Continuing the preparatory phase of the European Championships, the Latvian Men’s Lacrosse Team started their way yesterday to the German capital city of Berlin, where the 22nd annual Berlin Open will take place. The Latvian National Team will go to the tournament for the sixth time and will try to better the achievements of the previous year, when they won 2nd place.
This year’s tournament , men’s competition will participate 16 teams from nine different countries (USA , Germany, Czech Republic , Poland, Japan , Hong Kong, Switzerland , Ireland and Latvia) , which are divided into four subgroups. Team Latvia was in the “Black” group. The first day of competition included games against Team Hong Kong, Team Switzerland and club team German Oaks from Germany. In order to advance to the playoffs, teams needed to finish in the top two spots of their respective bracket. The teams who do not advance will be playing for ninth-sixteenth place finishes. Tournament rules state that a group of the tournament games are played with a shorter play time – 2 halves , each 25 minutes. Playoff games will be played in 4 quarters , each 15 minutes, but only finals being played at
international rules and the full game time- 4 x 20 min.
Here is Team Latvia’s schedule for Friday’s preliminary games: