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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 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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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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