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England deliver quality display to down Israel and go 3-0

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England put in their best performance of the tournament so far to defeat unbeaten Israel 12-3 and move to 3-0 for the Championship.

A tenacious defensive effort combined with clinical execution in attack saw the side run out comfortable winners in a game being billed as a potential future gold medal match.

Israel had easily seen off Germany and Scotland before this point but the strength in depth and stamina told as England pulled away the longer the game went on.

The first quarter was, as probably expected, a cagey affair with both teams eyeing each other up but not making much stick.

Emily Resnick did put Israel ahead and it looked like they would take a ¼ time lead before an interception from Emily Gray set Megan Whittle on a stunning fast break in which she ran three quarters the length of the pitch to score and make it 1-1 at the end of Q1.

At the beginning of Q2 England began to step it up a level, winning good ball from the draw and making it count.

Whittle scored another brilliant solo effort, before Jenny Simpson and Liv Wimpenny both finished off free positions.

England’s defence had been dogged and determined throughout the match but were often called to be just on the wrong side of legal, picking up a remarkable six yellow cards throughout the game, including a period at the end of the half being two players down.

However, the man down defence was impeccable and when called upon, Katie Greenwood make numerous point-blank saves to deny Israel any momentum.

England’s final goal of the quarter was an absolute hallmark of their play all day. Tremendous pressure on the redefend hassled and blocked off all routes for the clear and Wimpenny then completed the interception, fed Simpson who was free to score and make it 5-2 at the half.

Israel did set the nerves running a little after the break, closing things to 5-3, but a dependable Whittle struck once again, and when Alex Drewe got on the board after she had already had one disallowed for an illegal stick, the game was almost won.

Drewe scored again just 28 seconds into the final quarter, and from that point on England were in full control.

Whittle, Simpson and a Claire Faram brace all added to the total as the girls ended on a 7-goal streak, demonstrating their dominance and continuing to maintain their standards to the final whistle, running gout 12-3 victors.

The win sets up a classic crunch encounter against old rivals Wales (Sat 20 July 11am UK Time) who are also 3-0 ,with the winner likely to go into the semi-finals as #1 seed.

England Points:Megan Whittle (4,0), Jenny Simpson (3,0), Alex Drewe (2,0), Claire Faram (2,0) Liv Wimpenny (1,0)

England Lacrosse Appoints Sport:80 as Technology Partner

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England Lacrosse has appointed Sport:80 as its technology partner to develop a new England Lacrosse Membership Platform which will evolve the way we administer the sport and engage with people participating in lacrosse across the country.

The new platform will aim to provide members with all the tools they require to manage their online engagement with the sport, beginning with membership registrations and renewals for the 2019/20 season.

The vision of the partnership is to work towards a single platform whereby members will be able to manage their lacrosse profile with ease and enter all EL sanctioned tournaments online, among a host of other features.

England Lacrosse has also invested in the development of an England Lacrosse App, designed to work in unison with the England Lacrosse Membership Platform. This means EL members will benefit from a number of innovative features including Single Sign-On (SSO), event calendars that display competitions, courses and camps delivered through the EL Membership Platform, and a club locator that automatically updates as and when your club data does.

Sport:80 were selected as England Lacrosse’s new technology partner after a robust tender process which involved detailed independent and in-house assessments.

Sport:80 has a proven track record of delivering systems of this nature for a wide variety of other National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and sports organisations including Archery GB, Table Tennis, British Fencing and British Weightlifting.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to release updates with regards to the new platform.

For more information about Sport:80: https://www.sport80.com/

England Lacrosse men's national squad head coach Steve Lydon appoints 2 additional staff members

Steve Lydon has appointed two additional staff members to join his team in preparation for the 2020 European Championships and for the 2022 World Championship.

In addition Antony Thorton has been appointed as Team Manager for the Men's National Team. Antony has been the Chair of the Reading Lacrosse Club and has worked as an Event Coordinator for SEMLA. Antony brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and in the development of Lacrosse across the UK.

NeedleSmart Sponsors England Women for the European Championship

England Lacrosse are pleased to announce NeedleSmart as team sponsor of Team England during the Women’s European Lacrosse Championship 2019, Israel.

The deal will provide significant support to the squad as they start their defence of the European title.

England, who defeated Wales in both the 2012 and 2015 European finals, are aiming to become 7-time European champions at the event in Netanya, Israel between 15-25 July 2019.

Women’s Lacrosse Archive Details Put Online

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Details of the Levick-Boyd archive on women’s lacrosse, cataloguing over 100 years of the game, have been put online for the first time.

The All England Women’s Lacrosse Association (AEWLA) Archive is dedicated to documenting everything women’s lacrosse-related, from tournament schedules and international match results to game regulations and financial records and a detailed listing of these archives can now be viewed online.

Archive curator, Karen Davies, says the aim of putting the details of the archive online is to allow people to understand where women’s lacrosse has come from over the past century and learn how the game has changed.

The collection is housed at the University of Bedfordshire in their Special Collections and it is hoped that putting the details of what’s in the archive online can ‘further knowledge and understanding for the game of women’s lacrosse through assembling and preserving a comprehensive record of its development’.

In the archive are also pictures of various tournaments from as early as 1935 as well as detailed documents regarding the regulation of women’s lacrosse, including a constitution dating back to 1962 and a list of game rules and from 1974.

Personal papers of former lacrosse players Jean Russell McFarlane and June Preston, which document their lacrosse-playing lives from 1929 until 1962 and include press cuttings, programmes, and photographs from their playing days, can also be accessed.

