San Jose Stealth goaltender Anthony Cosmo would love to play in the 2006 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game for more than one reason.
Returning for his second season with the Stealth, he recently received his second nomination on the ballot for the Western Division. If chosen by the fans, it would not only be his second All-Star Game in as many years, but also a chance to play in his hometown.
Voting for the NLL All-Star Game ended Feb. 8.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario, just 40 miles outside of Toronto, would jump at the chance to participate in the 20th anniversary NLL All-Star game, being hosted by the Toronto Rock at the Air Canada Centre.
“It’s an honor if I do get selected to play in the All-Star Game, but it would also be an honor to play in Toronto, with all my family and friends watching,” said Cosmo. “Hopefully, it will be quite a party.”
Not that Cosmo doesn’t spend enough time in Toronto already. During the week, he is a teacher at St. Herbert’s, an elementary school in Mississauga.
“I’m the teacher who travels,” he said. “I fly back and forth every weekend for practice and the games. After every weekend, they announce my stats over the PA at school. It’s been nice to hear the name ‘San Jose’.”
Cosmo refers to the blockbuster trade early in 2005 which brought him from the Toronto Rock, two-time NLL Champions, to the Stealth. At the time of this writing, he is ranked third among league goalies with a save percentage of 79.6 percent. Since joining the Stealth, Cosmo has guarded the goal in 19 games, coming away with a combined two-season record of 5-11, including a frustrating five one-goal losses. In the past two years he has also assisted on goals four times.
This past summer, Cosmo was named the Mann Cup MVP after leading his summer team, the Victoria Shamrocks, to the Mann Cup Championship. He hopes to draw on that success to keep up the momentum for this season with the Stealth, who are currently 2-3.
“I feel pretty comfortable this season,” Cosmo said. “I came off a great season in the summer and I will try and continue that.”
The goalie, called “Coz” by his teammates, will find out Monday, Feb. 13 if he makes the All-Star roster. In the meantime, he says, he’s just excited about the rest of the season with the Stealth.
“This year, we’re looking to change things around,” he says. “We had quite a few additions, including the coaching staff, but there are a few new players that are really going to help out our team. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Hopefully, the rest of the NLL will get to see Cosmo in action on Feb. 25 at the All-Star Game. In the meantime, the Stealth continue their long stretch of road games. Since their last game at HP Pavilion on Jan. 27, a 15-8 loss to Portland, the Stealth will spend 43 days away from The Tank. This will be a crucial period of time for the team.
When the Stealth return home to kick off the second half on March 11, they will be taking on the Edmonton Rush at 7:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The Stealth will look to build on their victory over the Rush in Edmonton earlier this season. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com
, or by calling 408-999-5700 or visiting the HP Pavilion ticket office.