Last August, the Latvian National Team held a tryout camp, bringing in almost fifty players from all over the country and even the United States. If the multiplayer experience and skills allowed the coaches to take a unanimous decision, then in many cases, the coaches needed to figure out which players will qualify for the 2016 European Championships.
By participating in lacrosse and physical fitness training, the players had a chance to improve their game in every aspect. The training process gave the desired results, which showed in early spring in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. This is where the Three Nations Tournament is held, with just three participating countries: Norway, Netherlands, and Latvia. Latvia showed remarkable performances in both outings vs. the other nations. Individual performances in the Berlin Open and the spring scrimmages against Norway and Netherlands helped make the final roster decision that will be representing Latvia in Budapest for the European Championships.
Preparation for the European Championships includes three stages. The first stage was this weekend ( July 2 to 3 ) in Saldus/Druva. Players who did not get invited to play on the National Team also had the chance to participate in this camp.
Final roster for 2016 European Championships:
Attack: Chris Zariņš, Artūrs Krastiņš, Eli Lasda, Ģirts Sproģis, Kaspars Rudzinskis, Valts Dārznieks
Midfield: Gatis Zeps, Gļebs Šupenko, Gints Gūtmanis, Mason Gorman, Kārlis Trankalis, Andrew Doktor, Ronalds Zaumanis, Miks Stabulnieks, Aleksis Kerno
Defense: Jurģis Pučka, Riley Lasda, Krišjānis Volfs, David Salter, Toms Kaktiņš, Toms Biders
Goalie: Christopher Doktor, Kristaps Lācis
Coaches: Kaspars Stabulnieks, Pauls Dzintars Kalniņš, Robert Delorimiere, Max Silberecht