June 2, 2009
The Loyola College men's lacrosse team is currently on a ten-day trip of Europe which will take them to four different countries-Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland-to play five matches, all while taking in the beautiful sights. On Monday, the team visited Liverpool, England, where they visited the Beatles Story and then traveled to Manchester, where they defeated the English National Team in a scrimmage. Below, rising junior Matt Langan blogs the action for Loyolagreyhounds.com. Please check back to this site throughout the week for more updates.
Monday, June 1, 2009, by Matt Langan
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND- After the long and tiring journey that Day Three provided, we finally settled down in Manchester. The following morning we had a team breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and prepared ourselves for a long and interesting travel to Liverpool, where we had the luxury of touring the historic city and fortune of playing a tough group of Englishmen in a game of lacrosse.
We arrived in Liverpool at roughly 11:00 a.m. Coach Toomey informed both buses that we had four hours to tour and travel around the city. Immediately, teammates headed directly to The Beatles Story. The Beatles Story was conceived and founded by Mike and Bernadette Byrne in 1988. It opened its doors in May 1990 at the Albert Dock, Liverpool.
The exhibition came about after Mike and Bernie realized the need for a permanent exhibition in the city, dedicated to the Beatles. Mike and Bernie were able to plan and bring it all about and draw on their memories from their personal experience of having grown up in the city at the same time as the Beatles.
However, Eric Lusby, Chris Moore, DJ "the dozer" Comer and I decided to walk around the city first. Our first stop was to the John Lewis mall where we purchased some football (soccer) jerseys. As we shopped around Eric found a unique interest in the European capris while Chris complained about the lack of jorts (jean shorts).
The common impression among the group was that Liverpool was a vast city full of construction. Around 12 o'clock we met up with Shane Koppens and Collin Finnerty and grabbed a bite to eat at Nando's, a delicious European restaurant known for its legendary, Portuguese, flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken.
We did a little more shopping afterward and around 14:30 p.m. Eric and I headed to The Beatles Story. Admission was eight pounds. The exhibition was truly remarkable. Everything from John Lennon's travel jacket to the group's two-piece attire that Brian Epstein bought for the group's first international performance was on display. The exhibition proved to be a historical and informative piece of history.
After the great tour around the city the team headed to Wilmslow, a suburb of Manchester, and reset the focus to our intense battle against Team England.After a rough start Team Loyola was fortunate to prevail after great efforts from Dylan Grimm and Cooper MacDonnell. After the game both teams enjoyed a social. The long but fun-filled day was topped off by a night on the town where the team enjoyed each others company.