NETANYA, Israel - Former Poets Sam Russell '12 and Thomas Brook '14 are representing England during the FIL World Lacrosse Championships.
During the Championships England went 1-4 getting outscored 32-64 in pool play with losses to Canada (12-6), Iroquois Nationals (18-7), Australia (7-6), and the United States (19-2). Their lone win coming against Scotland (11-8).
Sam Russell (Stockport, England)
Growing up he was an integral member of Poynton lacrosse club. Following his success in the Northern Premier League, Sam moved to Hudson, Ohio to play lacrosse for Western Reserve Academy.
After graduating from W.R.A and Cheadle and Maple Sixth Form College in the UK, Sam enrolled at Whittier College to play for the Purple & Gold, while majoring in Business Administration. During his time at Whittier, Sam also captained the England U19 National team in the Vancouver 2009 U19 World Championships and represented the England Senior National team in the Manchester 2010 World Championships.
Through those experiences, Sam has become increasingly familiar with the lacrosse communities on both sides of the Atlantic. He then became a mainstay in the England senior squad, winning gold at both the 2012 & 2016 European Championships as well as being selected for both the 2010, 2014, and now 2018 World Championships.
He currently serves as the main coordinator for LacrossethePond with the applicants in the US and with the university team members in the UK.
Thomas Brook (Puyallup, WA)
The 2016 European Championships was Tom's first time representing England at the international level, helping the team to claim the gold medal.
He began his lacrosse career at age 13. He then came to Whittier College and earned NCAA All-American and Scholar All-American honors his senior year (2014), while majoring in Biology. He then went on to earn an MSc degree at the University of Leeds and led the Gryphons to their first BUCS championship. Tom now proudly represents the Poynton Lacrosse Club and represented Cheshire at the senior level.
Over his four years at Whittier he played in 48 games as a defender with five goals and four assists, picking up 161 groundballs, while causing 83 turnovers.