Young Takes Love Of Lacrosse To Europe|
Aug. 8, 2011
Rising sophomore midfielder Taylor Young just had the trip a lifetime - a chance to study abroad in Amsterdam and Prague, while meeting people from around the world who embrace and love the game of lacrosse.
The trip, organized by Global Players, was part of an eight-week program allowing student-athletes to compete abroad and spread the game across Europe, while attending class and networking with business leaders. First, the group of 25 men and women participated in the Lowlands Tournament in Amsterdam in late June.
"During the three-day tournament, we played teams from England, France, Germany, Holland - even another USA Team, and more," Young said. "The tournament had a total of 34 teams from nine countries. We won the whole tournament - the women and men, so that was extra special."
Following the tournament, Young went on the "Out of Bounds Tour," allowing her to travel throughout Holland and Germany to visit other lacrosse teams and live the life of a European lacrosse player. Additionally, she scrimmaged and participated in small clinics introducing school children to lacrosse.
To conclude her trip, Young arrived in Prague for the studying and internship portion of the trip. While studying at the European Student Abroad Center, the Global Players scrimmaged with the Czech U-19 National Team.
"It was another cool experience," Young said. "I've had literally the best two months of my life here. "The people I'm traveling with have become my best friends and it's been amazing playing lacrosse with so many people from around the world. I got to play with girls from the States and Europe that I never would have met without this trip."
After completing her freshman campaign with a highly-competitive Division-I program, Young was able to better appreciate the laid-back attitude of playing in a European summer league.
"I went from playing such an intense season in the States to a laid back tournament," Young said. "It was much more about the lacrosse aspect than the competition here, which is the exact opposite of what we're used to back home."
As Young continues to travel Europe on her own, she will carry her experiences with her, even when she returns to her home in Cincinnati.
"It opened my world to so many new things," Young said. "I've got new lasting friends from all over now."