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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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Hutch Does Europe

Well it’s been a while since I have written but for the most part, it was for good reason. As the semester came to a break, plans for Christmas and New Year’s – might as well mention my 23rd birthday – were in full force. Break began with one last game for Poynton before we were off for 5 weeks in which we played a fantastic, all-around team game for the win to propel us into the New Year.  From there, I had two things to do before the fun began: finish a paper and pack –neither of which I enjoy.  As you can guess, I got both done “just in time” because what kid doesn’t want to travel the world. Finally, time for our version of EuroTrip. Started off the excursion flying to Brussels, Belgium with Blake and Jeff (two American LDO’s) and got to our hostel. Let me just set the record straight, for those of you[…]

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Markets in Manchester

Wow. I cannot believe my first term in England is almost over and I leave for Christmas break so soon! It honestly feels like I just flew in from Boston yesterday! First term at Loughborough University has been such an amazing ride, I’m not really sure I want it to end yet. I’m still in a of bit shock I ended up where I am. I have an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and wanted to continue to study in that area so I accepted an offer to Loughborough University. If you’re wondering how to pronounce that don’t ask my roomie, Annie, another LTP student (it’s “Luff-brah” by the way!). For those of you who don’t know, Loughborough is known worldwide for sport. This is what really attracted me to the school. The opportunity to study and learn from some of the best researchers in the world AND play lacrosse[…]

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Lacrosse The Pond Thanksgiving

So 2014 Thanksgiving, what are we at LTP thankful for this year? So many things sprang to mind as we sat down for our 4th LTP Thanksgiving Meal. Was it our families and great friends, our health and happiness? Was it our amazing sport, Lacrosse, that has brought us so much in life? Was it the amazing venue (upperhouse, hayfield) that Alistair Hodgson arranged for us, or the amazing food that Liz Hodgson, Jill & Christie Mearns had spent the whole day preparing? Was it the Game of Thrones feel as we sat in the big hall to dine, or the fact we had our LTP students together to give thanks for them and all they bring to our organization? I think the face is its a little bit of all the above and the beautiful energy that surrounded us was what we all gave thanks for!! In an evening[…]

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LTP Lacrosse Tour – Berlin Open June 4th – 9th

Lacrosse The Pond isn’t just a 12 month program; it’s a family. We have many exciting opportunities on the horizon for all current and past LTP members, with the planning for our first ever “LTP Lacrosse Tour” in full swing. The LTP Family will be entering into the Berlin Open 2015 and playing against a high standard of lacrosse against many American, European and UK touring teams and we invite YOU! If you’re a past or present LTP’er, or close to the LTP family, get involved! It promises to be something you won’t want to miss. Berlin is one of the most exciting and cultural cities in Europe, so not only will we be playing in a three day Lacrosse tournament, but also touring and visiting some of the best sights Berlin has to offer. Visiting new cultural experiences to historical monuments, all sandwiched between Brewery tours and sampling the[…]

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Easy Travels in the UK

One of the great things about going to grad school in England through Lacrosse the Pond is how easy it is to travel throughout the United Kingdom, and the rest of Europe. Last month I was able to meet my parents in Copenhagen, Denmark for a great weekend. Due to my flexible class schedule (I don’t have classes on Friday’s) I was able to take an early flight on Friday morning and get to Copenhagen by the afternoon. Upon arrival I met up with my mom at a cool little restaurant located on right on the canal with a solid view of all the painted buildings that Copenhagen is known for. That night I joined my parents, and my dads company, for a great tour of Copenhagen on a canal boat on our way to an awesome meal, in what I’m pretty sure was a furniture store. The next day[…]

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Life and Lacrosse in Plymouth

It has been a little over a month since my arrival in Plymouth, United Kingdom and I am absolutely loving it. After about 12 hours of traveling, I arrived in Bristol and was greeted by Sam Russell. I was exhausted and quite nervous to be honest, but Sam made me feel more comfortable for the massive change I was embarking on. A two hour drive to Plymouth followed and I was basically falling asleep with my eyes open…wasn’t a very good driving companion for Sam. When arriving at my flat, I was greeted by my flat-mate and teammate Natasha. I noticed the flat was quite small from what I am used to in America, but it is an adorable place. Next came lunch and the portions sizes are so small compared to the States (probably better off that way). After lunch, as much as I wanted to shower and pass[…]

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LTP Hits the American East Coast

Lacrosse The Pond travelled to the American east coast recently and attended the 2014 Northeast Classic – Face off against Cancer for the 3rd year running. This year LTP founder Sam Russell, and LTP mentor, Ravi K. Sitlani made the trip. The purpose, to attend and support the Face Off, spread the LTP word, attend meetings with high profile university lacrosse programs, and to form some good allies to help us promote LTP in the USA. On a wet and windy Manchester morning the LTP roadshow began. We checked in for our Lufthansa flight, this was not a logistics error on LTPs part, but was the most suitable flight to give us maximum time in the USA. However, heading east before we went west was a little soul destroying to see on the inflight screen display. We reached Boston and as we had imagined, we hit post work rush hour traffic. After eventually getting[…]

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