Women’s Lacrosse 1s qualified for the Northern Conference Cup semi-finals after beating York 2s 14 – 5 in a mixture of hail and sleet on Wednesday.
After they beat Lancaster 27-7 in the previous round, a similar score could have been predicted after Sheffield took a first minute advantage with a goal from Clare Wandless after a pass from Holly Knowles.
The early lead set the tone for Sheffield who remained ahead for the rest of the match despite some good passages of play from York.
Sheffield’s lead was extended to 4-0 after some good passages of play, Knowles adding her name to the score-sheet after the initial assist and Clare Wandless extended her own tally to two.
As the snow started to fall York gained some momentum and scored three goals to reduce the Sheffield lead in the first half.
The momentum was with York midway in the first half after a strong Sheffield start, but Sheffield were able to step up a gear, with Anne-Marie du Preez scoring two quick goals to establish the black and gold’s position again.
It took a great reaction save with her foot from the York goalkeeper just before half-time to deny Anne-Marie du Preez another goal.
Sheffield started the second half in the same way as they ended the first, with a great save from goalkeeper Emma Willan to keep the Sheffield lead to three goals.
A well-placed goal by Louise Litten made it 7-3 and a minute later her second shot hit the post, but the tone for the game had been set.
Sheffield added to their lead, scoring goals on a regular basis to deny York any chance of getting themselves back into the game and defending well.
Captain Ellie Durband, after the game, said: “There was great teamwork with some great energy from everyone.
“We played as a unit and used all our skills to beat York 2s.”
The women’s 1s will take on Bradford 1sts in the semi-final on February 28.