Dutch Lacrosse Association

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Dutch Lacrosse Association
SportLacrosse
JurisdictionNational
AbbreviationNederlandse Lacrosse Bond
Founded2003 (2003)
AffiliationFederation of International Lacrosse
ChairmanHendrik van Sandick
Official website
www.nederlandlacrosse.nl
Netherlands

The Dutch Lacrosse Association (Dutch: Nederlandse Lacrosse Bond) is the official governing body of lacrosse in the Netherlands. The Nederland Lacrosse Bond sponsors both a men's and women's national team. The national team programs are supported by a burgeoning domestic club league (the DNLL consists of 12 men's teams, while the WDNLL supports 6 female teams). The NLB is a full member of both the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) and the European Lacrosse Federation (ELF).

The Netherlands' first international tournament was in 2004 when the men's team competed at the European Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The team finished 9th out of 12 countries. Since then, the men's national team has competed at the World Lacrosse Championships in 2006, 2010, and 2014, with their best showing of 8th place in 2010. The team competed at the European Lacrosse Championships in 2008, 2012, and 2016, plus a host of smaller invitational club tournaments throughout Europe. Their best finish was a Silver medal at the 2008 ELF.

The women's first campaign was in 2008 when the team finished 10th at the European Lacrosse Championships in Lahti, Finland. The women’s team took 7th place in 2012 and 13th place in 2015.

Men's 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, Denver, CO, USA[edit]

Results: Men[edit]

Date Round Opponent Score
June 20, 2012 Group Stage Green Division China W, 19-4
June 22, 2012 Group Stage Green Division Norway L, 11-12 (OT)
June 23, 2012 Group Stage Green Division Italy W, 14-8
June 24, 2012 Round Robin New Zealand L, 10-14
June 25, 2012 Round Robin Finland L, 6-7
June 26, 2012 Round Robin Finland L, 6-15
June 27, 2012 15th place game Switzerland L, 6-9

Roster: Men[edit]

Number Name Position Home Team
1 Rick van Niekerk Goal Amsterdam Lions
4 Jesse Morsinkoff Goal Domstad Devils
30 Lionel van Est Defence Groningen Gladiators
33 Ian de Ruiter Defence Muhlenberg College
36 Ryan Philips Defence SUNY Plattsburgh
77 Justin Maarschalkerweerd Defence Anne Arundel Community College
13 Maxwell Wasscher LSM MSOE Raiders
47 Rick Emondts LSM Amsterdam Lions
12 Graham Bergsma Midfield BHC Lacrosse
56 Jorik van Baal Midfield Domstad Devils
9 James van de Veerdonk Midfield SUNY Oneonta
35 Graham Rikhof Midfield Groningen Gladiators
2 Rutger van Bennekum Midfield Amsterdam Lions
6 Hielke-Martijn de Vries Midfield Amsterdam Lions
22 Erwin Lijklema Midfield Domstad Devils
14 Brian Zimmerman Midfield University of Maryland
25 Rick van Kruchten Midfield Amsterdam Lions
7 Ingmar Klienbannink Attack Delft Barons
82 Jelle Tuinhout Attack Tilburg Titans
24 Adrian Shaproski Attack Amsterdam Lions
11 Aaron Vanderhorst Attack Nanaimo Timbermen
17 Kyle Hofstaedter Attack Tilburg Titans
32 Scott Janssen Attack Saint Joseph's University

STAFF

  • Head Coach: Neal Powless
  • Assistant Coach: Bill Bjorness
  • Assistant Coach: Jared Fotis
  • Assistant Coach: Ryan Demorest
  • Physio: Mary Stein
  • Team Manager: Mary Bergman

Men's & Women's 2012 European Lacrosse Championships, Amsterdam, the Netherlands[edit]

Results: Men[edit]

Date Round Opponent Score
June 20, 2012 Group Stage Blue Division Germany L, 8-9
June 22, 2012 Group Stage Blue Division Sweden L, 7-13
June 23, 2012 Group Stage Blue Division Ireland W, 11-7
June 24, 2012 Group Stage Blue Division Finland L, 3-13
June 25, 2012 Group Stage Blue Division England L, 4-18
June 26, 2012 Round Robin Czech Republic W, 9-8 (OT)
June 27, 2012 Quarter Final Israel W, 18-3
June 28, 2012 Semi Final England L, 5-14
June 29, 2012 Bronze Medal Game Sweden L, 10-11

Roster: Men[edit]

