It might technically be the offseason for college sports, but that just means that some of the Ohio State student-athletes have an opportunity to compete internationally in their various sports. The 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships gets underway on Thursday, July 12 and five Buckeyes (past and present) will compete on the World stage.
The World Games are taking place in Netanya, Israel, with the first matchup featuring a Buckeye kicking off at 9:30 a.m. with an Israel v. Jamaica showdown on ESPNU.
None of the competitors will suit up for Team USA, but four other countries will have some Scarlet and Gray representation, including Canada (Tre LeClaire, Jake Withers), Israel (Ryan Hunter), Philippines (Mario Ventiquattro), and Puerto Rico (Ricky Pages).
Good luck to these five #Buckeyes as they represent the Scarlet and Gray at the upcoming @2018WorldLax.— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioStateMLAX) July 10, 2018
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The rest of the Buckeyes will play their first matches on Friday, July 13 starting in the late-morning. All matches can be streamed via ESPN+.
- Puerto Rico v. Wales @ 11:45 a.m. ET
- Canada v. England @ 2 p.m. ET
- Philippines v. Czech Republic @ 2:45 p.m. ET
If you are wondering why Ricky Pages is playing for Puerto Rico over the United States, it boils down to an injury and family. According to US Lacrosse Magazine:
“Another former Cannon, Ricky Pages, is also making a return to competition, playing for Puerto Rico. Like Seibald, Pages was not born in Puerto Rico, but he is of Puerto Rican descent, as his grandfather was born there. He was referred to the national team management by Major League Lacrosse, even though he had retired from the league in 2013 due to a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus.
Getting to play with Puerto Rico lacrosse was a great honor for Pages who said it gives him an opportunity to return to competitive lacrosse and to honor his mother.”
The 2018 tournament marks the second straight World Games that Ohio State has had multiple representatives; in 2014, Buckeye Jesse King won a gold medal with Team Canada, and Buckeye Kevin Buchanan brought home silver as a member of Team USA.