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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

Important travel information when attending the camp

Please book all arriving flights into Chicago to arrive in the morning prior to the camp starting.  Departure flights should be booked the evening the camp ends.

Transportation will be provided by shuttle service to and from the airport.  More details to follow.

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

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

  • Lake Forest native; attended Loyola Academy (graduated 2014) 
  • Won two State Championships ('12 & '13)
  • 2014 IHSLA All-American
  • Four year starter at Salisbury University
  • 2016 National Championship
  • 2017 National Championship
  • 2018 National Championship Runner Up. 
  • 2016 USILA 2nd Team All American
  • 2017 USILA 1st Team All American
  • 2018 USILA 1st Team All American
  • 2018 Team Captain
  • 2019 MLL Atlanta Blaze Starting Defensemen
  • 2019 MLL Mikie Schlossler All Star
  • MLL Week 11 Defensive Player of the Week
  • Three Time MLL Team of the Week(Defense)
  • Lake Forest High School Defensive Coordinator

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. 

Casey Dowd

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Tyler Barbarich

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Andrew Barcy

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Joseph Manna

A Long Island, N.Y., native, Manna played collegiately at SUNY Delhi under head coach Bob Leary where he earned Preseason NJCAA All-America honors by Inside Lacrosse. During his senior season, Manna won 198 draws on 254 attempts to set a new single-season school record at 78 percent.

After graduating from SUNY Delhi, Manna played semi-pro for the Allegany Arrows of the CAN-AM Lacrosse League.

He began his coaching career in 2016, returning to SUNY Delhi to serve as a graduate assistant. Manna previously served as head coach of the East Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Club where he coached Honorable Mention All-America, and SELC Specialty Player of the Year, Garrett Hess, who recorded 174 draws in 217 attempts (80 percent).

Manna has also spent time internationally working with the Israel, Colombia and Bulgarian national programs.