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Bethlehem Grad Jose Gomez Playing in FIL World Championships for Peru!!!

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Netanya, Israel is along way from the Capital District, but that’s where Bethlehem High School grad Jose Gomez currently is, playing in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Worlf Championships as a member of Team Peru.  After getting his start with the game at Bethlehem, Gomez gained experience playing club lacrosse for the Beverwyck Renegades, and United Lacrosse, and also played for part of his freshman year at HVCC.  Gomez’ experience with Peru includes serving as a captain for the Heritage Cup in Providence, Rhode Island, a weekend tournament that eight nations participated in.

Jose took some time between games in Israel the event to check in with Capital District Lax.

Team Peru in Netanya, Israel

GG: How and when did you become interested in participating in Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) events?

JG: I have been looking to find a Peru national team for about 5 years. I was never able to find anything and my search kind of came to a stop. But last year during the summer I decided to pick up where I left off and looked around some more. The funny thing was that I found the National team on instagram. I sent a direct message their way and was able to get a response within an hour or so. I was told that they would be emailing me a questionnaire that would consist on playing experience and what made me Peruvian. Both of my parents are from Peru which made me eligible to play on the team.

GG: What was the selection/tryout process for Team Peru like?

JG: There were two tryouts that were held for the team. One in Florida and the other in Maryland. I went to the Maryland one which ended up being the bigger tryout. There were about 50 or so people who tried out here in the US and only 12 made the final roster. 11 players are from Arequipa, Peru. I don’t remember exactly when I was told that I made the team but I think it was early February. When I found out that I made the team I was beyond excited that the work I was putting in for the tryout paid off.

GG: Tell us a little about your preparation for the World Championships.

JG: Preparation-wise, there were not any team events at all. We are a non-profit organization so trying to get the money and the time for all of us to meet before the world games was pretty impossible. Especially for the Peru guys. Everyone on the team trained on their own. We are all scattered across the US. Most of the players played in Men’s league to get ready. I got ready by playing pick up box lacrosse at the Bethlehem YMCA and just doing stuff on my own time.



GG: What do you see as Team Peru’s strengths, and what areas of play present the biggest opportunities to improve as a Team?

JG: I see that our chemistry as a team is a huge strength for us. Even though we only had 3 days to practice as a team we all clicked in those 3 days. If we can all continue to talk it up defensively and keep the ball moving quick on offense then we should be fine for the rest of the games.

GG: While you live in New York’s Capital Region, what are your thoughts on the importance of the Team’s participation in the World Championships to the growth of the game in Peru?

First Win!!!

JG: I think the fact that Peru has a team in these world games is huge for the country. The sport had been in the country for about 8 years and it continues to grow. The people in Peru will look up to the national team no matter how we do. But the fact that we are a part of the world games is already a huge step for Peru.

GG: Other than the games you will be playing in, do you have any other plans for your trip to Israel?

JG: While here in Israel I am hoping that we get that chance to visit the Holy City, Jerusalem. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity getting a chance to see everything that Jerusalem has to offer. I’m also quite excited that we will be having a meet and greet with the Iroquois Nationals at some point during these games. They are excited to meet us and we are all excited to meet them all as well. They gave us all the game of lacrosse and we all look up to them, including myself since their style of play is like no other.

GG: After your return from the World’s, what is up next for you in lacrosse?

JG: Once I return from Worlds I will continue doing pick up box lacrosse and training on my own. There are many more games that Peru wants to be a part of in the future and I want to be as ready as I can be for them. I’m not sure what my plans are for the fall and such. Still trying to figure out what my future plans will be and what I am going to do with my life so I will be taking things one step at a time.

For more info on the FIL World Championships visit: FIL Fan Hub

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Gary Govel
Gary has been involved in lacrosse in the Capital District for over 35 years as a player, youth coach, program administrator, parent, and fan. Gary launched www.capitaldistrictlax.com in November 2015 to report on lacrosse news and information of interest to the region, and to share his passion for the game. In addition to operating this site and associated social media, Gary is also a contributor to Inside Lacrosse.
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