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SEMLA Club Lacrosse Roundup 14/12/2015

This weekend in the Southern Premiership, there were a number of huge battles at both the top and bottom of the league with undefeated win streaks being broken and several teams making a push towards the top of the league going into their Christmas break. At the top of the table, London-based Hillcroft continued their fine form with a 14-4 victory at home to Bristol Bombers to ensure they go into the Christmas break as league leaders with Bristol just 3 points off from bottom spot, where Purley remain having been resoundingly beaten 22 – 0 at home against East Grinstead. This result means East Grinstead will leap-frog Walcountian Blues into 6th-place on goal difference, with Blues beating Cardiff Harlequins 11-7 at home to take them within 1 point of the team from the Welsh capital with a game in hand on them. Over in Berkshire, 3rd-placed Reading Wildcats hosted[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 14/12/15

In a weekend where much of the UK was struck by Storm Desmond leaving several Northern towns and cities flooded and in a national state of emergency,  it was a surprise that any lacrosse games were able to be played whatsoever, however Sheffield Steelers with their 4G astro turf pitch and fantastic facilities at Sheffield Hallum University sports grounds, managed to play the only Northern Premiership game of the weekend, hosting 5th-placed Brooklands in a tie they needed to win to get themselves off the bottom spot of the table. Unfortunately for Sheffield, they couldn’t stem the tide of their pre-Christmas form and Brooklands made it two wins in a row, emerging as 10 – 6 victors. This takes Brooklands up to 4th-place however with 10 games played so far, they have at least 3 games more than the teams below them, meaning as and when these fixtures are caught[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Roundup 7/12/2015

Despite much of the UK being struck by Storm Desmond bringing strong gales and even floods in some areas, a number of huge games were played in both the North and the South this weekend affecting the top and bottom teams in the leagues. In the Northern Premiership, Heaton Mersey and LTP student/Rutgers alumni Kevin Albert returned to action and to winning ways, dispatching Wilmslow at their home ground with a 11-3 victory to take them to 5th-place and equal on points with Timperley. Timperley’s game (featuring LTP student and Coquitlam Adanacs shorty Bryan Gillis) was marred with controversy when they faced Cheadle away. Despite Cheadle leading throughout the match, Timperley were mounting a comeback, scoring three consecutive goals to reduce the deficit and turn the momentum strongly in Timperley’s favour when, with there still being 12 minutes left in the game, the whistle was blown and the game was[…]

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BUCS Rundown 3/1/15

As ever, Wednesday in university in the UK means sports day, which ultimately means another game of lacrosse for our LTP students! This week we saw top of the table battles for supremacy as well as bottom of the league struggles for survival in another frantic week of university lacrosse. This week, in an ongoing battle to get away from the bottom place in the Men’s Premier North league, Rutgers alumni and 15/16 LTP Student Kevin Albert’s University of Manchester side faced Leeds Beckett at home in the fixture known as “The War of The Roses”. With the game living up to it’s name and reputation, this was a battle from start to finish with the lead changing hands several times over. Unfortunately for Kevin and the Manchester side, the thrilling end-to-end encounter finished as a 10-9 victory for the visitors from Yorkshire, leaving the Uni of Manchester team at the[…]

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New Jersey to Manchester, A Doug Homan Perspective

Hey Guys, My name is Doug Homan and I’m from Manasquan, NJ. I am currently getting my masters at Manchester Metropolitan in International Business Management. I play for Poynton Lacrosse Club (Go Blackbirds!). I had a little different experience than most of the guys in the LTP program as I have worked in England before. Back in 2012, I was the Local Development Officer (LDO) in Sheffield, working for the English Lacrosse Association. My job was to assist in coaching the Sheffield Steeler’s U11-U19 teams while going into local primary and secondary schools to ‘spread the word’ of lacrosse to encourage students to play the game we all love. While coaching, I was also lucky enough to play with a great group of guys on their senior team. When I first started, I couldn’t believe that these English guys played about the same schedule as most European soccer teams by[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Update 30/11/15

