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True Florida Boys State Teams

True Lacrosse Florida is pleased to announce our new partnership with Tony Lowe to launch the first ever True Florida State Teams. The State Team program, which has been in place in other True Lacrosse programs across the country, is an exciting, elite program for top players from across the state. In its inaugural year, the True Florida State Team Program will host teams at each grade level, from graduation years 2020-2027.

Additionally, the True Florida State Teams will have access to top events in the country, allowing them more exposure to college coaches and more opportunities to get recruited. Each player will receive one-on-one guidance throughout the recruiting process to find a school that will best fit their academic and athletic skills. They will also receive performance reviews throughout their tenure with the State Teams so they can continue to grow, improve, and refine their game.

State Training Camp Schedule

  1.  October 12 & 13 - Boca
  2. November 2 & 3 - Sarasota
  3. December 21 & 22 - Sarasota
  4. January 25 & 26 - Boca
  5. May 2 & 3 - Location TBD
Matt Cassalia

Matt Cassalia

Director, True Florida

Phone: 315-415-0627


TONY LOWE

  • Director, Florida Lacrosse Cup & SoFlo Turkey Shootout
  • Helped organize Major League Experience Tournament with Casey Powell
  • Camp Director, Nike
  • Founder, Snipers Lacrosse
  • Founder, LearnLax Academy
  • Played D1 lacrosse at Lehigh University
  • Finished eighth in the country for goals scored (2002)
  • Led Division 1 in goals scored (2003)
  • Voted Athlete of the Year at Lehigh (2002 & 2003)
  • Played lacrosse at Long Island powerhouse Ward Melville High School
  • Second on Long Island in goals (60) and points (109) as a senior
  • Helped his team to State Title (1997) and 2nd place (1998)

Doug Shanahan

  • True Lacrosse Florida Director of Player Development 
  • Associate Head Coach England Lacrosse- Present
  • 2019 District 29 Champions-3 Peat
  • 2019 District 29 Coach of the Year
  • 2018 District 29 Champions- Back to Back
  • 2018 District 29 Coach of the Year
  • 2017 Western Coach of the Year
  • 2017 District 29 Coach of the Year
  • 2017 District Champions
  • Western Davie Head Lacrosse Coach-2017-Present
  • Irish National Team/Erie Team ILF 2016- Present
  • 2013 District Champion Pine Crest
  • 2012 District Champion  Pine Crest
  • 2012 Miami Herald Coach of the Year
  • 2010 USL Coach Of the Year
  • 2008 Head Coach University of Illinois
  • 2x Member of Team USA
  • 2x World Champion
  • MVP of 2002 World Games
  • MLL All Star
  • NCAA 2001 Player of the Year
  • America East Player of the Year 2001
  • 1st ever Tewaraaton Winner 2001 Hofstra

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

Jake Deane

  • Founder & Co-Owner, True Lacrosse
  • 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

MIKE GABEL

  • Founder & Co-Owner, True Lacrosse
  • University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, 2016
  • Member of Charlotte Hounds, 2014
  • Member of the Boston Cannons, 2013
  • Member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 2012
  • Member of the Rochester Rattlers, 2011
  • Member of the Chicago Machine, 2006 - 2010
  • Chicago Machine Captain, 2008 ‘09
  • MLL All-Star, 2008 ‘09
  • Chicago Machine Defensive MVP, 2006 ‘08
  • University of Vermont Assistant Coach, 2006
  • University of Vermont Defensive MVP, ‘03, ‘05
  • American East All Conference Selection, 2000

Casey Cittadino

  • Selected to play for Team Israel in Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships, 2014
  • Head coach for Team Israel U13 Team at World Series of Youth Lacrosse, 2019
  • Played in the MLL for the Denver Outlaws, Charlotte Hounds
  • Drafted 64th overall in the 2006 NLL Draft
  • Played for the Colorado Mammoth
  • Attended Towson University
  • Named to the All-Time Towson Team (top 50 players in school history)
  • 2nd all-time in Towson history for caused turnovers
  • Two-time team captain
  • Jack Heart Unsung Hero award; a prestigious award given to a single male athlete in honor of Jack Heart for selfless devotion to one’s teammates and coaching staff
  • 2005 Honorable Mention All-American
  • Joseph Ferrante Scholar

Jamie Evans

  • Former Team 91 Director & coach
  • Face-off coach, St. Thomas Aquinas Varsity Lacrosse Program
  • Private lacrosse trainer in South Florida
  • Started Team 91 Titans in 2014 with his brother, Mike Evans
  • Former midfielder at LIU, Southampton
  • Guest coach at NLF Futures Showcase, Warrior All America Games, and Xtreme Lacrosse in South Florida

John Keysor, 6 year MLL player, played D1 lacrosse at Hofstra


Duncan Clancy, Played 4 years for MLL's Florida Launch


Jason Morales, Head Coach, Lakewood Ranch High School