Lacrosse: Success continues for England lacrosse team

Date published: 02 July 2019


The England lacrosse team are celebrating their second success of the LAX U20s European Championships in Prague with a 17:5 win over Wales.

This year’s contest is the first ever European Lacrosse Championship for the U20 Men with the U20s team made up of players from 12 different clubs across the country.

Three of the England team – face-off Daniel Madeley, 18, goalie Tom Teal, 17, and Alex Halliday, 17 – are homegrown members of the Rochdale Lacrosse Club, chosen to represent their country earlier this year.

On Sunday (30 June), the side celebrated a 15:1 win over Latvia.

In an interesting twist, the boys faced one of their own in Monday’s game (1 July), fellow Rochdale Lacrosse Club member Josh Croney, who is playing for Wales.

 

Josh Croney, of Rochdale Lacrosse Club, who is playing for Wales
Josh Croney, of Rochdale Lacrosse Club, who is playing for Wales

 

Wales has won one group game, after beating Latvia 8:9 on Tuesday (2 July).

In their second group game of the championships, Halliday secured four of England’s goals, and assisted in two others, whilst Madeley won five of his eight face-offs.

The Rochdale Lacrosse Club is one of the five oldest clubs in the UK with the sport having been played locally since 1888.

Modern day lacrosse descends from and resembles games played by various indigenous American communities, originally devised as a war game to stop killing among the tribes of the Iroquois Indian Nations.

The very first Men’s European Lacrosse Championship in Prague was held in 1995 by the European Lacrosse Federation (ELF).

England are currently ranked 5th in the world junior rankings after the 2016 U19 World Championships and England’s senior men are the current European Champions.

England next play Germany on Tuesday (2 July) at 6.30pm.

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