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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 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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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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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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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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