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Summit H.S. Grad to Represent Team China at LAX World Championships

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, May 2, 2014 • 1:25pm

SUMMIT, NJ - Michael Tsiang, a 2011 Summit High School graduate, and currently a junior at the Villanova School of Business, has been invited to play on China's first team to compete in the Men's Lacrosse World Championship Games.

The event, held by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) every four years, brings together teams from a record 38 different countries to play in a 10-day event featuring the lacrosse powerhouses of the world, as well as teams from countries where lacrosse is just beginning to emerge.

Two years ago, Tsiang attended a summer session at Shanghai's Jiao Tong University.  He was able to connect with an expat lacrosse coach, and played with the home team in the Shanghai Cup, an invitational event for Asia Pacific lacrosse.
 
The coach, Michael Elefante, is a New Providence native who has been running a family business in Shanghai for several years.  He has been the prime factor in getting China accepted for membership by the FIL, and getting a team registered for this year's Championship Games.

Tsiang graduated from Summit High School in 2011, and was a member of the team that won 68 games in a row from 2009 - 2011.  At Villanova, he is a face-off middie, and one of 17 players from New Jersey.  On Team China, he is one of seven players who bring North American collegiate experience, and the only one from the NCAA Division I level.

Tsiang has also been the collegiate advisor for a crowdfunding website https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/china-lacrosse-needs-your-support.  The campaign features a professionally produced video shot in Shanghai.  Team China relies on private funding to make it to Denver, and all of its players are reaching out to home communities for donations.
 
The games will be played July 10-19 in Denver, CO.
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