Personal papers relating to players such as Celia Brackenbridge and Elizabeth Carling will be added in due course as well as the details of visual recordings like reel-to-reel films and video tapes.

Also, the exciting and interesting Audrey Levick Papers, which were transferred from the University of Birmingham in 2015, will be added to the Archives Hub over the next couple of months.

To view the archive contents visit https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/bc43b2d1-ee65-3eb0-b860-6d14a079b864

And if you want to view the items or request a copy of anything in the extensive collection, simply contact Karen by email on Karen.Davies@beds.ac.uk.

Discount for Rendcomb College Triple Arrow Summer Camp

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England Lacrosse are pleased to announce a 12.5% discount for our Triple Arrow Summer Camp at Rendcomb College in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

The camp, which takes place on the 27-29 August, offers a great chance for both experienced and inexperienced lacrosse players to learn more about the sport and develop their individual skills.

Every Triple Arrow Camp follows a curriculum designed by experienced England Lacrosse coaches with key outcomes set for each group to ensure everyone completes the camp having developed their individual ability.

Each camp provides a unique experience as the coaches plan specialist daily schedules and sessions based on their experience and the ability of the group they are leading.

Each session will have a focus theme from one of the following areas:
Technical Aspects
Tactical
Decision Making & Reflection
Challenge & Pressure

To take advantage of the discount, simply apply the discount code RENDTAC19 when booking.

England overcome Wales to go 2-0 at U20 Men's European Championship

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England ran out winners of what turned out to be a marathon contest against neighbours Wales in Game 2 of their U20 Euros campaign.

A 17-5 scoreline showed an emphatic win after a game that was extremely competitive for long periods before England’s quality and all-round consistency finally told.

The English lads got off to a fairly slow start and despite taking the lead through Danny Hilditch, found themselves 2-3 down after some sloppy defensive work allowing Wales to capitalise.

Josh Simpson-Pink was able to level the game up just before the ¼ time after a slick passing move, but it wasn’t until Q2 when England finally began to stamp their authority on the match.

Another for Hilditch, followed by a brace from Halliday, put England three goals up before the weather took hold and lightning in the area forced a 40-minute delay to proceedings.

When the game resumed, England continued where they left off, with Will Greaves extending the advantage before Ollie Allsop added another combined with a couple of top saves from Tom Teal to create a healthy 8-3 lead at the half.

However, after the break the concentration began to wain a little and despite an early quarter goal from Allsop, two goals from the Braddock pairing (Owain and Dylan) who formed a formidable duo for Wales closed the game to 9-5 and set off a few nerves of a comeback.

However, the lads regrouped, stepped up the intensity, and goals from Tom Frow and Danny Jones took the game away from Wales again making it 11-5.

However, soon the next stoppage in play was to come as an unfortunate accidental injury to Danny Hilditch ,who had been a big influence on the game up to that point, required lengthy treatment prompting another 35 minute delay at the end of Q3.

To their credit, England did extremely well to refocus after the injury and produced a clinical fourth quarter that gave the game an emphatic final scoreline.

Jones, Ed Loveland, Allsop (twice), Simpson-Pink and Halliday all added to England’s tally in a 6-0 shutout final quarter to put a gloss on the win finishing 17-5.

Tomorrow’s match-up against Germany (5.30pm UK Time), also 2-0, will now be crucial in deciding who tops the Pool and advances straight to the semi-finals, while the loser will have to play a quarter-final on Wednesday.

England win thrilling contest to tie up Summer Series

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England came from behind late to beat the US/WPLL 11-10 and tie up the RPC Summer Series at 1-1 going into the final match of the series.

Jenny Simpson powered home the winning effort with just 00:18 on the clock to give England a deserved win in a thrilling contest that kept the crowds excited throughout.

England and the US/WPLL Select side will now go head to head in the crucial final match of the series on Sunday (9.45am start).

After losing the first game 4-11 on Friday night, England came out looking to make amends and raced into an early lead to dominate the early exchanges.

Goals from Claire Faram, Tilly Shires, Jenny Simpson and Chloe Chan, who scored a particularly eye-catching effort after a midfield interception, propelled the home side into an emphatic four-goal lead before the US/WPLL worked to cut the deficit to 4-2 at the 1/4 time.

In a match played in sweltering 30c+ conditions, both teams continued to play a fierce, high-intensity match that ebbed and flowed throughout; Alex Drewe and Faram both scoring to cancel out an Amanda Johansen goal and give England a 6-3 lead.

Although England extended their lead to 7-3 early in the third, the US/WPLL side who had been largely frustrated up to that point sparked into life, tallying four unanswered goal to eventually tie the game early in the fourth and flip the game on its head.

What then followed in the last 10 minutes was a pulsating back-and-forth contest that swung from team to team, as the sides traded efforts briefly seeing the US/WPLL lead for the first time before Emily Gray levelled at 10-10 with two minutes to play and both teams went in search of a winner.

The draw was an important factor all day long and crucially Camilla Hayes and Faram combined to win possession off the resulting draw and at the end of a long, probing possession Torz Anderson was able to pick out Simpson for a tremendous finish past Allie Dacar in goal and give England the important lead.

The US/WPLL did manage one final possession with 00:18 on the clock but a loose pass towards the crease trying to force a leveller saw the ball run free and the final whistle end what was a truly terrific game.

England Goals: Alex Drewe 3, Claire Faram 2, Jenny Simpson 2, Tilly Shires 1, Chloe Chan 1, Liv Wimpenny 1, Emily Gray 1.

US/WPLL Goals: Amanda Johansen 2, Kara Mupo 2, Alyssa Leonard 2, Mollie Stevens 2, Haley Warden 2.