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June 7, 2013 / umbcdawgblog

Retrievers Travel to the Far East

By: Pat Young

Day 4:

After resting up for a full day yesterday, the team had a lacrosse filled day playing three games back to back to back. We traveled to Tokyo University where we found ourselves playing in a very cool environment. The turf field was on top of a building and had a dojo in the backdrop, very fitting for playing lacrosse in Japan. All of the teams had talent, and as the day went on the teams got better. The first game went well against Tokyo U, retrievers took the win scoring five goals to Tokyo’s zero. The scorching heat started to take a toll on several dawgs so players were forced into roles they usually wouldn’t play. Who would’ve thought that Phil Poe, Kevin McDonough,Jake Zimmerman and Neill Lewnes aren’t bad offensive middies! Continuing our win streak, the team came out on top against Hitotsubashi University winning 7-2 and against Waseda University 6-3. After the games all four teams attended a banquet where coach Zimmerman and other founding members of lacrosse in Japan were honored and shared a few words. Players from all teams exchanged gear and gifts and mingled with each other, practicing the JLA motto “lacrosse makes friends”. The team is looking forward to getting some much needed rest tonight in hopes to continue our win streak tomorrow against defending national champion Keio University.
Day 5: It seems as if the rest paid off as the team was able to defeat Keio university in a hard fought battle. The dogs were lead by Jake Zimmerman (2g 0a) who was running offensive midfield, which is a change from his normal defensive midfield spot. Much like the other Japanese teams, Keio came out with intensity and aggressiveness, and took the lead at one point in the 3rd quarter. However the 4th quarter was taken over by the retrievers as they were able to hold off the unicorns 8-6. After the game members of the UMBC lacrosse team were presented with gifts from the JLA, and traded more gear with Keio players. Earlier in the day many members of the team went sightseeing throughout Tokyo.  Before the game, Keio players and students proved to be extremely hospitable and generous as they took the team on a tour throughout campus. After the game, Keio continued their hospitality with a tailgate party where the players were able to mingle with each other and continue to emphasize  the JLA motto “lacrosse makes friends!”

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