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Copa de España

  Friday 14th October saw me rise early to catch a flight from Manchester to Madrid for my first trip as Head Coach of the Spain Men’s National Lacrosse Team, attending the Copa de España. Held in Cuenca, a beautiful city 100 miles outside of Madrid set in the hills of Castilla-La Mancha, the Copa de España is the pre-eminent tournament in Spanish lacrosse which sees teams from all over the country assemble to battle it out for the honour of becoming the much-coveted national tournament champions. With 7 men’s teams made up from major cities including Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cuenca, Gijon, Madrid, Salamanca and Sevilla, the tournament was a display of Spanish passion, pride and potential and the games were hard-fought and fast-paced throughout. Arriving early morning in Madrid, I met with the Team Spain Captain and one of the team’s defenders and was given a whistle-stop walking tour[…]

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European Lacrosse Championship Day 7 Predications: Quarter Final Carnage!

Today sees the start of the knockout rounds for the 2016 European Championships with quarter-finals being played between Team England Men’s Lacrosse vs Swiss Lacrosse Federation, Finnish National Lacrosse Teams vs Lacrosse Scotland, Wales National Lacrosse Team vs Netherlands and Israel Lacrosse vs Deutschland Lacrosse We take a look at each quarter-final and give you our predictions for what will be a great day of lacrosse for the fans to savour! England – Switzerland Switzerland have played a great tournament so far and have been one of the competition’s surprise packages, only dropping points against a very strong Israel side. Having put Sweden to the sword en route to making the quarters, Switzerland will be coming in strong and full of the confidence they will need against the tournament favourites, England. England started strongly against Germany, battled their way through a challenging battle against Latvia and have breezed their way[…]

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European Championships Day 5 Overview and Pool Play Preview

Monday saw the penultimate day of the pool play rounds of the tournament and with everything to play for with all teams pushing for the top two spots in their group which will take them through to the fabled finals, the fans were treated to some huge displays and big performances across the day. Ireland opened the day up in style, racking up a 17-5 win against Denmark with Switzerland quickly following suit on the opposing pitch with a 15-5 rout against Belgium. Israel kept a clean sheet in a 12-0 win against Slovenia while Scotland continued with their 100% win record with a dominant 16-1 defeat of Austria. England kicked the afternoon games off in blistering fashion, rocketing to a 27-1 mauling of tournament hosts Hungary with Finland also keeping their opposition down to 1 goal with a 21-1 victory against Russia. Despite a brave Spanish rally with La[…]

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European Championship Day 3 Overview & Day 4 Predictions

Saturday proved to be another thriller of a day at the Euros with a number of tightly-contested battles across the different groups. Switzerland were the big winners of the day, breezing their way past Slovenia with a monstrous 23-1 demolition. Meanwhile, tournament favourites Team England Men’s Lacrosse continued their 100% win ratio with a huge 17-2 win against the Czech Republic. Scotland also maintained their perfect record, scoring 2 in the last 5 minutes to pip Norway to a 12-10 victory in a game in which the lead changed hands continuously throughout. Germany asserted their authority over Italy with a dominating 15-2 win whilst Poland followed suit with a 10-3 win over France. Latvia bounced back from their defeat against England with a confidence-boosting 15-2 hammering of Hungary and Austria made light work of their Danish opponents, winning 15-7 in a game which they led from start to finish. Russia[…]

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European Championships Day 2 Overview & Day 3 Predictions

Another huge day here at the European Championships and as expected, the day was filled with huge results and some ridiculous scorelines across the board. We start with our home nation and the hot tournament favourites, England who had to endure a challenging and gruelling battle against a strong, solid and steadfast Latvia side who were hyped prior to the tournament and look good value to cause a few upsets along the way. Latvia roared into a 3-2 first quarter lead and lead 5-e at half-time before England enjoyed a resurgent third quarter to take a 1-goal lead into the final 20 minutes at 9-8. Both teams repeatedly traded blows throughout the game and this pattern continued into the last quarter when England showed their class and confidence to see out the challenge and finish the game as 13-10 victors, a result which sees them take their 100% record into[…]

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European Championships Day 1 Overview

WHAT A DAY! The 2016 European Championships opened with a bang today – unfortunately for the players the bang came from the thunder and lightning brought into town in the form of a huge storm which massively affected the opening day’s battles across the board. Thankfully, the organisers were on hand working hard to get the tournament back on track and after shifting the games around and switching pitches, all of the games were played and as expected, there was some HUGE results from all corners of Europe. Starting with our predicted game of the day, England set about sending a message to the rest of the competition that they were here and that they meant business and despite taking their foot of the gas in the second half, racked up a statement result with a 16-6 drubbing of old rivals and tournament challengers Germany. This was a timely reminder[…]

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European Lacrosse Championships 2016 Preview

Tomorrow (Thursday 28/07) sees the start of the 2016 European Lacrosse Championship, held in Budapest, Hungary, and here at Lacrosse The Pond HQ we are pumped!!! With the tournament being held every 4 years for the European juggernauts to battle it out see who reigns supreme across the Atlantic, the European Championships are regarded by many to be the pinnacle of lacrosse for the participating nations and this year’s tournament features a record 24 teams attending what will undoubtedly be a fantastic festival of fast and furious lacrosse. With the old guard of England and Germany looking to keep newcomers Israel at bay as well as the welcome introduction of the host nation of Hungary and the much-anticipated return of Denmark lacrosse (who have left a Viking-shaped hole in all of our lacrosse lives since their last tournament in 2010), this will be a competition full of thrills and the[…]

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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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