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January Shenanigans

Before I get into anything, I’m going to go ahead and name myself the dark horse of the competition for best LTP blogger of the 2014 season. I’ll let Tom and Mike squabble with each other at the top of the totem pole, while I swoop around them to win in the end. Shots have officially been fired from all ends. Also one thing Mike left out in his blog post about NYE in London. We had, hands down, the best kabob ever. The moment it graced our taste buds we agreed that it transcended all levels of sobriety. Unfortunately there’s no picture of this kabob since we were to busy engulfing the thing whole. Another thing too, here’s a picture of the run down hostel we stayed at the first night, along with some other pictures of London. Since London, we’ve been kicking back in Manchester, with Tom coming[…]

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A New Years Eve in London

It seems to me we have all figured out whose on top of the LTP blogging totempole, with Tom taking shots at me with the last blog. It feels awful lonely at the top though. Anyway New Years Eve, what an awesome time. Alberto and I headed down to London for the event and we had a great time. I flew in the 29th and you could say that the first hostel we stayed at was a step above a piece of cardboard under an overpass. The main features were the holes in the walls of the bathroom that you saw right through, the fact that it was located on the top of a run down pub in the middle of an industrial park and our least favorite roommate, the black cat. I Would guesstimate that we were there for a total of 9 hours before we left and found this gem[…]

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LTP’s First Ever Lacrosse Camp

LTP held their first camp recently at Poynton Sports Club and were nice enough to let me help out.  The morning started out with some introductions from camp director Tom Gallon and LTP founder Sam Russell, followed by a warm-up and some skill work.  Jak Wawrzyniak of Providence College and I took the older guys, the U14s and U16s, while Sam, Tom and Alberto took the young guns.  After a solid morning session, prizes were handed out for creativity and hard work.  I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the pass that won the creativity prize.  Some kind of between the legs/off the wall/behind the back/around the world… whatever it was, it was impressive. After a healthy and nutritious lunch, Sam, James Shaw and myself took the older guys to a muddy English pitch to work on some team concepts.  The session ended in some epic braveheart battles and[…]

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Lacrosse Life in St. Andrews

  I can’t believe it’s been 3 months in the UK. I arrived in St Andrews on September 11, it’s going so fast!  I remember when I first arrived, on the second day, I went out exploring with my flatmate and we saw a crowd.  We went over to go check and see what all the commotion was about.  It was none other than Hillary. Yes, Hillary Clinton.  I had the pleasure of seeing Hillary make her way out after receiving her Honorary Doctorate from St Andrews. Pretty cool! Classes have been underway, and time is flying by. I had the opportunity to go abseiling (aka rappelling) in Dunkeld, which was a blast.  I have also had the opportunity to go to Edinburgh and see the Christmas market and visit the castle, as well as visit Sitrling and Glasgow.  I also played in a mixed tournament in addition to the regular[…]

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The English Cheat Sheet

Day 84, food supplies low, temperature dropping and the clock is winding down. With only 2 weeks left until I head home for the holidays there is just too much to do. Still need to eat curry (its classified as an Indian dish but is just as much a part of English culture) and head on over the Christmas markets again even though last time I had a German sausage, pulled pork sandwich, some mini Dutch pancake things and a Mortadella Panini that I’m still digesting from last week. Which was an awesome time by the way, went with Alberto and my course mates for some great food after a chilled day at the pub. Check out the picture below. I Figured since our last “bloggers” used some English lingo I would give y’all the “Mike DeNapoli English Cheat Sheet ™” Mates = “friends”: I’ll be at the pub with[…]

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Life and Lacrosse in Manchester

We’re about two and a half months in and it’s been a great time so far.  As soon as the flight landed, we hit the ground running and time has been flying by. I’ve been playing on Saturdays for Poynton Lacrosse Club, which is slightly outside of Manchester.  Our first game was the first weekend here and after a small learning curve we’ve put ourselves into third place in the top league in Manchester. During the week I’m also attending Manchester Met with my two roommates Alberto, who posted earlier, and Mike who you’ll hear from soon.  This past Wednesday we won our first cup game, taking down the undefeated Nottingham Trent.  The schoolwork here is a little different than what I’ve been used to.  I’m working on my masters in food innovation and each class only has two assignments that make up the entire grade.  It can be a[…]

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I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore

It’s more than two months now into the LTP experience here in Newcastle upon Tyne, and everything is in full swing.  Aside from lacrosse, I’m making headway in my Masters Degree in Sociology at Newcastle University.  The University has a great international mix in our program, both in faculty and student body.  While it definitely took some getting used to the Geordie accents of the North East, everything is going swimmingly now that I’m settled in.  The University staff has been more than accommodating to make sure the transition to both post graduate life and life in England as smooth as possible.  As for the lacrosse side of things, the opportunities afforded to me in Newcastle couldn’t be better.  Not only do I have a chance to coach and play for Newcastle University during the week, I get to be a part of the Newcastle Knights Lacrosse Club.  Both teams[…]

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2 Months In…

It’s been about 2 months since i’ve arrived and it’s been one hell of a time so far. Coming from sunny San Diego, it’s taken some time to get used to the everyday cold cloudy days. Right off the bat, during the drive to the house, I could definitely feel the English vibe of the city, or at least the differences between US and UK cities. What ended up working out pretty nicely is that two other LTP students are also studying at the same university, Manchester Metropolitan University. We also have a ’13 LTP student who is living with us until he flies back to the states at the end of November, so it’s been a full house since I’ve been here. Everyone we’ve met so far, from both uni and club teams have been really friendly.  The time that we’ve been out, have been a blast, and the city[…]

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The LTP Experience On Film

Check out this fantastic new 90 second snap shop of what your LTP Experience ca be like while studying, living and playing lacrosse in the UK. Huge Thanks to Guy Ellis for Producing this video check out some of his other videos  at: http://www.guyellis.co.uk/ or visit his facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ThatVidGuy?fref=ts

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LTP Student Wins the Yorkshire Cup

  Sheffield University: Road to Victory The day commenced at the Goodwin 3G field. After a tired warm up Uni took to the field to face the first opponents of the day, Yorkshire Select. A quick start from the Tanger boys gave us a 1-0 lead after the first minute, as Dave Watson capitalized on a fluid fast break. Yorkshire then battled their way back into the game to tie at halftime. With the game plan to dominate possession for the Uni lads patience was key, this resulted in another two goals to round off the match 3-1 in Sheffield Uni’s favour. Next up, Steelers. Steelers looked keen and ready for the game but once again the Uni defense lead by Tim Blower was difficult to break down with Rich Parsons (LTP ’13), Josh Hurry, Tommy Kirkland and Ollie Barrett shutting them down to only 1 goal in the game.[…]

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