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For a shot at world championship, Maryland lacrosse players follow family history to nontraditional nations

For a shot at world championship, Maryland lacrosse players follow family history to nontraditional nations

There’s no shortage of men’s lacrosse stars for powerhouses like the United States, Canada and the Iroquois Nationals to tap for the Federation of International Men’s World Lacrosse Championship, which opens Thursday in Netanya, Israel.

But for nontraditional nations, the pool is not quite as deep.

That’s where someone like John Tornabene steps in. The Havre de Grace native and Archbishop Curley graduate, who in April wrapped up his senior year as a close defenseman for UMBC, will play for the Filipino national team, which in 2014 became the 50th country to join the FIL. His maternal grandparents called the Southeast Asia country home for years before immigrating to the United...

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