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WOMEN'S LACROSE

Latvian women's lacrosse history
17.09.2010.

         The first time women’s lacrosse was seen in Latvia was in 2008, in a small town called Druva. Few girls started practices together with the local men’s team. Later, in the summer of 2009 in the capital of Latvia – Riga, 5 girls from the Sports Academy took initiative and began their own trainings. Girls could use a tiny corner of lacrosse field within the boys practice. 

Starting with October of 2009, due to some advertising events, the club in Riga expanded and had a regular number of participants, around 10-14 girls. Dins Bahs was the one who gathered girls together and became the main coach of women’s lacrosse club Riga. Dins is a player as well in one of Latvian men’s teams.

In the end of October 2009 two girls from Riga lacrosse club (Karīna Saidova and Signe Ielīte), went to the Netherlands for an experience exchange trip. They were welcomed by Den Haag lacrosse club girls and their coach Jessica Stokhof. Girls participated in practices and were present at lacrosse games from the local championships. Coach Jessica was very welcoming and answered all the questions girls had and showed some tips for the lacrosse practices and further development.

In the winter of 2010 a new club joined Latvian lacrosse community – a club in Jelgava. Similar to Riga girls, they started to practice together with men’s team. In the spring of 2010 Latvia had two women’s lacrosse clubs and each of them had approximately 15 girls. In the April, girls had their first lacrosse game against each other.

There was a goal set for the summer of 2010 – to participate in an international tournament. Club Riga chose a tournament in Sweden, Goteborg. In order to get ready for this challenge, in the end of the June with help of European Lacrosse Federation, a coach from Germany – Anna Sody, was invited. 3 days long lacrosse camp for all the players in Latvia was held in Riga. There was a significant progress in girls skills after the camp, they improved their throwing and catching technique as well as began to understand the whole concept of a lacrosse game. Later in the summer, coach Jessica Stokhof came to Latvia and was in charge of few more practices.

In the August of 2010 a team made from both clubs Riga and Jelgava, went to Sweden to experience their first lacrosse games with opponents from other countries. First international experience, first wins and as a result – 2nd place, that was a huge success for the girls.

This year there is a plan to create another women’s lacrosse team and to attract new lacrosse coaches as well. Our goals are participation in European and World Championships.

Latvia women’s lacrosse continues it’s development.


 First tournament, first final
15.08.2010.

 

Women's lacrosse club Riga has returned from it's first tournament with a great achievement - II place. This undoubtedly is a big step towards development of Latvian women's lacrosse. In competition with four teams, Riga managed to win 2 games and in the game for the first place lost to the opponents - team from Copenhagen - only with one point difference (3:4).
In the first round of games WLC Riga won both teams from Gothenburg with results 6:2 and 6:1, but conceded to Copenhagen with result 3:5. In the final game, competing for the first place, Riga met again with the team from Copenhagen. The first half ended with a tie 1:1. On the second half, opponents managed to score two goals in a row. The result 1:3 held until the game clock showed that there are still 10 minutes left of the game time. Riga girls managed to tie the score again - 3:3. When there were 2 minutes left until the end of game, Copenhagen scored again. Riga tried to change the score again, but this time unsuccessfully.
Team has returned home with new experiences, adventures and unforgettable feelings. Photos from the tournament can be found here: selection, first day, second day, third day.
Women's lacrosse club Riga was supported by Latvian Lacrosse Federation, Riga New Technicians Center, Riga Cleaning Service, Hagberg and
Finansu un Nodokļu Serviss.

Best scorers:

Name

Position

Goals

Fouls

Karina Saidova

Defense/Center

5

2 min

Laura Šterna Center

3

 
Ieva Spradze Attack

2

 
Arita Pidža Center

2

 
Ilona Reķe Center/Defense

2

 
Katrina Kalniņa Center

1

 
Santa Muceniece Center/Defense

1

 
Madara Ose Center

1

 

 


A Great event for Latvia women's lacrosse
05.08.2010.

This thursday, 5th of August, women's lacrosse club Riga with some help from lacrosse club Jelgava are leaving for the first international lacrosse tournament in Goteborg, Sweden. Lacrosse club Riga is a new club, some of the players have started trainings a year ago, some has joined only six months ago. First international games will be held against two clubs from Sweden and on from Denmark. The team will play 5 games.
In preparation process Riga cluba had a professional help - in the beginning of July 3 days long women's lacrosse camp was held together with coach Anna Sody from Germany and later on club had several practices with coach Jessica Stokhof from the Netherlands.

 

Lacrosse club Riga:

 

No 

Name Surname 

Club

Position

1

Jeļena Uļjankina

Rīga

Goalie 

2

Gundega Lākute

Rīga

Attack 

3

Santa Muceniece

Rīga

Defense 

4

Arita Pidža (A)

Rīga

Midfield 

5

Madara Ose

Rīga

Midfield

6

Arta Vēvere

Jelgava

Goalie 

7

Karīna Saidova (K)

Rīga

Midfield

8

Ilona Reķe

Jelgava

Midfield

9

Signe Ielīte

Rīga

Attack 

10

Katrīna Kalniņa

Rīga

Midfield

11

Laura Šterna

Rīga

Midfield

12

Ieva Spradze

Rīga

attack 

13

Antra Roze

Rīga

Defense 

14

Evita Mārtiņa

Jelgava

Defense 

15

Santa Vertele

Rīga

Midfield

16

Zane Jaunžeikare

Jelgava

Midfield

 


A Milestone for Latvian Lacrosse as the Women’s Team Held their First E.L.F Camp in Riga
06.07.2010.

In preparation for the International lacrosse tournament in Sweden, Latvia’s first women’s lacrosse teams collaborated with the European Lacrosse Federation to hold their very first lacrosse camp in Riga. The camp was held on July 2nd- 4th and was directed by Anna Sody, the head coach of Germany’s Dusseldorf Antlers and Riga’s head coach Dins Bahs.  The camp was sponsored by Captain Lax who generously donated lacrosse balls for the camp and a MVP voucher.  Despite the hot weather, the ladies team powered through four practices a day. “Even when the sun was at full strength, the girls pushed through every drill without a single complaint,” commented Anna Sody. 
Over the course of the long weekend, the team learned and improved their individual skills, learned the fundamentals of offense and defense and gained better insight on how to work together as a team.  Anna also integrated rules and safety into the practice plan to give a better understanding of the game.  Eighteen field players and two goalies from Latvia’s lacrosse clubs Riga and Jelgava participated in camp; three of which had never picked up a stick before the camp!
At the end of the camp, Anna Sody stated, “The girls have shown great improvement, potential and diligence. It has been such a pleasure working with them. I look forward to watching their successful future.”  Anna handed out balls and the Captain Lax MVP award to Karina Saidova for her determination and spirit. The Latvian teams named Anna as Riga’s and Jelgava’s unofficial ‘assistant coach’.

 Watch out European women’s lacrosse, the Latvian girls are coming!  

The ELF would like to thank all participants for a successful camp. Special thanks goes to Laura Sterna for managing the event and Captain Lax for providing the camp with a prize and Lacrosse balls.

Photos from camp can be found here.

 

 

  


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