Played high school lacrosse at West Genesee High School
  • Two-time All American Midfielder (2002 & 2003)
  • Won two state championships
  • Top 10 recruit in 2003 Inside Lacrosse rankings

Will Nowesnick

Will is a Lake Forest native and attended Loyola Academy, graduating in 2014.  Will won two State Championships ('12 & '13) and was an IHSLA All-American his senior year ('14).  

Will continued his career to play at Salisbury University.  A four year starter, Will won two National Championships ('16 & '17) and was a runner-up in the 2018 National Championship.  Will also collected three years worth of All-American Honors (2x 1st Team, '17 & '18) and 2nd Team in 2016. Will was also a team captain in 2018.

Will is excited to be working back where he first started lacrosse and is thrilled to join the staff of True Lacrosse.

RJ Ancona

A native of West Islip, NY, Ancona was an All-Section and Long Island All-Star in both football and lacrosse. After high school, Ancona was recruited to play lacrosse at Division 1 Hobart College. There, he excelled as a face-off specialist and defensive midfielder. After two years of Division 1 lacrosse, RJ transferred to Stevens Tech, a top Division 3 program. At Stevens, he lead the team to one conference championship, one ECAC championship, and two NCAA tournament appearances, and was part of the number one scoring offense in Division 3 in 2006. Ancona was awarded with the Stevens Coach’s Award, named an Honorable Mention All American, and an All-Conference player.