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NCAA Division II championships: Dowling’s Abbene gets his chance at title today, six years after watching older brother fall in finals

Sunday, 27th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/27/12
From Press Release

As a fifteen year old in 2006, Danny Abbene watched from the stands as his brother Michael competed for a Division II National Championship as member of Dowling College. Dowling took a loss in the Championship, something that Michael remembers to this day.

“Ever since I picked up a lacrosse stick one of my dreams was to win a National Championship,” said Michael. “We were so close. If I have any regrets from my playing career it would be that we didn’t finish.”

Six years later, the roles are reversed. Danny (Kings Park) and the Golden Lions (12-2) take on No. 3 Limestone today at 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA for the NCAA Division II National Championship. It’s a certainty that Michael will be there.

“Michael has always been one of my biggest supporters and role models,” said Danny. “He is the reason why I play lacrosse. I wear the number 3 in his honor and he knows that I will do everything I can to win a National Championship for our family and our school.”

Michael won’t be alone on his venture to Boston for the game. Many of the 2006 team will be accompanying him as well as the Golden Lions strong alumni base.

Coach Tim Boyle is adamant that this loyal contingent played an important role in the team’s 7-6 upset victory at #1 Mercyhurst last weekend.

“The fans brought a positive energy to our sideline and made the game feel as if we were at home,” he said. “I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout from the alumni and parents. The trip to Mercyhurst (8+ hours) is one of the most challenging road trips we take. I am glad it didn’t stop them from getting in their cars and I am very happy that they will be joining us in Boston.”

When Abbene was a high school senior at Kings Park he was a highly recruited but was drawn to Dowling.

“I have always had a great relationship with Coach (Tim) Boyle and Coach (Mike) Taylor,” he said. “At the time, my brother Michael was on the staff as well. Watching him in 2006 gave me the extra motivation to want to play for Dowling and get back to the National Championship.”

Abbene (19 goals, 7 assists this season) capped an impressive career at midfield being named to the ECC All-Conference Second Team and receiving USILA All-American honors. The senior team captain leads the team with four game winners and has scored in every game except one this season. He will finish as one of the best midfielders to play for the Golden Lions.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Danny and what he has done for my alma mater. I feel the excitement again from when I was playing. I can’t wait for the game this weekend.” said Micheal.

Come out and support Danny and the rest of the Golden Lions this weekend. For ticket information or to watch the game live, log onto www.ncaa.com.

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