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Ortolano Wins Gold With U.S. Lacrosse
Rensselaer head athletic trainer Anthony Ortolano is a gold medalist after the U.S. Men’s National Lacrosse Team captured first place in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in July. Ortolano served as the head athletic trainer for the United States team.

Ortolano, who has been at Rensselaer since 1985, was on the sideline throughout for the United States, culminating with a 12-10 victory over arch-rival Canada. He was also part of the 2006 team that earned a silver medal.

For more than 25 years Ortolano has worked with Rensselaer’s student-athletes from 23 athletic programs. He has improved the Institute’s efforts toward prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by adding new programs and state-of-the-art equipment. He played a vital role in the department’s transition to the East Campus Athletic Village.

In addition to his duties at Rensselaer, Ortolano has served as an athletic trainer at numerous other events, including NCAA National Championships and the Empire State Games, and since 1994 he has served as the head athletic trainer for the Summit Lacrosse Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A member of the New York State, Eastern Regional, and National Athletic Trainers’ Associations, Ortolano was presented the prestigious Tom Sheehan Award, given annually to the New York athletic trainer who has done the most for the field, in 1982.

The World Lacrosse Championships began as a four-team (England, USA, Canada, and Australia) invitational tournament in 1967 and the ILF first sanctioned World Championships in 1974.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 12, August 27, 2010
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