HANOVER, Ind. – Current Hanover women's lacrosse player Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) experienced some international flavor of lacrosse during her recent trip to Australia with Beyond Sports Tours.
Fogus, a three-time all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference selection, participated in Beyond Sports women's lacrosse trip to Australia this summer, from July 27 through Aug. 7. The incoming senior was one of 39 athletes from colleges and universities around the United States that competed on three separate teams.
During the trip, Fogus was paired with athletes from all three NCAA divisions to compete in three games against regional and club Australian teams. The tour group also traveled to three of the most popular cities in the country, including Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne.
"It was an incredible experience," stated Fogus about her overall thoughts on the trip, "I am thankful I had the opportunity to go and it was cool to be able to see how the game of lacrosse is growing around the world."
On the field, Fogus continued to find success just as she does her in the States, totaling seven goals in the three game stretch, as her team also won two of the three contests. With some rule differences between the game in the U.S. and Australia, it took the Hanover athlete some time to adjust.
"Their lacrosse rules are a little different than ours so getting used to those was probably one of the hardest things to adjust to during the trip."
When asked about adjusting to the culture off the field Fogus added, "It was quite easy due to how welcoming everyone was. The locals that we encountered were excited to chat with us about our experiences not only in Australia, but also to learn which part of the U.S. we were coming from."
Fogus' experiences off the lacrosse field included multiple tours, such as the Darling Harbor in Sydney and the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, as well as snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and learning to play Australian football from professional coaches in Cairns.
Beyond Sports was established in 2010 and has grown into one of the world leaders in international sports tours, having over 1,300 athlete alums. They create mutually beneficial opportunities for U.S. student-athletes, international athletes and international youth to enjoy a life-changing cross-cultural experience through sport.
"Being able to play with athletes from around the world has made me a better lacrosse player. We had to adjust to differing levels and styles of play rapidly in order to play well together."
"Practicing and playing with girls that compete at higher divisions than I do was incredible and the amount of talent out there was astounding. This was definitely a growing experience and although the trip was short, I have become a better player for it."
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Contact: Tyler Jester