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June 24, 2014

O-State grad to play lacrosse for Dutch in international tourney


Jimmy van de Veerdonk, an NCAA Division III All-American during his days in an Oneonta State uniform, will play for the Dutch national team in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.

The tournament runs from July 10-19 in Denver. This will mark van de Veerdonk's first international tournament.

The Dutch squad will begin training Monday at the University of Colorado Boulder. Van de Veerdonk, a 2013 O-State graduate, made the 23-man squad as a midfielder. The Dutch's roster includes Plattsburgh State graduate Ryan Phillips and the coaching staff includes Hartwick College head coach Bill Bjorness.

Van de Veerdonk was a two-time All-American for O-State and earned co-Player of the Year honors in the SUNY Athletic Conference in 2012. A faceoff specialist, van de Veerdonk won 570 of 939 faceoffs for a 60 percent win percentage. He is O-State's all-time leader in faceoff wins and attempts, and holds the single-season record for faceoff wins of 205, which he set in 2012.

Van de Veerdonk is also the school's all-time leader in groundballs with 386. His total includes a single-season record of 130, a mark he set in 2013. Van de Veerdonk also scored 96 goals and had 38 assists at O-State. He had three winning goals, four man-up goals and four man-down goals.

A record 38 nations will compete at this year's world championship, which will feature 142 games over 10 days. The Dutch will play China (July 11), Norway (July 12) and Italy (July 13) in pool play. The top team in the division after pool play will advance to the quarterfinal round of the championship bracket.

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