Cocchi & Cittadino Compete In MLL Championship
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 08/27/2012
BOSTON, Mass. - Current Towson men’s lacrosse assistant coach Dan Cocchi and the Denver Outlaws fell in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship game on Sunday, wrapping up a thrilling weekend of professional lacrosse at Harvard Stadium. Cocchi, a 2003 graduate of Towson University, helped his team to a thrilling semifinal win Saturday before the Outlaws fell in the title game on Sunday.

“It was a great weekend all together,” said Cocchi. “Denver runs a first-class organization and I was happy to be a part of the team. The guys stuck together all weekend and we almost pulled it out.”

Now in his 10th year in the league, Cocchi and the top-seeded Outlaws pulled off a record-setting comeback against the Long Island Lizards in the semifinals.

Trailing 12-3 with 11:32 to play in the third quarter, it appeared that the Outlaws’ record-setting season had reached its end. That’s when Denver set another record with a 10-0 run to end the game, catapulting the franchise into the Steinfeld Cup title game with a 13-12 victory.

Cocchi, a two-time MLL All-Star, and the rest of the Denver defense combined to keep the Lizards off the board for the final 26:32 of the contest – almost the entire second half.

“The team never gave up,” said Cocchi. “We knew we had a big challenge ahead of us coming out of the half. During halftime we just talked about playing as hard as we could for 30 minutes. Our goal was to push the person next to us. We had to play for each other and one-by-one we started to click.”

The win was especially sweet for Cocchi since he was traded from Long Island to Denver on July 10. After the midseason trade, Cocchi played five regular season games and a pair of playoff games for the Outlaws.

Competing in their fourth league championship game in the team’s seven-year history, Denver ran into a tough Chesapeake Bayhawks squad and fell 16-6. The loss snapped Denver’s seven-game win streak which had tied the franchise mark that was set in 2007. Cocchi registered a pair of groundballs in the two games.

In addition to Cocchi, the Outlaws also have ties to Towson as their General Manager is former Tiger head coach Tony Seaman and former Tiger All-American Casey Cittadino is also on the squad. Seaman led the Tiger lacrosse program from 1999-2011. Cittadino, who scored a goal in the championship game, just completed his seventh season with the Outlaws.

Cocchi, a former all-America defenseman for the Tigers, finished his collegiate career second in school history with 283 groundballs. A four-year starter at Towson, Cocchi led the Tigers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003, including a berth in the 2001 NCAA semifinals. In addition, he was a member of two conference championship teams as the Tigers won the 2001 America East title and the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association championship.

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