Maine Maritime Academy Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Will Mraz led the Czech Republic Women's National Team to a 10th place finish at the FIL Rathbones Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the team's highest finish in program history.
A field of 25 nations competed for the title of World Lacrosse Champions. The Czech Republic went 5-3, to set Czech World Cup records in wins, goals (105, 13.2 gpg), assists, and a number of other categories including fewest goals allowed (7.25). The team's five wins came against China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Haudenosaunee Nation, as well as a victory over Ireland for the first time in program history.
"I'd like to extend a special thanks to my assistant coaches Simona Baráková and Tierney Larson, Manager Jana Palajíčková and our Physiotherapist Konias Wildblunt for keeping us all on track and focused on our job here, and to all those at home in the Czech Republic who for years have driven Czech Women's Lacrosse and have made this all possible," said Mraz.
Coach Mraz and the team scrimmaged the eventual World Cup Champion USA team before their first game against China.
"This has been a most amazing experience that I will never forget," added Mraz.