Critics of England’s latest game will call it a worryingly close fixture, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. England staff were aware of the threat Latvia could pose in the build up to this game, and the physical Latvian side came out to prove them right.
An early brace for England saw them take the lead, but it would be the last time they’d lead in the first half. Latvia managed to wrestle their way ahead, and maintain their lead for the first 40 minutes of lacrosse.
It was Ryan Hunns who shone for England, with deadly outside shooting proving enough to rack up a hat-trick and keep England within reach. At half-time England trailed 4-5 and would need to dig deep in order to pull the game back.
The English boys did exactly that, putting together some neat passing to end their difficulty finding the net. Hunns added 2 more to his tally to end the day with 5 and Zac Guy found his form with a second-half pair of goals and assists. England won the second half by a margin of 4 to take the win, 13-10, and advance still undefeated.
The next stop for England will be the Czech team, a side whose routes are firmly based in box lacrosse, so England can expect another physical encounter.