COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jamie Lasda, who recently completed her sophomore season with the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, will compete for Latvia in the upcoming Women’s World Championship. The tournament, which includes 30 teams, is being held in Towson, Md., with games at Unitas Stadium, Lower Field and Tiger Field.
Latvia is part of Pool C. The country was set to face Uganda in its first game Thursday, but Uganda is unable to attend because of challenges in the visa procurment process and had to forfeit its games. The squad will take on Jamaica at 1 p.m. Saturday, Germany at 9 a.m. Sunday and Wales at 2 p.m. Monday.
Lasda, from Ithaca, N.Y., is a dual citizen of the United States and Latvia. This is the third world championship appearance for the country, with 17th-place finishes in 2013 and ‘17.
Her brothers, Eli and Riley, both played for Latvia in the 2014 men’s world championship and are in Maryland this week to cheer on the team. Her cousin Gretchen is the head coach of the 2022 Latvian women’s team, with another cousin, Rachel, an assistant coach. Both Gretchen and Rachel were player/coaches in 2013 and Rachel also served the same roles in 2017 for the country.
As a sophomore in 2022, Lasda led the Buckeyes with 35 goals and finished second with 43 points, playing in all 16 games and starting 15. She had six games with three or more goals, including a six-goal outing vs. Mount St. Mary’s March 12 and a five-goal day at Duquesne March 10. An environment, economy, development and sustainability major, Lasda is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.