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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 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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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 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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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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NEMLA Club Roundup 18/01

With the winds of winter striking across the country, several of the scheduled English club games games were postponed this week due to frozen pitches. However, the heat of the Northern Premiership competition was enough to melt the snow away in the two arguably biggest games of the weekend, with Wilmslow hosting Rochdale in their fight for top-level survival and Poynton welcoming Heaton Mersey in a match which could go to some distance in deciding the final standings toward the top of the table. Following their disappointing loss against fellow Premiership strugglers Sheffield Steelers last week, Wilmslow came into this weekend desperately needing a win to ensure they didn’t slip to the bottom of the table. Rochdale, who hadn’t played a competitive game for over 5 weeks, were equally as eager to register a W having been unable to take full points from a match since their 2-win streak at[…]

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NEMLA Club Roundup 14/12/15

In a weekend where much of the UK was struck by Storm Desmond leaving several Northern towns and cities flooded and in a national state of emergency,  it was a surprise that any lacrosse games were able to be played whatsoever, however Sheffield Steelers with their 4G astro turf pitch and fantastic facilities at Sheffield Hallum University sports grounds, managed to play the only Northern Premiership game of the weekend, hosting 5th-placed Brooklands in a tie they needed to win to get themselves off the bottom spot of the table. Unfortunately for Sheffield, they couldn’t stem the tide of their pre-Christmas form and Brooklands made it two wins in a row, emerging as 10 – 6 victors. This takes Brooklands up to 4th-place however with 10 games played so far, they have at least 3 games more than the teams below them, meaning as and when these fixtures are caught[…]

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New Jersey to Manchester, A Doug Homan Perspective

Hey Guys, My name is Doug Homan and I’m from Manasquan, NJ. I am currently getting my masters at Manchester Metropolitan in International Business Management. I play for Poynton Lacrosse Club (Go Blackbirds!). I had a little different experience than most of the guys in the LTP program as I have worked in England before. Back in 2012, I was the Local Development Officer (LDO) in Sheffield, working for the English Lacrosse Association. My job was to assist in coaching the Sheffield Steeler’s U11-U19 teams while going into local primary and secondary schools to ‘spread the word’ of lacrosse to encourage students to play the game we all love. While coaching, I was also lucky enough to play with a great group of guys on their senior team. When I first started, I couldn’t believe that these English guys played about the same schedule as most European soccer teams by[…]

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