July 27, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Notre Dame All-America defenseman D.J. Driscoll was a key part to the United States winning the gold medal at the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England. The U.S. topped Canada 12-10 in the title game on Saturday, July 24.
The win avenged a 10-9 loss to Canada earlier in the tournament during pool play. That was the only setback for the U.S. during the 2010 world championship. The Americans finished with a 6-1 record. Driscoll played in all seven games during the tournament.
The United States now has won seven world titles. Driscoll becomes the second former Fighting Irish player to win gold at the FIL World Championship. Todd Rassas, a three-time All-America defenseman for the Irish, was a member of the 2002 U.S. squad that captured gold. Rassas, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, also was on the U.S. team that claimed silver in 2006. The U.S. fell to Canada, 15-10, during that year’s FIL World Championship title contest.
Former Irish All-American Brian Hubschmann tallied 17 goals and 17 assists to lead the Czech Republic in both categories. The Czech Republic won its group with a 3-0 record and finished in 13th place overall (out of 30 teams). Australia finished in third place, while Japan was fourth.
Driscoll, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate, is currently playing with the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). During his senior season with the Fighting Irish, he earned second-team All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Driscoll was an honorable-mention pick the previous year. He was a three-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) first-team selection and was the GWLL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.
The Downington, Pennsylvania native captained the Irish during his senior campaign and he spearheaded Notre Dame’s defensive attack, which finished the season ranked 11th in NCAA Division I by allowing just 7.67 goals per game. Driscoll played in 51 career games, including 43 starts, for the Fighting Irish. The Los Angeles Riptide selected Driscoll in the second round (11th overall pick) of the 2006 MLL Draft.