Lacrosse in Spain

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Lacrosse in Spain
CountrySpain
Governing bodySpanish Lacrosse Association
National team(s)Men's national team
Women's national team
International competitions

Lacrosse in Spain has its origins in the 2000s in Madrid. It is currently governed by the Spanish Lacrosse Association.

Spanish Lacrosse Association[edit]

Agrupación Deportiva España Lacrosse
SportLacrosse
AbbreviationADEL
AffiliationEuropean Lacrosse Federation
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain
Official website
www.spainlacrosse.org
Spain

The Spanish Lacrosse Association (in Spanish: Agrupación Deportiva España Lacrosse) is the official governing body of lacrosse in Spain and is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and the European Lacrosse Federation. It was founded to develop and promote lacrosse within Spain.

It conducts the men's and the women's teams.

Club tournaments[edit]

LEL[edit]

The Liga Española de Lacrosse is the main lacrosse competition in Spain. Until 2013, it was usual that teams without enough players played combined. Since 2014, a new league format was approved dividing teams into LEL and LEL2, joining the LEL only the teams that have at least ten players.

In 2011, the league changed its name to Liga Ibérica de Lacrosse as Portuguese team ACM Coimbra participated in two stages of the league.[1]

Season Champion Runner-up Third
2009–10 Madrid Lacrosse UEM Lacrosse Sevilla+Barcelona
2010–11 UEM Lacrosse Sevilla Lacrosse Chamberí Lacrosse
2012–13 Madrid Lacrosse UC3M UH Gijón
2014 Madrid Lacrosse UH Gijón Montes Lacrosse
2015 Madrid Lacrosse UH Gijón Montes Lacrosse
2016 Madrid Lacrosse Sevilla Lacrosse Barcelona Bandits
2016–17 Madrid Lacrosse Sevilla Lacrosse Barcelona Dracs

LEL 2[edit]

The Liga Española de Lacrosse 2 was created in 2014 and is the second tier of the Spanish lacrosse league system. It is played in a 5x5 format between the reserve teams of LEL and teams that have few players.

Season Champion Runner-up Third
2014 Sevilla Lacrosse Barcelona Bandits Arcas Lax
2015 Sevilla Lacrosse
2016 Madrid Lacrosse Donosti Wolves Alicante Barefoots

LELF[edit]

The Liga Española de Lacrosse Femenino is the main women's league in Spain. It was played by the first time in 2014 with seven teams, four of them combined in two. In 2013 there were played several exhibition games during the LEL rounds between Madrid and Cuenca, the two first women's lacrosse teams in Spain.

Season Champion Runner-up Third
2014 Euskal Lacrosse Elkartea Madrid Lacrosse Arcas+Montes
2015 Euskal Lacrosse Elkartea Madrid Lacrosse
2016 Madrid Lacrosse Barcelona Bandits

Editions of the Spanish Lacrosse League[edit]

2014[edit]

The 2014 Liga Española de Lacrosse was the 4th edition of this tournament. Composed by three teams, it was the first edition played with a round-robin tournament with the clubs with more than 11 players in their roster.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MAD GIJ MON
1 Madrid Lacrosse (C) 4 4 0 0 51 12 +39 8 7–5 9–4
2 UH Gijón 3 1 0 2 12 28 −16 2 2–17 NP
3 Montes Lacrosse 3 0 0 3 9 32 −23 0 1–18 4–5
Source: Spain Lacrosse
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.

2015[edit]

The 2015 Liga Española de Lacrosse was the 5th edition of this tournament. Composed by four teams, it was played between 3 February and 14 June. ANV Cuervos retired after its first game (17–0 against Madrid) and all its games were declared with a result of 0–15; however, they are not included in this table.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MAD GIJ BIZ
1 Madrid Lacrosse (C) 4 3 0 1 45 23 +22 6 18–2 14–4
2 UH Gijón 4 3 0 1 32 24 +8 6 15–0 9–2
3 Bizkaia Black Crows 4 0 0 4 12 42 −30 0 2–13 4–6
Source: Spain Lacrosse
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.

2016[edit]

The 2016 Liga Española de Lacrosse was the 6th edition of this tournament. Composed by four teams, it was played between 4 March and 19 June with a double round-robin tournament format, giving 2 points for a win and one points for a loss. Cancelled games would penalise the team implied with four points.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts MAD SEV BAR BIZ
1 Madrid Lacrosse[a] (C) 10 8 1 1 45 33 +12 13 7–4
1–7
6–6
14–0
9–0
9–0
2 Sevilla Lacrosse[a] 6 1 1 4 28 30 −2 7 4–6
4–6
c c
3 Barcelona Bandits[a] 10 3 4 3 52 38 +14 6 2–6
6–9
4–4
6–5
5–5
5–5
4 Bizkaia Black Crows[a] 6 0 2 4 22 46 −24 6 c c 6–9
6–9
Source: Spain Lacrosse
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Points adjustment due to cancelled matches:
    Madrid Lacrosse (–4), Sevilla Lacrosse (+4), Barcelona Bandits (–4), Bizkaia Black Crows (+4)

2016–17[edit]

