Below we have info on Puerto Rico’s first ever national team for an FIL event! This is really impressive stuff considering the program was only accepted into the FIL 14 months ago, and a 23-man roster (along with 7 alternates) reflects all the hard work that so many people have put in to the Puerto Rico Lacrosse program.
(For a big list of all the other national team rosters, click HERE.)
Puerto Rico Lacrosse 2018 Roster Announcement
Nyack, New York – Puerto Rico Lacrosse announces its Men’s National Team for the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championships in Netanya, Israel.
In a little over 14 months since Puerto Rico Lacrosse was awarded membership into the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), the organization has been working non-stop to identify qualified players/members to represent its Men’s National Team. Those efforts resulted in the identification of 80 eligible players who now represent the organization. Following a series of player assessment camps, scrimmages and tournament play, the top 40 players were invited to compete at a two-day tryout this fall. The tryout, under the direction of the Men’s National Team coaching staff, led to the identification of a 30 man practice team (23 man roster and 7 alternates) who will stay together through the end of May.
The team make-up includes a number of young players. They will be supported by a core group of players with professional experience, Ricky Pages (Boston), Devin Cruz (Ohio) and Lance Yapor (Ohio). According to Jeff Ramos, Head Coach of the Men’s National Team “The selection process was more difficult than I expected. I could not have been more pleased with the effort of all our players.” Addressing the selection of Puerto Rico’s First Men’s National Team, Ramos said “We had two goals in mind. First was to select a team we believe will be competitive at the World Championships. The second and just as important, was to establish a base group of young players we could build future National Teams around. Getting our younger players valuable international experience is key to achieving that long term goal.
The team will regroup after the NCAA lacrosse season for a couple of scrimmages, tournament play and a final team camp in late June prior to departing for Israel and the World Championships.
2018 Puerto Rico Men’s National Team Roster:
First Name Last Name Position College Grad Year MLL
Jake Alvarez Attack Ithaca College 2014
Carlos Forde Attack Monmouth university 2021
Luis Gonzalez Attack LIU Post 1999
Lance Yapor Attack Hofstra University 2013 Ohio
John Thomas Giles-Harris Defense Duke University 2020
Jaron Greenidge Defense Molloy College 2018
Ricky Pages Defense Ohio State University 2008 Boston
Tomas Rodriguez Defense Pace University (UMBC) 2019
Nicholas Vazquez Defense University of Hartford 2020
Jared Hershman FO Marquette University 2020
Alex Patton FO University of Tampa 2018
Mathew Martinez Goalie Cornell University 2012
Will Ramos Goalie University at Albany 2021
Jose Boyer LSM University of Notre Dame 2022
Devin Cruz LSM Belmont Abbey College 2016 Ohio
Justin Albarran Midfield Chestnut Hill College 2017
Desiderio Gonzalez Midfield Limestone College 2012
Michael Licata Midfield LIU Post 2019
Corey Millhouse Midfield University of Virginia 2017
Edward Munoz MIdfield Stony brook University 2021
Steven Ramirez Midfield University at Albany 2021
Kris Alvarado SSDM LIU Post 2018
Thomas O’Connell SSDM University of Maryland 2019
Alex Cordero Goalie Wingate University 2022
John Davis Attack Florida Atlantic University 2014
Joe Espinosa SSDM St. Leo University 2010
Anthony Irizarry Attack Tompkins Cortland CC 2018
Garrett Johnson Attack University of Delaware 2014
Christopher Morales LSM Franklin Pierce University 2018
Tyler Perez Defense St. John’s University 2022
John Rivera SSDM Florida Atlantic University 2019
Daniel Rivie Midfield SUNY Polytechnic Institute 2019
About Puerto Rico Lacrosse
Established in 2016, Puerto Rico Lacrosse, a not-for-profit organization has oversight over all Puerto Rico Lacrosse National Teams participating in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) sanctioned events. Our mission is to introduce the game of lacrosse to the youth of Puerto Rico. We are devoted to developing and growing the game throughout the island while promoting the importance of education, healthy living and community service. Puerto Rico Lacrosse is proud to be affiliated with corporate partners that support our mission, including; Warrior Lacrosse, New Balance and Signature Lacrosse. For more information about Puerto Rico lacrosse, visit our website at www.puertoricolax.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.