Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/24/12
Call it the British Lacrosse Invasion.
Two weekends ago, the Lower Bucks Lacrosse 7th/8th grade girls program played host to players from the Catereham School in Surrey, England. The bus, carrying 27 U14 girls lacrosse players, plus four chaperones, rolled into Middletown Community Park in Langhorne, at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon as part of their two week sightseeing/lacrosse US tour that began in Washington, DC, and ended in New York last week.
Each Lower Bucks player was paired with a player from the Caterham school, and presented Lower Bucks Lacrosse drawstring gift bags that included a commemorative t-shirt, Hershey bars, Herrs potato chips, area postcards, headbands and a CD copy of an After Party Play List during a brief opening ceremony.
The LBL Static/Tygahs took the field first, beating the Caterham School B squad 11-10. The LBL Orange Crush, undefeated this season in PAGLA A team League play, bested the Caterham A team by a score of 12-8. The play was closely matched in both games, and each game ended with the teams sharing their typical post-game cheers.
The group then journeyed to the Yardley VFW for an old-fashioned American barbeque, complete with burgers, hot dogs, peanut butter cookies and cake, games, s’mores and fireworks. Our guest were crazy about s’mores, love American Peanut Butter and Hershey’s chocolate, and quickly became addicted to hot dogs.
The girls, at first a little uncomfortable mingling, became great pals as the evening wore on. Our LBL girls just loved the “brilliant”, “well played” and “lovely” adjectives, and all found themselves speaking with a British accent by night’s end; they were most struck by how much the two groups had in common, exactly the point of shared experiences through sport.
Last Sunday, the group met at the Caterham School’s hotel, the Hampton Inn in Yardley, and traveled together to watch the Villanova women’s lacrosse team beat Louisville in a 9-8 overtime thriller. The girls were invited to the Villanova team’s post-game tailgate celebration, where they had an opportunity to meet the Villanova players and coaches, and get tips and advice from college players. We then bid our friends a tearful farewell as they made their way to their next stop, Moorestown, NJ., and vowed to stay in touch via Facebook and Skype.