LATVIAN LACROSSE REPORT
By Jason Perrin
The trip to Latvia was a great success! I had about 18 different teachers who attended my coaching sessions. I would say that about 12 are sure that they can introduce Lacrosse in their schools. 6 of the teachers were interested in playing themselves.Peter Mundy, the President of the European Lacrosse Federation, and I left 20 sticks with the head of the Latvian School Sports Federation and hopefully we can send a further 60 which will be passed to a number of schools. Floriane Cotnoir Ranno of The Intercrosse Federation also attended the course with an Italian coach, so there will also be teachers taking Intercrosse back to their schools. I think that she too left a number of sticks.I believe that Lacrosse will be a success in Latvia as they play Ice Hockey, Floorball and Basketball and all the teachers saw the similarities between the games. If we can provide help equipping them to start the game, it will grow.
Latvia's Alberta Street and the Opera HouseAs well as coaching teachers, I did a daily session with a group of children from a block of flats nearby. The group grew from 12 to 25 in 2 days! Parents came and took photos of their kids playing a new game with a crazy English man! This was one of the nicest groups of young people I have ever worked with!I am hoping that there is a possibility that we can find some used equipment to help Field Lacrosse get going here. If you think you may know anybody who could help, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.I will keep readers informed with what I am up to in the future. I hope to attend a tournament in Salzburg at the end of September. Hopefully the floods will have gone by then!
The Freedom Monument and the Riga Castle
Jay in Latvia
GERMAN LACROSSE REPORT
Frankfurt, 9 October: The Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse team will begin defense of their 2002 German Championship and 2001-2002 West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga (WDLL) Championship Titles on 13 October. The first game, featuring Frankfurt versus Wuppertal, will begin at 12:00 at Olympia '07 in Frankfurt Ostpark (see www.frankfurt-cosmos.de for maps to the field). At 13:30, Wuppertal will play Rheinland; Frankfurt and Rheinland will play at 15:00. The Cosmos were 7-0-1 in 2001-2002 WDLL action and finished the season with an overall 31-4-2 record against German club teams.
Hannover, 29 September: Christopher MacAuley of the 2002 German Champion Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club was named to the All-Germany team as an attack. MacAuley, a United States Air Force Academy graduate stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base, is also a member of the German National Team. At the 2002 World Cup in Perth, Australia, MacAuley led Germany in scoring and was fourth among all scorers with 28 points in seven games. MacAuley led the Cosmos offense which outscored its opponents by an average of five goals per game in the 2002 German Championships, held last weekend in Hannover.
Sebastian Dettmer of the Frankfurt Cosmos was named Most Valuable Player of the 2002 German Lacrosse Championship Tournament. Dettmer, 20, played midfielder for the Cosmos as they won their first German Championship. Dettmer played the entire tournament with an injured hand, yet was able to lead a powerful offense that outscored its opponents by five goals per game. On several plays, Dettmer began with the ball deep in his own territory and drove the length of the field to score a goal or an assist. Dettmer is a medical student in Frankfurt.
The Frankfurt Cosmos defeated BLAX Berlin 10:6 to win the 2002 German Lacrosse Championship. Tournament MVP Sebastian Dettmer opened the scoring as Frankfurt jumped to a quick lead. Dettmer, Christopher MacAuley, Tyler Whitworth, Tim Gruenke, and Rich Oh all scored for the Cosmos. The Cosmos led 2:1 after the first quarter and 5:3 at halftime, but BLAX closed to within one goal at 6:5 two minutes before the end of the third quarter. The Cosmos scored twice before the end of the quarter and added two more to open the fourth.
Frankfurt, 23 September: The Frankfurt Cosmos will open the 2002 German Championship Tournament with a first-round game against Hamburg at 09:00 on 28 September in Hannover. The Cosmos will play their other first round game against Munich at 16:00. Semifinals will begin at 09:00 on 29 September and the final game is scheduled for 15:00. Other teams in the six-team field are defending champions BLAX Berlin, Hannover, and Passau. Complete information about the 2002 German Championships is avaliable at www.hannover-lacrosse.de.
The Frankfurt Cosmos qualified for the 2002 Championships by winning the West Deutsche Lacrosse Liga (WDLL) with a 7-0-1 record and by finishing first in the four qualification tournaments. The Cosmos overall record for 2002-2003 is 28-6-2, including a 27-4-2 record against German club teams. The Cosmos will be led by German National Team scoring leader Christopher MacAuley, Tyler Whitworth, and Niklas Fischer at attack, Rich Oh, Sebastian and Felix Dettmer, at midfield, Tim Gruenke, Wolf Droh, and Carl Abrams at defense, and Apostolos Hatziagannidis in the goal. Rounding out the Cosmos will be attacks Janne Pfeiffenberger and Christian Felten, midfielders Christian Wilken, Wolf Greb, Robert Bartruff, Philipp Kugler, Sascha Bokhari, Oliver Kraege, and Bjoern Brunnhoefer, longstick midfielders Matt Meredith and Chris Ehlgen, defensemen Urs Breitsprecher, Stefan Tontsch, Matti Dettmer, and Bob Scheider, and goalie Justin Newcomb. Bob Scheider will coach the Cosmos in their fifth appearance at the German Championships, as they hope to improve upon last year's third place finish.
Frankfurt, 2 September: The Frankfurt Cosmos Lacrosse Club finished third among 12 teams at the Kieler Lacrosse Meeting. The Cosmos finished the 2001-2002 regular season with a 28-6-2 record (including a 27-4-2 record against other German club teams).
The Cosmos, playing without five starting players, including 2002 World Cup leading scorer Chris MacAuley, fell behind 3-0 in the first quarter of their opening game against BLAX Berlin. The Cosmos soon took control and came back to lead 6-5. BLAX scored on a man-up play in the final minute to tie the game at 6. Rich Oh led the Cosmos with three goals and Sebastian Dettmer added three assists. In the next game, the Cosmos offense came to life and goalie Justin Newcomb, playing in his first lacrosse tournament, had a shut-out until Hannover's Andreas Rosband scored on a fastbreak play in the final seconds. The Cosmos won 12-1 and advanced to the semifinals. VfK Berlin, playing with no substitutes, beat the Cosmos 9-5 in the semifinals. The Cosmos, led by Tyler Whitworth with four goals, defeated Rheinland 8-4 for third place and Munich came from behind to defeat VfK 8-6 in the finals.
The Cosmos finish the 2002 season at the top of the standings in Germany and will be joined in the championship tournament by Munich, Passau, BLAX, and Hannover. The sixth and final berth will be decided by a playoff game between Koeln and Hamburg. Hannover will host the playoff game and championhip tournament on 28 and 29 September.
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Germany Report and World Indoor Championships - Late Summer 2002
International Report - Summer 2002
Czech Lax Newsletter - April 2002
Dutch Lax Newsletter - Summer 2002