This year’s Ken Galluccio Cup took place September 6th through 8th in Ghent, Belgium. The European Lacrosse Federation organized the tournament, which is now in its sixth year. One team represented each European country. That is except in the case of England, which was represented by two teams. Spencer Lacrosse Club represented the South region of England, and the Stockport Lacrosse Club represented the North region of the country.
These two teams are massive rivals in their respected league, but of course tension was high to see who would come out victorious after this weekend’s play. Although Stockport had a great run, penalty time would prove to be their downfall. They accumulated 29 personal penalties to go alongside with 17 technical penalties. After giving the Farta Cobras (Swedes) one of the most physical games of their lives, they fell short and instead of going to the championship (which most anticipated for Stockport) they played a game to determine third and fourth place against Radotin (a team from the Czech Republic).
Farta advanced to the championship game against Spencer, but could not keep up (back to back play after the Stockport game tired them out). Spencer became the European Club Champions after defeating the Farta Cobras 13-3. Spencer’s Rob Homes led the tournament in points with 25 goals and 4 assists giving him 29 points. Stockport’s Tom Gosney followed in second with 15 goals and 7 assists giving him 22 points on the weekend. Tom Elfstrom, the goalkeeper of Farsta, received MVP of the tournament after his phenomenal play against both Stockport and Spencer. He earned a 64% save percentage throughout his play in the tournament.
During the weekend both English teams demonstrated that England is growing as a lacrosse nation, and that they are making huge strides in the development of the game throughout their country. The Men’s English lacrosse 2013-14 season kicks off on September 21st.