FIL World Championships Preview: Orange Pool

(Photo Credit: Sweden Lacrosse)

The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships are just a few weeks away and I know 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 eight of this series previewing each of the 14 pools and today we cover the Plum Pool. 


In this pool we have one pretty well established program up against two programs that are trying to build on their recent successes, especially the newcomer here. It will be interesting to see how these these teams fare against each other. 


Argentina

Argentina is a team I don't know that much about, much like other Pan-American teams. They are a little bit of an unknown but they have been growing and developing since 2014.

There is actually a pretty good ten team league in Argentina that should be helping in developing talent. Also, they have been doing a lot of work growing the game domestically, something I always love to see. They also competed in the 2015 Copa de America tournament and Argentina finished in 5th place going 2-2. They recorded wins over Chile and Colombia. 

In 2014 during the World Championships in Denver Argentina finished 36th overall and last in the Plum Pool. They went 1-6 as their lone win came against Colombia. They have developed and grown from that performance and I hope we see that on the field in Israel. I really think they can make some noise and hopefully win a game in their pool. 

Sweden

Sweden is the favorite in this pool as they have been a pretty well established program that has had some success, especially regionally and in 2014 in Denver.

Sweden is one of those teams that seems to always be playing. That much competition is very good for their improvement. They didn't have the showing they wanted in the European Championships in 2016 as they finished 13th overall. They went 5-3 in Hungary as they competed with some good teams such as Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, and more.

The 2014 World Championships in Denver saw Sweden impress a lot of people with their 11th place overall finish. In the Orange Pool they would finish 2nd to Israel. They were able to get wins over Korea, Slovakia, Bermuda, Poland, and Finland. With all the hard work they have put in there is no doubt they have improved and ready to make some noise in Israel.

Hungary

Welcome to the World Championships Hungary! This is Hungary's first World Championships but they made their international debut in 2016 during the European Championships.

The growth and development of lacrosse in Hungary, particularly Budapest, has been phenomenal. They hosted the 2016 European Championships as they made their international debut. In the 2016 European Championships they went 4-4 finishing in 17 place. It really was a great debut for the Hungarians.

Hungary should have a decent performance in Israel as they have some good experience under their belt with the Euros as well as two Heritage Cups. Those tournaments along with the growth and development domestically should be enough to have the Hungarians ready to make some noise in Netayna.

Orange Group Schedule

Sweden vs Argentina - Thursday, July 12th

Argentina vs Hungary - Friday, July 13th

Hungary vs Sweden - Saturday, July 14th



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