Masters student, and Sports Scholar, Fred Larsson secures National Lacrosse selection!

Posted by nats2 at Feb 07, 2017 11:55 AM |
Sports Scholar Frederick Larsson gives us an update on his season so far and his selection for the Swedish national Lacrosse team

Fred Larsson - back

'I started off this semester with high hopes for the BUCS season having captained the team last year and finishing second in the league, only losing 1 league game to Loughborough 2nds. We began the season hosting a pre-season tournament with 5 teams total. We won this and even beat the Loughborough 2nds team 4-1 which felt good having lost to them in the league and cup last year.

I've continued to help coach the Leicester team on Saturdays, specifically helping coach offensive plays and formations. Building on what I'd set out last year, which we struggled to execute, we are now running a fairly smooth rotation offense which no team seems to be able to stop. We have 5 wins and 0 loses so far with an 86 goal difference. We have UEA and Northampton to beat in order to win the league. I have moved into attack this season, typically playing midfield/faceoff, which has been a lot of fun playing a different position. It has also been a fairly successful transition for this season as I am currently leading the team as top goal scorer with 28 goals and 17 assists after 5 games.Fred Larsson - ULLAX

In November I went to Lille, France to play in a box lacrosse tournament, 'Boxmania', with the Swedish travel team. We ended up finishing 4th in the tournament, out of around 10 teams from across Europe, losing out on a 3rd place finish to a top Czech team (the Czech Republic are the best box lacrosse players in Europe).

I have also played several games on Saturdays for Milton Keynes in the southern lacrosse leagues. I played most recently on the 14th and we beat Cambridge 15-2 (Match report). I have also been approached by Hitchin to play for their 1st team in the southern premiership, however I am still considering this club transfer due to transport costs and the time it takes to get there.

At the end of last month I flew to Luleå Sweden to attend national team selection for the 2017 European Box Lacrosse Championships. I have now been selected for the Swedish National Box Lacrosse team to play in the inaugural European Box Lacrosse Championships this summer in Turku, Finland. In April I will travel with the team to Prague to play in the European Box Lacrosse Invitational (a tournament for national teams only) followed by the Ales Hrebesky Memorial Tournament which attracts top travel teams from around the world. Our coaches will travel from the Onondaga Reservation in New York to this event as well.

The scholarship programme has provided me with unparalleled support for the past 2 seasons allowing me to progress to international level of play. For me the most important aspects of the programme are the physio and time management support which have allowed me to continue training to a high standard and keep on top of my academics. As well as this the financial support was extremely important in helping me attend the 2016 European Championships and play for Sweden.'

Freed Larsson - kick off

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