International Men

June 19, 2014

FIL 2014 Preview: Plum Division Breakdown

by Brett Amadon | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Argentina went winless in its first visit to the FIL World Championships in 2010. Can they notch their first win this time around against a tough group? (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

With plenty of attention on the Blue Division and favorites like Team USA and Canada, Brett Amadon will be breaking down the other divisions in the lead-up to the FIL World Championships, kicking off next month in Commerce City, Co. Catch all the action by picking up your tickets today!

Teams listed in alphabetical order. View the full schedule of the event here.

Previous Breakdowns: Orange Division

Argentina

2010 Results: 0-6 overall (0-3 group play), 28th place
Head Coach: Ben Brenneman

Names Worth Knowing
A - Carlos Astrada (Guerreros)
M - Nicolas Pedalino (Guerreros)

Astrada and Pedalino are veterans on the Argentine team as they both competed on the 2010 squad in Manchester. As a team looking to improve its offensive sets to take pressure off a defense that was worn down last time out, Astrada and Pedalino will be two players who could play a vital role in making that happen.

Outlook

Nicknamed "celestes y blancos," Argentina will be competing in its second World Championships. Head coach Ben Brenneman, who is a former Duke lacrosse co-captain and current head coach of Kent Denver School, will try to help his team earn its first FIL World Championship win.

Ultimately, 2010 provided an opportunity for Argentina to get its feet wet and develop the program, but that process did not come without a few growing pains. Going winless in the group stage, Argentina struggled to score as well as keep the ball out of the net, finishing with a goal differential of -54, worst in the tournament. Playing in the bottom bracket during the knockout stage, Argentina fell at the hands of Italy 10-3, forcing them into the 25th-28th place bracket. There, Argentina lost to South Korea before playing its closest contest of the tournament, a 10-8 loss to France. Argentina was joined by Mexico (29th place) as the only countries not to earn a win in 2010.*

*The Iroquois Nationals also went 0-3 due to forfeits after the team did not travel to Manchester due to Passport issues.

New Zealand

2010 Results: 5-2 overall (2-1 group play), 15th place
Head Coach: Robert Macaluso

Names Worth Knowing
F/O - Nick Ravenhall (Oslo Legends)
A - Nick Low (Harbour Hawks)
M - Jeremy Kincaid (Eastern Chiefz)

Ravenhall and Low are main fixtures on the New Zealand squad, competing in their fourth world championship. Kincaid is the face of the future for New Zealand lacrosse. The 19-year old currently plays for the Eastern Chiefz and will look to provide an offensive spark on an otherwise veteran laden squad. Check out Ravenhall leading the team (and explaining) Haka prior to a game in 2010.

Outlook

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