It's our final day in London. It feels like we just got here, but we had a blast!
This morning we played our final game of the trip, against the English U-19 Team. They gave us a good challenge, and you could tell they had been playing together and were in good shape. We won 16-6 and afterwards had a chance to hang out with them. Today's game was at the University of Surrey and we were impressed with its athletic facilities.
After the game we headed to Fulham and took in the Everton/Fulham football match. We decided to cheer against the home team, and cheered for Everton because its goalkeeper Tim Howard is a New Jersey native and goalie for the US National Team. We sat right behind the goal, on the Putney End, where all the Everton fans were located so it worked out great. Everton had a 2-1 lead until the 86th minute when Fulham tied the game. We did hear from Tim Howard after the game. He texted us saying he was sorry he didn't get a chance to meet us, wanted to know if any of us was from New Brunswick and signed off with "Goooooo Tigers!" So cool!
We made a stop at Harrod's, a spot we all were dying to check out. It was incredible! It was huge. It was full of high-end you name it - Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Manola Blahnik. It was packed with people - about 90% of which didn't have a single bag - going more to check it out than to purchase anything.
A quick stop back to our hotel and then out for a traditional fish & chips dinner. It was such a great way to cap off our trip. This trip has been incredible for team bonding, and has been such a great experience for each of us. We want to thank everyone who helped to make this trip possible.
See you in the spring! Go Tigers!
Q & A with Jess Nelson & Sarah Lloyd
What was your favorite part of the trip?
Jess: The best was the Blue Window in Malta. I thought that was fantastic, I wish we could have stayed there all day. I thought Gozo Island was the most amazing thing.
Sarah: I liked London. I liked Westminster Abbey.
What did you think of the soccer game today?
Jess: I thought it was so fun. Just watching the whole culture of it, looking at all the guys yelling out all the cheers, I thought that was so unique. And to see the cultural appreciation of soccer compared to the US.
Sarah: I thought it was so much fun. I loved the atmosphere at the soccer game, it was awesome.
What did you buy during the trip?
Jess: My most prized possession is my red Malta snap-back. I think I've worn it alot so far and I also bought a dress from House of Frazer, where my teammates ditched me. And I bought some lemoncello for my parents.
Sarah: I got a snap-back too that says Malta, and also has a cooling fan on the brim. (Jess: Oh whatever). And I got jewelry from the glassblowing stop we went to for my sisters.
What did this trip do for team bonding?
Jess: Well, our team is a pretty tight unit to begin with but this gave us a chance to get to know each other in a setting besides lacrosse. I couldn't imagine taking this trip with anyone else.
Sarah: It was a great chance to get to know each other on a really personal level - outside of lacrosse, in a different setting.