The 2016–17 Liga Española de Lacrosse was the 7th edition of the main Spanish Lacrosse League. For this edition, the old division between LEL and LEL2 was abolished and a new competition system was instated. The seven teams were divided into two conferences:

  • Eastern Conference: Alicante Barefoots, Cuenca Lacrosse and Barcelona Dracs
  • Western Conference: Lisboa Gladiators, Sevilla Lacrosse, Madrid Lacrosse and Montes Lacrosse

Each team would play home and away against the other two teams of its conference and will play also one more game home and other away against two different teams, totalling six games played per team. The inter-conference games were decided taking the distance of the teams as main criteria.[2]

The seven first qualified teams overall will qualify directly to the quarterfinals while the two bottom teams will play themselves a previous game to qualify.

Regular season[edit]

Regular season started on 29 October 2016 and ended on 22 April 2017.

Pos Cnf Team Pld W L GF GA GD Qualification SEV MAD BAR ALI MON CUE LIS
1 W Sevilla Lacrosse 6 6 0 85 18 +67 Semifinals 15–4 17–3 20–1
2 W Madrid Lacrosse 6 5 1 69 15 +54 Quarterfinals 8–0 0–8[a] 16–0
3 E Barcelona Dracs 6 5 1 65 38 +27 5–16 9–8 8–0
4 E Alicante Barefoots 6 2 4 55 42 +13 2–9 11–12 19–1
5 W Montes Lacrosse 6 2 4 41 59 −18 7–14 1–11 0–17
6 E Cuenca Lacrosse 6 1 5 16 76 −60 3–14 3–15 6–2
7 W Lisboa Gladiators 6 0 6 7 91 −84 1–10 1–18 2–21
  1. ^ Match given to Montes due to illegal alignment of Madrid. It originally ended 21–3 for Madrid.

Playoffs[edit]

The playoffs took part in Madrid on 6 and 7 May 2017.

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
7 May
 
 
Sevilla Lacrosse12
 
6 May
 
Alicante Barefoots9
 
Alicante Barefoots12
 
7 May
 
Montes Lacrosse2
 
Sevilla Lacrosse7
 
6 May
 
Madrid Lacrosse14
 
Madrid Lacrosse
 
7 May
 
Lisboa Gladiators (w)
 
Madrid Lacrosse9
 
6 May
 
Barcelona Dracs4 Third place
 
Barcelona Dracs16
 
7 May
 
Cuenca Lacrosse0
 
Alicante Barefoots8
 
 
Barcelona Dracs9
 
 
Fifth place
 
  
 
7 May
 
 
Montes Lacrosse5
 
 
Cuenca Lacrosse2
 

2017–18[edit]

The 2017–18 Liga Española de Lacrosse is the 8th edition of the Spanish Lacrosse League. The seven teams from the previous season and the reserve team of Barcelona Dracs will join the competition. These eight teams were divided into the same conferences as in the previous season:

  • Eastern Conference: Alicante Barefoots, Cuenca Bucks, Barcelona Dracs and Barcelona Dracs B
  • Western Conference: Lisboa Gladiators, Sevilla Lacrosse, Madrid Lacrosse and Montes Lacrosse

Regular season[edit]

The regular season started on 11 November 2017.

Pos Cnf Team Pld W L GF GA GD Qualification MAD BAR SEV ALI BAB MON CUE LIS
1 W Madrid Lacrosse 3 3 0 43 8 +35 Quarterfinals 13–6 15–0
2 E Barcelona Dracs 3 3 0 58 28 +30 15–7 15–7 28–8
3 W Sevilla Lacrosse 1 1 0 21 1 +20 3–10 20–0
4 E Alicante Barefoots 2 1 1 21 22 −1 13–15 8–7 16–6
5 E Barcelona Dracs B 3 1 2 21 29 −8 3–21 4–16 7–6
6 W Montes Lacrosse 2 0 2 8 28 −20 2–15 2–18 6–5
7 E Cuenca Bucks 2 0 2 14 35 −21 6–22 5–6 8–14
8 W Lisboa Gladiators 2 0 2 1 36 −35 1–11 1–21

Playoffs[edit]

Playoffs took part in Seville.

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barcelona Dracs15
 
 
 
Sevilla Lacrosse9
 
Sevilla Lacrosse4
 
 
 
Cuenca Lacrosse2
 
Barcelona Dracs13
 
 
 
Madrid Lacrosse12
 
Madrid Lacrosse6
 
 
 
Barcelona Dracs B3
 
Madrid Lacrosse13
 
 
 
Alicante Barefoots9 Third place
 
Alicante Barefoots13
 
 
 
Lisboa Gladiators2
 
Sevilla Lacrosse1
 
 
Alicante Barefoots10
 
Fifth position group
  • Cuenca Lacrosse 2–4 Barcelona Dracs B
  • Barcelona Dracs B 5–2 Lisboa Gladiators
  • Cuenca Lacrosse 9–3 Lisboa Gladiators

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liga Ibérica de Lacrosse". Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Liga Española Lacrosse – Senior Masculina" (in Spanish). Spain Lacrosse. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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