Lacrosse the Pond

Manchester Lacrosse

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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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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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 3/1/15

As ever, Wednesday in university in the UK means sports day, which ultimately means another game of lacrosse for our LTP students! This week we saw top of the table battles for supremacy as well as bottom of the league struggles for survival in another frantic week of university lacrosse. This week, in an ongoing battle to get away from the bottom place in the Men’s Premier North league, Rutgers alumni and 15/16 LTP Student Kevin Albert’s University of Manchester side faced Leeds Beckett at home in the fixture known as “The War of The Roses”. With the game living up to it’s name and reputation, this was a battle from start to finish with the lead changing hands several times over. Unfortunately for Kevin and the Manchester side, the thrilling end-to-end encounter finished as a 10-9 victory for the visitors from Yorkshire, leaving the Uni of Manchester team at the[…]

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Whats On The Menu?

They eat beans on toast here. Can you believe that!? Beans on toast, who would ever do such a thing. That’s an actual meal here and I’ll tell you what, its awesome. My love for beans has grown to a full blown obsession since I’ve been here. I would just talk about beans this whole blog but the blog patrol might shut me down. So it looks like we will have to have a quick rundown of what I’ve seen as the English menu. That brings me to the top 3 DO EAT’s on the English menu: 1. Fish and Chips: This one is a no brainer. First thing they told me was not to get them at a chinese food place, so I did, and lets just say don’t get them at a chinese food place. Strawberry Pig on Saturdays is necessary post P-Town wins. 2. Pie’s: Also a no brainer. You[…]

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