The Exeter students with their medals

Exeter Lacrosse players in European Championships

Sophy Coombes-Roberts, Lottie Van-Praag and Katie Butcher all represented Wales and former club captain Hen Watson was wearing the Scottish shirt.

Wales and Scotland were expected to do well, with the Exeter players keen to meet each other in the final! Hen Watson, who was a new member of the Scottish team, had a great tournament helping her team to a semi-final match against Wales where she would meet her Exeter colleagues. Sophy, Lottie and Katie came out victorious for Wales and headed to a final against England, leaving Scotland with a 3rd place play-off against a strong Israeli team.

The final between England and Wales was a hard fought game with England winning a narrow game 11-8. Wales claimed a highly creditable Silver medal and Scotland defeated Israel to claim the Bronze medal.

This was a fantastic opportunity for all the girls to play in a major competition for the countries. Katie Butcher will be returning to Exeter to captain the Ladies 1st team, bringing these experiences back to benefit the entire club.

Sophy Coombes, who graduated in 2015, was named in the All-European team, made of the best 12 players in Europe, which a fantastic achievement.

“We would all like to extend a massive thank you to all the staff in the Athletic Union, the scholarship scheme and in particular the High Performance Unit at the University of Exeter for all their help over the past years, both on and off the pitch. All these people not only contributed to our selection but also pushed us to achieve everything we have on the pitch.” commented Sophy.

“It’s fantastic to see scholars and graduates competing at the very highest level. Sophy, Lottie, Katie and Hen have all contributed hugely to Lacrosse at Exeter.” remarked Charlie Hale, High Performance Manager for Lacrosse.

The Student Lacrosse club were ranked 3rd in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings for 2013-2014 and is a focus sport of the University, attracting players of international standard. The women were runners-up in the BUCS Southern Premier 2014-2015 and reached the semi-finals of the championships.

The Lacrosse club caters for sports scholars and high performance athletes, but also offers opportunities to all standard of player. Students do not need any experience to benefit from playing one of the most competitive sports on offer!


Date 29 September 2015

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Date: 30 September 2015

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