FIL World Championships Preview; Purple Pool

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The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships are just a few weeks away and I now everyone in the lacrosse world is very excited. This years FIL World Championships in Netayna, Israel will feature 46 countries that will compete for a Gold medal. This is the second of this series previewing each of the 14 pools and today we cover the Purple Pool. 

This is a very interesting pool as we see some different kinds of teams. The Purple pool has two established teams and one that has been rising as well as a newcomer. I really like the mixture of story lines and competition in this pool. 

Mexico

Mexico is no stranger here as they were present in 2014 in Denver. However, they are obviously not the dominate power in North America like the countries north of their border. It feels like they can soon close the talent gap a little bit, but like anything it will take time. 2018 will just be a step in the right direction. 

Their roster is full of guys that are homegrown players in Mexico.It would seem that they could possibly pull some guys from just north of the border but they have opted to not do that as much as you would think. Props to them for doing that as it helps develop the game and talent in Mexico.

Mexico made their international debut in 2010 in Manchester but they were better in 2014 in Denver. Mexico finished in 23rd place overall and 2nd in the Turquoise Pool. They would finish with a 3-4 record as they got wins over teams like Spain and Colombia. 

Mexico has improved and should be considered a power in the west outside of the US, Canada, and Iroquois. I feel like Mexico has the ability to show they can be a dominate force outside of their own region in this tournament.

Latvia

Latvia should be considered the favorite in this pool as they have made some big strides in terms of developing talent and just getting better overall. They are usually a team to watch for in ay tournament and that doesn't change at all for this one. 

Latvia has been improving a ton over the years and it has shown in the World Championships as well as the European Championships. It really seems that they have a very high ceiling as they continue to go up every time they are on the field. 

The International debut for Latvia was in 2006 where they finished 14th out of 21st. However, they did better in Denver in 2014 where they finished 19th overall and 3rd in the White Pool. They finished with a 5-3 record in Denver as they beat teams Thailand, Spain, and Norway. 

Latvia played pretty well in 2014 but here in 2018 they want to show that they can in fact beat some of those powers. They have had pretty good success against mid-major teams but can they compete with the big dogs? I believe they can and we will see that in Israel.

Greece

Greece is the new kids on the block as 2018 will be their international debut. This is one country that I just haven't paid as much attention to the growth of as others. So, not too much is known about Greece and what they bring to the table. 

We saw them at the 2017 Heritage Cup in Providence, RI where they did have some success there. Although it wasn't the same kind of competition presented at the World Championships it was competition nonetheless. 

Greece is a big unknown but I really do hope they have have some success. As anew team they will draw some eyes for sure and I can't wait to see them play.

Purple Group Schedule

Latvia vs Mexico - Thursday, July 12th

Mexico vs Greece - Friday, July 13th

Greece vs Latvia - Saturday, July 14th



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