After attending the 2006 World Games, Californian Iliad Rodriguez started forming Mexico Lacrosse in late 2007 hoping to compete internationally as Team Mexico. The program held their first scrimmage, a 10-5 loss to the Palo Alto Lacrosse Club, during their “Kick-Off Weekend” at Spartan Stadium in San Jose before a San Francisco Dragons’ game in late June.
- Population: 106,682,500
- Size: 761,606 sq. miles
- Official Language: Spanish
- Team Website: www.mexicolacrosse.com
The Men’s Elite team boasts players ranging in ages from 18-40. “Most of our members have college experience at the Division I, DII, and DIII level as well as MCLA experience,” Rodriguez said. Headliners include three time All-American goalie Dominic Gomez, former Army standout and Stanford defensive coordinator Carlos Trujillo and Rob Sweet, a San Jose State alum who put up four goals in the scrimmage. Rodriguez said the club is also working to establish U-18, U-15 and women’s programs.
Team Mexico headed to California-Nevada border in July for the 2008 Lake Tahoe Tournament. The 16-team tournament was the program’s first. They’re also working on a clinic in Tijuana and are considering the possibility of clinics in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Colima later the next year.
Rodriguez is setting his sights on the 2010 World Games where he hopes to compete as an ILF affiliate member. “Our next important step will be to get things established in Mexico itself. We need to meet several ILF membership requirements before being considered for affiliate status,” said Rodriguez.
Team Mexico debuted their new Kelly green uniforms at their “Kick Off Weekend.” The eagle with stick insignia hovers over the arched red and white Mexico logo. Rodriguez says he is excited to put them to work, and to prove that Mexico belongs amongst the international lacrosse community.