Men's Basketball Program Travels to Europe
May 16, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's basketball team will be taking a 10-day overseas trip to Europe from May 20-29, its first European foray since venturing to Italy in May 2007.
The team leaves Philadelphia on May 20 and arrives in Brussels, the Belgian capital city, the next day. Lafayette will play the first of four scheduled games on day three after a day of touring Brussels, a city founded in the 10th century by a descendant of Charlemagne. Brussels will serve as the team's home base during the trip.
Day four will include a day trip to London, the home of the 2012 Summer Olympics, via the Eurostar train. Another day trip to Amsterdam, the canal-lined capital of the Netherlands, follows on May 24.
Lafayette will return to Brussels on Friday for its second game, a prime-time tip-off. The Leopards will play back-to-back days, playing their third contest of the trip on Saturday, May 26 in Bruges in the Flemish region of Belgium.
Day eight of the trip takes the team to the France and its capital city of Paris for sightseeing. The trip closes with the Leopards playing their final game, an afternoon affair in Brussels.
Lafayette will return home on May 29.
With the recent completion of final exams, the team has begun practicing in preparation for the 10-day European excursion. Lafayette will be taking eight players (graduating seniors and incoming freshmen are not allowed to participate due to NCAA regulations) on the trip and all are expected to be available for game action.
"We are excited to have this opportunity to take our team overseas," said Lafayette head coach Fran O'Hanlon. "It will be a great cultural, bonding and basketball experience for our group."
Rising sophomore Joey Ptasinski will be chronicling the trip for the team with daily blog entries, photo galleries and video updates.