June 4, 2014
The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team concluded its stay in London, England on Tuesday, June 3, and began its journey to South Africa throughout the night, arriving in Cape Town around 10 a.m., local time (4 a.m. ET) on Wednesday.
While in the United Kingdom, the Greyhounds won their three games against the England Senior National Team, the England U-19 Training Squad that is in selection mode for the next World Cup, and the Welsh National Team. Loyola faced the English senior side on Saturday - its first day in London, and despite playing with jet lag after an overnight flight, the Greyhounds won, 18-7, at the Caterham School - which is where alumnae Katie McHugh '08 works.
On Sunday, after a clinic with the Caterham School players, Loyola picked a 20-6 win over the U-19 team and followed it up with a 20-7 victory over Wales on Monday at the Lady Eleanor Holles School. Both sophomore defender Maddy Lesher and sophomore goalkeeper Molly Wolf - making her second appearance as a field player this tour - scored a goal vs. the Welsh!
For the first two nights that the Greyhounds were in England, they stayed with host families to gain a first-hand experience of English culture. With their families, they traveled to Brighton Beach and walked down the pier, saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, went to Sever Castle in Kent and toured museums, galleries and of course went shopping.
Loyola also toured the Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and took a boat trip down the Thames River, going under the London Bridge and ending at the Tower of London, before relocating to a hotel in downtown London for its final night in the city. The Greyhounds crammed as much as possible into their final day, including checking out the Oxford shopping area, the Princess Diana Memorial and Piccadilly Circus.
With the 11-hour flight to South Africa out of the way, the Greyhounds are looking forward to all that Cape Town has to offer. To keep up with Loyola throughout its journey, check out the Facebook group page for the trip. Updates will also be posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.