Number Name Position Home Team
9 Grant Zimmerman Goal UNC Tar Heels
1 Rick van Niekerk Goal Amsterdam Lions
30 Lionel van Est Defence Groningen Gladiators
6 Thijs Bijloo Defence Keizerstad Kannibalz
33 Ian de Ruiter Defence Muhlenberg College
36 Ryan Philips Defence SUNY Plattsburgh
21 Gerard Helminck Defence Groningen Gladiators
23 Sean Tyson LSM Simon Fraser University
91 Bram Durieux LSM Delft Barons
12 Graham Bergsma Midfield Durham Turfdogs
43 Ingmar Bolderink Midfield Delft Barons
56 Jorik van Baal Midfield Domstad Devils
8 Auke Dijkstra Midfield Amsterdam Lions
22 Phil Heijkoop Midfield Delft Barons
24 Hans Kortman Midfield Keizerstad Kannibalz
14 Jelle-Eric de Vries Midfield Amsterdam Lions
25 Rick van Kruchten Midfield Amsterdam Lions
7 Ingmar Klienbannink Midfield Rotterdam Jaguars
11 Josh Ledderhof Attack Delft Barons
59 Lex Janssen Attack Delft Barons
3 Peter van Vliet Attack Domstad Devils
39 Scott Janssen Attack Mercyhurst College
10 Ben van Ooijen Attack Amsterdam Lions

STAFF

  • Head Coach: Michael O'Neill
  • Assistant Coach: Owen Zachariasse
  • Assistant Coach: Christopher Cooper
  • Assistant Coach: Ryan Demorest
  • Assistant: Mike Malloy
  • Physio: Stijn Haverkamp
  • Team Manager: Paul Kortman

Men's 2010 World Lacrosse Championships, Manchester, England[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Opponent Score
July 16, 2010 Wales L, 9-10
July 17, 2010 Argentina W, 29-3
July 18, 2010 Austria W, 17-5
July 19, 2010 Spain W, 16-1
July 20, 2010 Wales W, 9-8 (OT)
July 21, 2010 Japan L, 8-14
July 22, 2010 Germany L, 1-14
July 23, 2010 Scotland L, 10-11

Roster[edit]

Name Position Home Team Number
Grant Zimmerman Goal UNC Tar Heels 33
Eduard van Opstal Goal Domstad Devils/Virginia Cavaliers 5
Joop-Joost Hietbrink Defence Amsterdam Lions 44
Stefan van de Ven Defence Rotterdam Jaguars 6
Ben van Ooijen Defence Amsterdam Lions 10
Ryan Philips Defence SUNY Plattsburgh 36
Gerard Helminck Defence Groningen Gladiators 21
Sean Tyson LSM Simon Fraser 23
Graham Bergsma Midfield Fairfield Stags 12
Alex Jones Midfield Dominican Chargers 11
Kyle Hofstaedter Midfield St. Joseph's Hawks 17
Auke Dijkstra Midfiels Amsterdam Lions 8
Phil Heijkoop Midfield Delft Barons 22
Rutger van Bennekum Midfield Rotterdam Jaguars 2
Jelle-Eric de Vries Midfield Amsterdam Lions 14
Rick van Kruchten Midfield Groningen Gladiators 25
Lex Janssen Midfield Delft Barons 59
Ingmar Klienbannink Midfield Rotterdam Jaguars 7
Kyle van Oostendorp Attack Washington College 9
Jorrit Grob Attack Groningen Gladiators 4
Peter van Vliet Attack Domstad Devils 3
Scott Janssen Attack Mercyhurst 1
Hans Kortman Attack Keizerstad Kannibalz 24

STAFF

  • Head Coach: Travis Taylor
  • Assistant Coach: Macgregor Stockdale
  • Assistant Coach: Travis Gillespie
  • Physio: Bart Hendriks
  • Physio: Daan Reutelingsperger
  • Team Manager: Guy Kessels

Men's 2008 European Championship campaign[edit]

The Netherlands competed in their second European Lacrosse Championship in 2008 in Lahti, Finland. They compiled a 6-2 record at the tournament, finishing 2nd place behind defending European champions, England. The team surprised the lacrosse world, defeating traditional European lacrosse powers such as Sweden, Ireland and Germany before making their appearance in the gold medal game. The success of the Dutch campaign garnered mention in major lacrosse publications and placed the Netherlands on the lacrosse map for the first time in history.

The Dutch team played in the C Division, featuring Austria, Denmark, France, Scotland, and Sweden. They compiled a 4-1 record in round robin play, resulting in a three-way tie for first with Sweden and Scotland, and a goals for/against record of 76/25. Goal differential determined that Sweden would finish first, with the Netherlands taking the second spot of the group. The Dutch team went on to beat Ireland and Germany in elimination play before losing to perennial champions England in the championship final.

Many attributed the team's success in Finland to the two weeks of isolation and training in Den Helder prior to the tournament.

Game results[edit]

The Netherlands opened the tournament with a convincing win over Austria, beating Sweden the very next day in a tightly contested 1 goal match. They then went on to beat Denmark before losing a controversial one goal game to Scotland. The team concluded group play with a lopsided victory over newcomer France.

