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Ten nations set to compete at PALA Sixes Cup in Kingston, Jamaica 

The games on field one from the Sixes Cup will be streamed by Next Level Sports & Entertainment, accessible here. Standings, schedule (including field designations) and rosters for all teams can be found here

Starting Thursday, the Pan-American Lacrosse Association and the Jamaica Lacrosse Association will host the PALA Sixes Cup in Kingston, Jamaica, with 15 total teams representing 10 nations competing in the men’s and women’s competition.  

The JLA is staging the event for the first time, marking the first international lacrosse tournament hosted by a Caribbean nation. PALA is hosting its second Sixes Cup after it was first held in 2021 in Florida in the United States. 

The men’s competition will feature Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in addition to two teams from Jamaica. The women’s competition features Argentina, Haudenosaunee, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Brazil is a first-time participant in the event after becoming a member of World Lacrosse early this year. 

Both tournaments are split into two pools, and teams will compete in pool play games on November 9 and 10 before the top two seeds from each pool advance to the semifinals and medal games on November 11.  

The competing teams will showcase some of the best talent in the region in the fast-paced sixes format, with numerous players with World Lacrosse championship experience.  

Jamaica is competing with two teams, and the Jamaica Gold team will include many of the players who led the country to a historic top-eight finish at the 2023 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship, led by Josh McLaughlin, Isaac Newland, Tony Diallo and Clifford Kurker.  

Mexico and Puerto Rico’s men’s teams also have returning talent from this year’s men’s championship, highlighted by William Cabrera and Matthew Murakami for Mexico, and Joshua Balarcel and Matthew Chlastawa for Puerto Rico.  

Brazil has appointed a woman as its first head coach of the men’s national team, helping to break barriers and gender bias. Cristina Vélez – a Spanish-American athlete, coach and lacrosse professional – is helping to pave the way for more women in the sport. She spent time developing lacrosse in Brazil during a visit in 2022 as part of the International Federation and later in 2023 as a volunteer. She is believed to be the first women to serve as head coach of a men’s national lacrosse team during an international tournament.

The Haudenosaunee women’s roster is full of standouts who competed last month at the Super Sixes competition in Canada and the sixes competition at The World Games 2022, led by Paige Crandall, Lois Garlow, Jalyn Jimerson and Fawn Porter.  

Argentina, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico all are rostering players who competed at the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship. Argentina is led by two of its top point scorers in Mercedes Oneil and Gretta White, as is Jamaica in Elishia Davis and Kara-Jade Gordon.  

Mexico and Puerto Rico both finished in the top 15 in the final standings at the 2022 Women’s Championship. Mexico’s standout attacking talent will be back in action in Isabel Szejk and Daniela Eppler, as well as goalkeeper Zoe Ochoa. Puerto Rico boasts a trio of high-powered scorers in Sky and Bri Carrasquillo, and Delaney Rodriguez-Shaw. 

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