  This weekend saw a number of fixtures ravaged by inclemental weather thanks to a huge storm taking over much of England – one of the pitfalls with playing lax as a Winter sport! In the Northern Premiership, the only game to survive the weather was to be found in Sale, Manchester, where Brooklands hosted league leaders Stockport. Stockport took full advantage of the opportunity to put themselves further ahead in the title race by registering a dominating 12-4 victory away from home. Stockport, coached by LTP’s own Ravi K Sitlani (Baggie), now sit 8 points clear at the top of the Premiership table having played 2 games more than the chasing pack, scoring the highest number of goals (134) and conceding the second lowest (42). With Stockport not scheduled to play next week, 2nd placed Cheadle will be looking to reduce that 8-point deficit, but standing in their way will[…]

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BUCS Rundown 25/11/15

This Wednesday saw a number of huge games in the BUCS University Lacrosse competitions featuring a number of the LTP student-base. Competing for the BUCS Men’s Trophy, LTP student Andrew Zehr helped his Newcastle side to a thumping 18-2 victory, grabbing 5 ground balls, 1 goal and an impressive 8 assists – team player! Meanwhile LTP student and Scranton alumni Doug Homan, despite recording a 100% face-off success and scoring 6 goals, couldn’t stop his Manchester Met side from losing 14-11 to Edinburgh. In the BUCS Premier South Division, Cardiff beat Southampton 10-1 and Bath beat Bristol 12-5. LTP students and LIU Post Alumni’s Mike Pritouris and Justin Watson enjoyed a week off from games to concentrate on their studies! In the BUCS Premier North Division, considered to be the elite league for university lacrosse in England, there were 3 huge matches all of which featured members of the LTP[…]

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LTP Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from LTP! On Saturday, LTP held a celebratory early Thanksgiving dinner for our students and families held at a restaurant outside of Manchester. After a lovely turkey dinner was enjoyed by all and a moment taken to reflect upon and share some of the things we are all grateful for, the guys took turns to share a few stories of their time over in the UK and discuss what had surprised them about their experiences so far. These stories included surprise at how welcoming and friendly the British had been, how high and competitive the standard of lacrosse is across the pond and the drinking and partying habits and the similarities between the two cultures! After sharing dinner and drinks on the Saturday, a number of the current students joined LTP Founder Sam Russell and Camp Director Mike Bartlett in journeying into Manchester the following day to visit[…]

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Mike Pristouris: The LTP Experience

Hi everyone, My name is Michael Pristouris and I am from Danbury, Connecticut. I am currently studying at the University of Exeter receiving my MSc Degree in Marketing in one year. If you’ve never heard of Exeter, I’ll give you a quick description. It’s awarded sports university of the year as well as ranked 93rd in the world academically. It’s also located in southern England and is only a 2 hour train ride from London. Before I was here, I studied at LIU Post (formally known as CW Post) where I played Division II lacrosse. Lacrosse The Pond (LTP) came to inform us of this great opportunity my first year there. It was always in the back of my mind in case something went wrong with my five year plan I originally had. Once I got to the point of graduating, I looked more into the opportunity to study across[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Roundup 21/11/15

This weekend saw a number of big matches in the Northern Premiership with all of the top four playing one another. League leaders Stockport maintained their impressive 100% win ratio by beating fourth-placed Heaton Mersey (and current LTP student Kevin Albert) 13-5 meanwhile LTP students Doug Homan & Jovan Miller (2G, 1A) helped Poynton beat Cheadle 8-7 to move into third-place with a 4-2 record so far having already played Cheadle both home and away and Stockport away.With Poynton playing Stockport on the final day of the season, this could well be a fixture which has a huge say in the outcome of this year’s title race and will certainly be one to watch out for. The only other game in the Northern Premiership in a weather-ravaged weekend was at Rochdale where the hosts lost 8-9 to their Lancashire rivals Brooklands with the winner coming in the last few seconds[…]

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