NYACK, N.Y. – Nicholas Vazquez of the University of Hartford men’s lacrosse team has been selected to play for the Puerto Rican Men’s National Lacrosse Team at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse’s (FIL) World Championships, which will be held this summer in Netanya, Israel. A native of Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Vazquez enters his second season as a defender for the Hawks.
“We are very excited for Nick and this unique opportunity for him to represent both Puerto Rico and the University of Hartford on the international stage,” said head coach Ryan Martin, who is in his second season at the helm of the Hawks. “This will be a great chance for him to see a different part of the world and go against some of the best competition there is.”
Just over one year ago, Puerto Rico Lacrosse was awarded membership into the FIL. Since then, the organization has worked non-stop to identify qualified players to represent its Men’s National Team.
Following a series of player assessment camps, scrimmages and tournament play, the top-40 players were invited to compete at a two-day tryout. Held last fall under the direction of the Men’s National Team coaching staff, the tryout led to the identification of a 30-man practice team (23 man roster and seven alternates), including Vazquez.
UAlbany’s Steven Ramirez and Will Ramos, along with Stony Brook’s Edward Munoz will also represent Puerto Rico at the FIL World Championships.
As a rookie last year, Vazquez logged time in nine games and cracked the Hawks’ starting defensive line for the final four games. He finished the 2017 campaign with 13 ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers.
Vazquez also made appearances inside the faceoff circle for Hartford late in the year. In a win against Sacred Heart, he posted a 6-of-10 effort and added a career-high eight ground balls, while his best winning percentage, a .636 clip (7-of-11), came in a victory vs. UMBC.
The Puerto Rican Men’s National Lacrosse Team will regroup after the NCAA lacrosse season for a couple of scrimmages, tournament play and a final team camp in late June prior to departing for Israel and the World Championships, which begin on July 12.