Diego playing for Spain in the 2018 FIL Men's World Lacrosse Championships
Men’s World Lacrosse Championship-Exeter’s Diego Larraz-Ramirez lights up the scoring for Spain
University of Exeter Men’s Lacrosse Sports Scholar Diego Larraz-Ramirez was selected to represent Spain in the 2018 FIL Men’s World Lacrosse Championships held in Netanya, Israel from the 12th-21st July.
In a huge step forward for Men’s Lacrosse the 2018 tournament was the most widely viewable Lacrosse event to date with over 300 hours of lacrosse available for viewing across 46 nations. Drawn in the initial group stages alongside New Zealand and Croatia, Spain finished 2nd in the group with 1 win and 1 loss, beating Croatia 12-9 and losing out to New Zealand 5-9. Facing Argentina later in the tournament Diego scored a hatrick to contribute to Spain’s final tally of 12 but they were outscored by Argentina who went on a 6 goal scoring streak to take the win 16-12 in a high scoring game. Overall Spain finished their 2018 World Championships in 31st place defeating Poland in their final placings game 9-4.
Reflecting on the tournament and the experience of a World Championships Diego commented “The Lacrosse World Cup was great! We started off with very intense training and two friendly games before the tournament started. Throughout those friendlies and the tournament I started every single game. Playing in Israel was amazing, our oppositions were very tough and although we did not win as many games as we should have we still finished the tournament with 3 wins and 4 losses.
Personally I am very satisfied with my individual performance; however, I know that if I continue to work on my development I will be able to come to the next international tournament even stronger. I had 9 goals and 8 assists in the tournament making me the 3rd top point scorer in the team. My best game was probably against Argentina, were I had my first international hat-trick and 1 assist. I found that this tournament was a fantastic experience which taught me how to step up my game and play against some of the best players in the world. There is a whole lot that I can bring from what I have learnt this summer to the University of Exeter Lacrosse Club. I have very high hopes for the University of Exeter Men’s 1st team this coming season and Coach Don, Harry McKay and I will be demanding a lot of commitment and discipline from the players to be able to come first in the league. I am looking to bring a leadership role into the team and be able to take the reins especially when it comes to offensive play”.
The University of Exeter Men’s Lacrosse team plays in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier South League and finished 2nd in the 2017-2018 season so will be hoping to go one better in 2018!
Date: 24 July 2018