The fifth annual European Box Lacrosse Invitational (E-Box) got underway on Friday in Prague, Czech Republic on the historic floor at LCC Radotin. E-Box is for national teams who will play a few games over the course of the weekend. This year’s E-Box event is the biggest yet and maybe the most important with many teams using this as a way to tune up for the 2019 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships (WILC) that will take place in Langley, BC in September.
To kickoff the event, four games were played on Friday, starting at noon (local time) and ending at eight at night. It was a full day of box lacrosse over in Radotin with a lot of good play in all four games.
Canada U-20 23, Austria 1
Of course Canada will likely be the most dominant team of the weekend with the amount of box experience those players have compared to the other teams in attendance. This game was never close as Canada U-20 started hot right out of the gate and never looked back. Austria scored their first and only goal of the game in the second period.
Luke Pilcher led Canada U-20 with 14 points (7G,7A) in the win. In goal for Canada U-20, Brody Harris made 11 saves as he only played in the first two periods. Laine Hruska made 9 saves, plying in the last two periods.
Austria was led by Mason Suppanz who had their only goal of the day. In goal for Austria, Christopher Kunert made 21 saves as he played in just the first two periods. Playing in the final two periods, Stephan Lorenz made 15 saves.
Netherlands 12, Scotland 9
This was a close one the entire way as teams kept going back-and-forth trading runs all games. After Scotland took a 4-2 lead in the first Netherlands picked it up in the second, going on a three-goal run to help make it a 5-5 game at the end of the second. Again in the third, Netherlands outscored Scotland 3-1, taking an 8-6 lead heading into the fourth. It was close down the stretch, but Netherlands pulled out the win.
Ross Parson led Netherlands with 8 points (7G,1A) in the win. Also, Aaron Vanderhorst and Harm de Vette had 3 points (2G,1A) each.
Scotland was led by Iain Vickers who scored 4 points in the game. Marty Crawford had 2 goals in the loss as well.
Germany 19, England 10
The German squad got out early and flexed their muscles against England. After trailing 7-2 at the end of the first, England was able to get some things going later on in the game but the lead was just too big for England to overcome. Germany was dominate on both ends of the floor, taking an 11-5 lead over England at the end of two. That lead grew as they eventually led 17-8 heading into the fourth period. Germany walked away with the 19-10 dominating win over England is their first game of the event.
Germany was led by Gustav Weber who tallied 6 points (4G,2A) and Marc Brandenburger who put up 5 points (4G,1A) in the win. In goal for Germany, Tilo Fuchs got the start and played the first half, making 5 saves. Jonathan Sievers made 10 saves while playing the whole second half.
For England, they were led by Matt Marsh and Sam Perry who each had 3 points (2G,1A) in the game. Eliot Pugh made 31 saves in net for England.
LCC Wolves 14, Switzerland 8
In the final game of the day LCC Wolves got out to an early 4-0 lead at the end of the first and rode that momentum the rest of the game to defeat Switzerland. Although Switzerland was able to cut the lead to 4-2 early in the second, LCC Wolves woke up again and continued their dominance, taking a 7-2 lead at the half. LCC Wolves pushed their way through a slower third period and exploded in the fourth to secure the win.
LCC Wolves were led by Stephen Toporowski who tallied 4 points (3G,1A) in the win. Štěpán Friedl also had 3 points (2G,1A) in the win. In goal for LCC Wolves, Josef Slavik made 40 saves.
Switzerland was led by Lukas Heri who put up 4 points (3G,1A) in the game. Matthew Trautman also had 3 goals for Switzerland as well. Alexander Meier made 38 saves in goal for Switzerland.
Full E-Box Schedule
* All times are local (six hours ahead of Eastern Time)
Friday, April 19th