The University of Sheffield Lacrosse Men’s 1s fell to an 8-3 defeat against Northumbria University at Goodwin on Wednesday.
Despite coming into the game off the back of impressive back-to-back victories against the University of Leeds and Bangor University, Sheffield were unable to overcome the visitors, who continued their 100 per cent record in style.
It was an exciting start with both teams netting a goal each in quick succession. The two sides each created plenty
of goal scoring opportunities early on, but it was the visiting side that was able to convert them. Sheffield showed resilient defence, with an especially strong performance from their keeper, who pulled off a string of superb saves over the course of the match.
Despite Northumbria extending their lead over Sheffield at the end of the first half, the hosts continued to give it their all, counter-attacking on a regular basis.
Despite the high work rate, Sheffield were still struggling to find the net, allowing Northumbria to hold on to a lead they would increase to 8-2 in the third quarter.
Unnerved, Sheffield bagged one final goal to spark cheers from the ever-enthusiastic home supporters before the whistle blew.
Though Northumbria had prevailed with a comfortable gap between the two sides score-wise, Sheffield put in a commendable performance as their opponents opened up a commanding six-point lead in BUCS Northern 1A. The result could even be considered somewhat of a success, as 2015/16 Northern 1A runners-up and Trophy winners Northumbria
had put 11 goals past Sheffield Hallam University the preceding week.
Sheffield captain Adam Jones told Forge Sport: “We had so many good shots on goal that just went wide. The team always try and keep a winning mentality and if we continue to play as a unit we know we can do great things this season”.
Sheffield, who sit third in the division after suffering their second defeat of the season, take on close rivals Sheffield Hallam next week. There is a score to settle in next week’s fixture, with Sheffield out to avenge the 11-8 defeat they suffered at the hands of Hallam at Varsity in April.