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End of the Season = Start of a New Journey?

Yesterday saw the NCAA Championship Final – the official curtain-closer for the 2015/16 season, bringing an official and premature end to the lacrosse careers of thousands of seniors across the US/Canada. Even for the Tar Heel champions at UNC, it will be a bitter-sweet feeling to suddenly realise that never again will they need to rise at the crack of dawn to deal with the early morning practice nor experience the camaraderie of travelling across the country with their band of brothers/sisters to face the biggest challengers in the conference. After a 4-year journey of blood, sweat and tears through the collegiate system which has demanded so much yet offered you so much more in return, this untimely termination of thousands of lacrosse careers seems brutal, harsh and unnecessarily premature. Throughout high school all you dreamed of was playing ball at college. From receiving your offer letter to becoming an[…]

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MCLA DI Tournament Updates

LTP have been at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament at University of California, Irvine this week and it’s fair to say that after a number of great opening games, the tournament is heating up in a big way! LTP Founder Sam and Student Advisor Baggie have been working the crowds and meeting the teams discussing the LTP experience with a number of already committed and future programme students and the interest in what is on offer has been much like the tournament itself – incredible! Kicking off the tournament in fine style on Monday were number 1 seed Chapman who started as they mean to continue by registering a huge 14-2 win over Purdue University. Meanwhile, number 2 seed Cal Poly dispatched Southern Methodist University (15) in similar dominating fashion 11-3 while Michigan State University (14) lost out to Grand Canyon University (3) 10-7 and Georgia Institute of Technology[…]

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LTP at The MCLA Tournament

  This week sees the MCLA National Championship Tournament where 32 teams will showcase the culmination of a season’s hard work to duke it out to decide who emerges as 2016 Division I and Division II champions. Lacrosse The Pond are a proud partner to the MCLA, offering students the opportunity to further their education and prolong their lacrosse-playing careers by undertaking a Masters Degree at world-renowned collegiate institutions over in the UK. As part of this blossoming relationship, Lacrosse The Pond will be attending the tournament all week with LTP Founder Sam Russell and Student Advisor Ravi “Baggie” Sitlani presenting to the teams and meeting with future committed LTP students as well as any other students who are interested in learning more about this incredible experience. If you’re attending the tournament, or are around the University of California – Irvine (Mon May 09 – Tue May 10) or Chapman[…]

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NEMLA Flags Final Weekend

  This weekend sees the NEMLA Flags Final Weekend where teams of all ages and across all senior divisions congregate to play their respective cup finals, the culmination of an entire season of hard work and effort. Featuring a fixture-packed schedule with 24 teams battling it out for the honour of being crowned cup champions for their age group/division, this weekend is the highlight in English club lacrosse and is sure to be well attended by fans in their droves flocking to see UK lacrosse at it’s most competitive and hard-hitting. The main spectacle for the weekend is the Senior Flags Final (which faces of at 15:00 on Sunday), and is considered to be the most prestigious lacrosse competition in the nation. The Senior Flags competition is the oldest in the UK, having first been played in 1883 as the award for the club’s battling it out in the highest[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 30/01/2016

It was a welcome return to competition for the NEMLA Premiership with big games featuring all of the current top 4 teams. League leaders Stockport maintained their 100% record with a resounding 12-1 victory away at bottom-placed Sheffield Steelers to continue in their quest for league domination, meanwhile 2nd-placed Cheadle used their home advantage to full extent, beating Brooklands 13-5. 3rd-placed Timperley continued their excellent form, hammering Wilmslow by a thumping 22-6 including a 6-goal haul from LTP student and Coquitlam Adanacs attacker Brian Gillis. Timperley sit in 4th place on 10 points, just behind Poynton who they face in 2 weeks’ time in a fixture which will have a massive impact upon the league standings come the end of the season. Timperley enjoy strong links with a number of the Manchester Universities where they assist with their coaching, and have willingly found homes for a number of LTP students in[…]

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A Unique Perspective

My name is Andrew Zehr and I am from Jackson, Mississippi, USA, and am attending Newcastle University this year to (hopefully) receive my Master’s in Engineering Geology. I currently play for Newcastle University’s lacrosse team and for the Newcastle Knights Men’s lacrosse club. Now, I don’t have the most extensive lacrosse background, coming from a state where there was only one other team to play against (the rest of our games required travel to neighboring states) and playing on a team that, for the most part, only had enough guys to fill the positions on the field. But, I quickly fell in love with the sport and taught myself how to play. This was not enough, as I found out when I went to college, as the talent there was on a much higher level than I was accustomed to playing on. So I was quickly cut from the varsity squad, but made the[…]

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NEMLA Roundup 25/1/2016

The Northern Premiership enjoyed another set of intriguing match-ups this past weekend as Premiership stalwarts Cheadle travelled up to Lancashire to visit 7th-placed Rochdale and 4th met 5th when Heaton Mersey hosted Timperley. Heaton Mersey, having not played a fixture since their disappointing loss to rivals Poynton, were eager to put their last result (and performance) behind them by registering a solid win to regain confidence and remind everyone of their undoubted potential, and fielded a full-strength team including LTP student and Rutgers Alumni Kevin Albert against their Lancashire County counterparts. Standing in their way of the 2 points were a Timperley side featuring fellow LTP’er and New England College alumni/Coquitlam Adanacs player Brian Gillis, who are enjoying a strong season thus far, only registering losses against the unbeaten Stockport and 2nd-placed Cheadle. Mersey started brightly and their attacking intent was clear for all to see from the first whistle, putting themselves[…]

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Clash of the Titans

With the league standings beginning to take shape and the big guns starting to find their rhythm and form, this weekend will see the most hotly-anticipated matchup of the season so far with current league and cup champions Spencer hosting the behemoths from across the city, Hampstead. All eyes across the SEMLA teams and fans will be at Earlsfield where this London derby game is set to explode with arguably the South’s two biggest juggernauts coming head-to-head in a clash which neither can afford to slip up in. Both Spencer and Hampstead have enjoyed enviable silverware success over the past 10 years and are seen as the hottest two outfits in the South of England. With both teams sitting on one loss to their name, neither team will want to give an inch on their rivals and we can expect a fast and hard-hitting battle from start to finish which[…]

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SEMLA Roundup 26/1/2016

  It was a typically frenetic set of fixtures in the SEMLA Premiership this weekend with arguably the key 3 league challengers battling to carve out a stranglehold in the division as well as a mid-table clash between two teams fighting to climb away from their rivals with East Grinstead visiting Hitchin. Last year’s league champions Spencer were at their Earlsfield home in South London where they faced premiership strugglers Bristol Bombers. Whilst their comparative league statures may give the impression the result would be a foregone conclusion, Bristol are renowned as producing combative performances and on their day can be a tough team to tackle, something Spencer were acutely aware of and keen to avoid at all costs. The hosts set about the fixture in typically dominating fashion and, with one eye on next week’s Clash of The Titans against fellow league hopefuls Hampstead, ensured they got their shooting[…]

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Post-College Blues?

Last week Laxallstars.com published a very valid and heartfelt article about the distinct lack of lacrosse US athletes have available to them post-college – a common feeling we hear amongst new and potential LTP students. Too often our students tell us that having endured all of the dark early morning practices, the extra pre-season running sessions, the struggle to manage the workload of college life on top of athletic commitments, the world post-college can often feel a desolate place without the outlet of playing the sport they have committed such time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into.   Starting off as children playing for the love of the game, our lacrosse experiences become increasingly competitive until the point where for many of us, lacrosse literally rules of daily lives, as well as those around us. Going from this state of “lax is life” to having nothing but a couple of[…]

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