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 family. Alex Russell, LTP Founder Sam’s younger brother, led his Nottingham team to a 10-2 victory over Leeds Beckett whereas Rutgers alumni Kevin Albert and his Manchester Uni side drew 9-9 with Nottingham Trent.
The game of the week though was to be found in the North-East where Durham hosted Loughborough. Durham have finished top of their division every year since their inception 7 years ago and have won 6 out of 7 national championship in that time. Durham boast a wealth of American and Canadian masters students including players from a range of DI and DIII colleges including Colgate, Wagner and Drew to name a few as well as internationally-experienced players with members of the current England national team. LTP stalwart and Syracuse alumni Jovan Miller posted a dominating 7 ground balls and 3 assists for his Loughborough side, but couldn’t stem the tide and Durham eventually emerged as 10-7 victors. With this being the lowest number of goals Durham have scored in a game for the past 6 years, this was a hotly-contested battle and despite Loughorough going 4-1 up, Durham’s enviable talent and experience shone through to take home the win. This was a fantastic demonstration of incredibly hard-fought lacrosse and serves as the perfect insight into the ever-growing standard and ability of English university lacrosse.