A second-place finish in Group C advanced the Dutch team to the knockout stage of the tournament. They beat Ireland in a closely fought one-goal quarterfinal game before rolling the Germans in a convincing 12-6 semi-final victory.

The Dutch team played 8 games in 10 days at various fields throughout Lahti, Finland. Detailed game results are listed below.

Date Opponent Score
Thursday, August 7, 2008 Austria W, 25-4
Friday, August 8, 2008 Sweden W, 8-7
Saturday, August 9, 2008 Denmark W, 17-5
Sunday, August 10, 2008 Scotland L, 6-7
Monday, August 11, 2008 France W, 20-1
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 Ireland W, 11-10
Thursday, August 14, 2008 Germany W, 12-6
Saturday, August 16, 2008 England L, 4-14

Team organization[edit]

At the helm of the men's national program was long time lacrosse business man, John Bergsma. John's wealth of experience within the National Lacrosse League and Team Canada was supported by coaches from both North America and the United Kingdom. Travis Taylor, a native of New Westminster, British Columbia and head coach at the University of Bristol, was named head coach, while MacGregor Stockdale (a former defenseman at Brown University), Nigel Greenall (head coach of Ashton lacrosse in Northern England), and Richard Bos (Groningen Lacrosse, Netherlands) were all hired as assistant coaches.

The team formed new sponsorships for the European campaign, dropping their previous partnerships with Riddell and STX. Team helmets were provided by New York-based Cascade Sports and all equipment and apparel was provided by Michigan based Warrior Sports.

Tournament preparation[edit]

The Dutch team centralized in the Netherlands two weeks before the European Championships, bringing all players to Den Helder (in the north of the Netherlands) for an intensive 14-day training camp.

The NLB formed a strategic partnership with the Royal Netherlands Navy, using their extensive facilities in Den Helder as preparation grounds for the campaign in Finland. In addition to their grueling three-a-day practice schedule, the Dutch team took part in several naval training exercises, followed a strict eating regime, and stayed in barracks on the base.

For press purposes, one practice was scheduled at a field outside of the base. On July 27 friends, family, and the public at large came to watch as the team practiced under a hot, sun-drenched afternoon in the city centre of Den Helder.

Men's 2006 World Championship campaign[edit]

The Netherlands competed in their first World Lacrosse Championships in 2006 in London, Ontario, Canada. Led by a contingent of Dutch ex-pats from North America. These players included many ex (NLL)(WLA) pro players, Jonas Derks(NLL from 1998-2008) bolstered the Dutch attack, Aaron Vanderhorst(WLA 2000-2015) was noted in the midfield, well former UWO Mustang standout Andrew Dowdell(Major series 2000,NLL 2001)locked down the goaltending position, he was also tooted as a player to watch throughout the games, according to official program. The Dutch national team finished with a 3-4 record at the tournament. They also made ILF history by becoming the first team to win their debut game at their first World Championships (defeating South Korea by a score of 12-4).

The Netherlands competed in the Orange Group, featuring Germany, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and South Korea. Competing against these countries in round-robin play, the Dutch group amassed a 2-2 record, with convincing wins over both South Korea and New Zealand. The Netherlands then went on to beat Latvia (10-4) before falling to Finland in a tightly-fought and controversial 2 goal game (final score: 8-10). The group went on to lose their last game to a talented Scotland squad, but finished the tournament in 12th place (out of 21 countries).

Game results[edit]

The Netherlands played 7 games in 8 days, all at the North London Athletic Fields. The game results are listed below.

Date Opponent Score
Friday, July 14, 2006 South Korea W, 12-4
Sunday, July 16, 2006 Germany L, 9-15
Monday, July 17, 2006 New Zealand W, 15-4
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Czech Republic L, 9-19
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Latvia W, 10-4
Thursday, July 20, 2006 Finland L, 10-8
Friday, July 21, 2006 Scotland L, 3-15

Team organization[edit]

The staff, led by General Manager Cornelius Derks, was composed entirely of North American coaches during the 2006 tournament. Corny, a native of Oshawa, Ontario, performed managerial duties while David Leich (head coach of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs), Jason Crosbie (standout player from the Buffalo Bandits of the NLL), and Jim Huelskamp (Former Salisbury State University All-American) acted as assistant coaches.

Waterford Development (a Washington D.C.-based real estate developer) was the team's main sponsor, and exclusive partnerships with several lacrosse equipment and apparel suppliers were formed. STX (based out of Baltimore, Maryland) provided the team with equipment while Riddell supplied the team with helmets. Atlantic Sportswear provided apparel for the Netherlands and the team was outfitted in their famous "Orange" colors.

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