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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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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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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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