Grads enjoy European vacation

2 Bishop’s alumni play lacrosse

It isn’t unusual for students to visit Europe after they graduate from college. But Nick Eggemeyer and Mike D. Jensen got to go before they enrolled, and the vehicle that got them across the pond was lacrosse.

Eggemeyer and Jensen, who graduated from The Bishop’s School this spring and played for the Knights for the last four years, traveled in June to play in three European cities with the Global Starz lacrosse program. The 10-day trip took them to Berlin; Prague, Czech Republic; and London, and along with providing them the opportunity to play some high-level lacrosse, opened their eyes to cultures they hadn’t previously experienced.

“It was just an amazing, amazing opportunity,” Eggemeyer said.

Global Starz is a lacrosse organization that puts on tournaments, mostly in the United States, for high-level players in college and high school. The organization scheduled a trip to Europe for the first time last year, and this year brought two teams - a “USA Red” team made up mostly of college upperclassmen and a “USA Blue” team, which consisted of college underclassmen and graduating high school seniors.

Eggemeyer and Jensen played for the blue team. That team finished sixth in a tournament in Berlin. It then finished second (to the Starz’s red team) in a tournament in Prague, and then defeated a group from the Welsh national team outside of London.

Between lacrosse games, there was plenty of time to experience the local culture, whether it was attending a party put on by the team from Wales or visiting historic sites in Berlin, Prague and London.

“It was a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” Eggemeyer said. “There were some great friendships made. It was a really great way to get to meet people.”

Eggemeyer said Prague was his favorite city of the three the team visited. He enjoyed visiting many of the tourist sites there and seeing things he had only read about or seen in pictures.

“Everything there was amazing,” he said. “The city really had a big impact on me, and we all had a great time.”

Eggemeyer, a defenseman who plans to play lacrosse at the University of Denver this fall, has played for the West Coast Starz for four years, and was invited to join USA Starz on the Europe trip this summer. He said the decision to travel to Europe was a no-brainer.

Jensen did not respond to an interview request for this story. He has committed to play college lacrosse at Washington and Lee this fall.

Eggemeyer and Jensen helped Bishop’s to a 15-3 record last year. The Knights earned the No. 3 seed in the CIF San Diego Section playoffs and won their first game, but fell, 8-7, to unseeded Cathedral Catholic in the second round.

Both players made the All-Coastal League team as they helped the Knights to a league championship.