Princeton Plays in Costa Rica, Hofstra at Games in Tokyo

The future of Costa Rican lacrosse depends on getting enough of these kids to buy into the sport and not put their sticks down the second a soccer ball appears.

It's a grass roots effort to be sure for the Costa Rican national lacrosse team.

Having an American college team come to play for the first time was a huge moment

And a pretty heartfelt one.

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Hofstra at the International Lacrosse Friendship Games

Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Pride recently traveled on a nine-day trip to Tokyo, Japan for the 2012 International Lacrosse Friendship Games. A daily combination of blogs from Hofstra student-athletes and staff appears below.

Daily Blog

Wednesday, May 30
An air of excitement and anticipation surrounds Margiotta Hall as 37 Pride players and seven staff members load luggage into a Hofstra truck and board the Coach USA bus for the trip to La Guardia Airport. Delta Airlines has been great to us and we got off just a little late to Detroit and on-time from Detroit to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda).

Thursday, May 31
With a 13-hour time advantage, the team arrived in Tokyo at 11:30 p.m. local time Thursday night, which is 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning in New York. We are tired but still excited. After meeting some Japan Lacrosse Association dignitaries at the airport, the team boards the bus for a night at the Prince Hotel. Some of the guys went to Roppongi, which is a section of Tokyo's Minato ward famous for its dining and entertainment and geared squarely at visitors from other countries. The rest are looking for a good night of sleep..

Friday, June 1
Our first full day in Japan was a busy day for everyone. We had a team breakfast at the Prince Hotel at 10:00 a.m. At 11:30, with everyone dressed in business suits, we left the hotel by bus for the trip to the Edogawa City Civic Center for a Welcome Reception hosted by the Japan Lacrosse Association (JLA) and the host families. A very nice affair that was attended by the Honorable Masami Tada, Mayor of Edogawa City. We enjoyed the group photos with the team and dignitaries as well as getting to meet our host families.

The man who was instrumental in putting this trip together and Coach Tierney's teammate from Johns Hopkins, Yusuke Sasaki, IS THE MAN ! He is also Director of the JLA.

We returned to the Prince Hotel around 2:30. The players packed up, checked out and departed the hotel to move in with host families. We will be with the families for two nights before returning to the hotel Sunday night after the contest against the National Team of Japan. While the players depart for dinner with their hosts, the staff stays in the hotel. Tomorrow will be even more busy with the first day of competition against a Tokyo All-Star Team at 11:00 a.m. and a clinic where more than 200 students are expected to attend.

Saturday, June 2
With the Pride players at host family houses and the staff at the Prince Hotel, the Hofstra team thought it was easier just to meet at the field today at Rinkai Field. There were many great stories from the players of their 'homestays'. Our hosts were gracious enough to take the guys out for the real flavor of Tokyo and not just the tourist areas.

Our game today against the Tokyo Select All-Star team was really, more of a scrimmage that it was a game but it was spirited nonetheless. The players received bandanas from the Tokyo squad and we gave the All-Stars a commemorative Hofstra Lacrosse Japan Tour 2012 tee-shirt. A good time was had by all and, in case you were wondering, no score was kept. Everyone was so happy. It was awesome.

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