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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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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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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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SEMLA Club Roundup 18/01

With 1st-placed Hillcroft’s game being postponed this weekend, this was the perfect opportunity for the chasing pack of Spencer, Blues and Hampstead to reduce the deficit and make up ground on the league leaders, all of whom did so in style! In the Battle of the Capitals, London-based Hampstead dispatched their Welsh counter-parts, Cardiff Harlequins, 18-4 in a dominant display to remind all around them of their potency and ensure they are still very much in the title race despite their current points trail, a result which extends their win total to 4 for 1 loss. Across the city, Premiership stalwarts Spencer carried on where they left off last week by hammering their visitors East Grinstead by 13-6. Despite the away team leading the game 4-3 at first quarter time, Spencer rallied in the 2nd to lead 7-4 at half-time and won the second half 6-2 to continue their win-streak which[…]

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English Club Lacrosse Roundup 7/12/2015

Despite much of the UK being struck by Storm Desmond bringing strong gales and even floods in some areas, a number of huge games were played in both the North and the South this weekend affecting the top and bottom teams in the leagues. In the Northern Premiership, Heaton Mersey and LTP student/Rutgers alumni Kevin Albert returned to action and to winning ways, dispatching Wilmslow at their home ground with a 11-3 victory to take them to 5th-place and equal on points with Timperley. Timperley’s game (featuring LTP student and Coquitlam Adanacs shorty Bryan Gillis) was marred with controversy when they faced Cheadle away. Despite Cheadle leading throughout the match, Timperley were mounting a comeback, scoring three consecutive goals to reduce the deficit and turn the momentum strongly in Timperley’s favour when, with there still being 12 minutes left in the game, the whistle was blown and the game was[…]

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BUCS Rundown 25/11/15

This Wednesday saw a number of huge games in the BUCS University Lacrosse competitions featuring a number of the LTP student-base. Competing for the BUCS Men’s Trophy, LTP student Andrew Zehr helped his Newcastle side to a thumping 18-2 victory, grabbing 5 ground balls, 1 goal and an impressive 8 assists – team player! Meanwhile LTP student and Scranton alumni Doug Homan, despite recording a 100% face-off success and scoring 6 goals, couldn’t stop his Manchester Met side from losing 14-11 to Edinburgh. In the BUCS Premier South Division, Cardiff beat Southampton 10-1 and Bath beat Bristol 12-5. LTP students and LIU Post Alumni’s Mike Pritouris and Justin Watson enjoyed a week off from games to concentrate on their studies! In the BUCS Premier North Division, considered to be the elite league for university lacrosse in England, there were 3 huge matches all of which featured members of the LTP[…]

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Mike Pristouris: The LTP Experience

Hi everyone, My name is Michael Pristouris and I am from Danbury, Connecticut. I am currently studying at the University of Exeter receiving my MSc Degree in Marketing in one year. If you’ve never heard of Exeter, I’ll give you a quick description. It’s awarded sports university of the year as well as ranked 93rd in the world academically. It’s also located in southern England and is only a 2 hour train ride from London. Before I was here, I studied at LIU Post (formally known as CW Post) where I played Division II lacrosse. Lacrosse The Pond (LTP) came to inform us of this great opportunity my first year there. It was always in the back of my mind in case something went wrong with my five year plan I originally had. Once I got to the point of graduating, I looked more into the opportunity to study across[…]

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