Lapira shoots for a repeat performance

December 17, 2006
By Maria Burns
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joseph Lapira knows the M.A.C. Hermann trophy is an exact replica of a No. 5 soccer ball and weighs 10 pounds.

It was written on the back of the program at the presentation ceremony. He studied it as he waited for the winner of the trophy to be announced.

He knows that the crystal soccer ball given to the winner is made in Tyrone County, Ireland. His ...

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