Editor’s Note: “Lacrosse” and “Chile” have never been two words that are often used together. An incredibly diverse country full of generous and interesting people, Chile is home to numerous world-famous natural wonders and distinctive landscapes. The nation also possesses a tumultuous political history, and it deals with devastating earthquakes. At first glance, it may seem that Chile has everything besides lacrosse… but that’s slowly starting to change. My name is Joel Berdie, I am a third year undergrad student at…
Lacrosse isn’t just growing in the United States, it’s exploding across the World. The game is now played on 6 of 7 continents. This is where you’ll find International Lacrosse news and coverage from around the globe.
Team USA tryouts were last weekend, and after the long few days of competition, it seems that some of the guys got together to kick back and relax…at a Canadian’s place.
2013 marked 20 years of lacrosse in Germany, and as things would have it, SCC-BLAX (where I coach in Berlin) is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013 as well. The occasion was celebrated a couple of weeks ago, where the club invited everybody to the fields for a day of lacrosse fun. Free beer and bratwurst can make anybody happy, and always generates a good crowd.
If this were the NFL, every man on the US training roster would be breathing a sigh of relief, knowing they had made the final cut. Thankfully, this isn’t football, and that means we still have a lot more cutting to do. Photo Credit: John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com, Courtesy US Lacrosse Below you can find the 52 men who made their way onto the next round of Team USA try outs. Below, I discuss some of the big cuts and story lines….
US Lacrosse announced today the 52-man roster for the US Men’s National team that will compete in the World Championships next summer in Denver. Originally slated to have 46 players, this first cut keeps 10 attackmen, 13 midfielders, 14 long poles, 7 short-stick defensive midfielders, 4 goalies, and 4 face-off men. The final 23-man roster will be announced after various fall and winter events.
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Picking the US Men’s National team is a difficult task, and one that I don’t pretend to have all the answers to. Remember, this isn’t about building an All-Star “Team” – this is about putting together a TEAM. Team USA. So without further ado, my prediction for the USAMLAX roster.
Earlier this week we put up a video from 2010, featuring a Japan Hidden Ball Trick. The announcers called it the first successful hidden ball trick, but we knew that couldn’t be true. Thanks to Kentaro Shimizu, we now KNOW that the statement was false, because we’ve got video evidence from 2006!
Box lacrosse seems new and exciting in the US, but it has been around for almost a century. Matt Gibson weighs in on the current progress of box development in the America.
Editor’s Note: Kacy Small saw both the NCAA rules and FIL rules firsthand this year. After reflecting on his experience, he’s sure one of them is doing it right, while the other has some potential areas for improvement. Can you guess which version of lacrosse Kacy prefers before reading the article? And what do you think of his argument? Photo Credit: Craig Chase This past spring The Hill School started playing by NCAA rules in the Inter-Ac Conference in PA….
If you believe the announcers on the video, this is the first time the hidden ball trick has ever been successfully pulled off at the World Championships. I can’t imagine that is actually true, as Canada has been playing in that thing forever, but that’s not the point.
Are you interested in coaching and playing lacrosse in Germany? We have started to come across more and more opportunities for American and Canadian players to #GrowTheGame in Europe, especially in Germany. Here is some info on German lacrosse, as well as some job postings for coaches!
Rob Birkenbelt joins LAS to write about his experiences in Israel, teaching lacrosse to a brand new group of passionate enthusiasts. The experience of traveling to Israel was clearly amazing, and the first hand Grow The Game clinics were pretty amazing too. The future is bright for lacrosse in Israel…
We’re excited for another season of the European Lacrosse League in 2013, and can’t wait to track the wins, losses, and growing passion for box lacrosse that the ELL encompasses, and helps nurture. In last year’s final, Deutschland Adler LC defeated LC Bison Radotin, 10-9, for the DALC’s first ELL title, in their first year of existence.
As a sponsor of boys and girls lacrosse at the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games, Israel Lacrosse hosted a clinic in between games to expose people who had never seen lacrosse before to the sport. Israel Lacrosse brought in former Dartmouth and Long Island Lizards goalie Andrew Goldstein so that everyone at the clinic could take some shots against a great keeper!
This morning in our travels of the interwebs, we ran across this great video of some Slovak Lacrosse action. At just over two minutes and thirty seconds, you have no reason NOT to watch how much our sport has grown around the world.
This week, our Tweet of the Week comes from lacrosse legend Mark Millon. He posed an interesting question on Twitter which I then relayed to @LaxAllStars, but I think that it’s a great question that deserves more discussion.
At 2pm Eastern (US) Standard Time, head on over to the LAS YouTube channel for a European Box Lacrosse hangout with Simon Krause of Limegreen Lacrosse, Sean Gibson of the European Lacrosse Federation, and hopefully Jamie Plunkett of the Deutschland Adler Lacrosse Club, as well as Artjom Merjasch, a German national team hopeful!
Inside you can find a GREAT video on the 2013 FIL World Cup, which took place in Oshawa, Ontario. The women’s world championships crowned the US as champs, and the team set a number of records in the process. This was the US’ seventh (out of 9 total) title, and the first time the Canadians had won Silver.
US Lacrosse has announced the 98 man list of players that will try out for the 2014 US Men’s Team on Labor Day Weekend at Goucher College in Baltimore. Below you will find the list, which certainly contains many of the biggest names in the game, but we’re curious to know if YOU think anyone obvious was left off?