CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Washington College Assistant Sports Performance Coach Jake Alvarez has been chosen for the 23-man roster of the Puerto Rican National Lacrosse Team, which will compete at the 2018 Federational of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's Lacrosse World Championship in Netanya, Israel. Final cuts were held July 29th and 30th at Fairfield University, with the final roster announced yesterday.
The 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship will mark Puerto Rico's first appearance at an FIL World Championship event. Alvarez, an attackman, was eligible to try out for the team because his father was born in Puerto Rico.
"I am extremely humbled to have this opportunity to represent the nation that my father was born in," Alvarez remarked. "I am excited and grateful to be able to play alongside some extremely talented lacrosse players ranging from current Major League Lacrosse players to High School All-Americans. I am confident we can make some serious noise at the world games competing as a nation for the first time in history."
Alvarez played collegiate lacrosse at his alma mater, Ithaca College, during the 2011-12 academic year. He credits several of his Washington College Athletics colleagues for helping him land a spot on the Puerto Rican team.
"Throughout the try-out process, Coach Jenkins [Assistant to the Athletic Director for Sports Performance Program & Campus Recreation Jonnie Jenkins] trained me to become faster and more explosive on the field, as well as motivated me to increase my conditioning. [Senior Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach Bennett Cord] was also a solid motivator and helped improve my shooting and stick work. Lastly, Assistant Athletic Trainer Erin Holle unselfishly gave up her time to help rehab my knee and keep my body feeling strong during the training and tryout process. I also received positive influences from other coaches along the way."
Alvarez hopes his successful pursuit of a spot on the team inspires the Washington College student-athletes he works with.
The final take-away for athletes at WAC should be to never count yourself out. Whether you are a starter, or just trying to make the team, there is always more work to be done. I was convinced my lacrosse career was completely over until I came across the formation of the PR National Team and I then fully committed all my actions towards being selected to make the squad."
The 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship will be held July 12-21 of next year.