The University of Sheffield won the inaugural men’s lacrosse 2s Varsity match after a 5-2 victory over Sheffield Hallam at Hallam Sports Park.
This is the first year both universities have had a second team in lacrosse and, as a result, the match between Uni and Hallam was introduced to the Varsity schedule for the first time.
The University of Sheffield won both of the two league encounters this season and it took Uni just three minutes to open the scoring when Hugo Chung fired past the Hallam goalkeeper, much to the delight of the University of Sheffield supporters.
The miserable weather conditions certainly didn’t dampen the spirits or voice of the Uni supporters, who were mostly the women’s lacrosse side, with the men’s 1s playing in Bath in the BUCS Trophy final. The University of Sheffield supporters came within seconds of seeing Uni end the first quarter with the advantage, but James Bonsor
cancelled out Chung’s opening goal.
Bonsor didn’t appear to be in a shooting position as the Uni defence appeared to be blocking his path to goal. However, Bonsor’s shot from distance beat Isaac Tweedale in the Uni goal and found the bottom right corner to equalise for Hallam with the last action of the opening quarter.
As the game lumbered through the second quarter, with both defences producing solid performances, the score remained extremely low by lacrosse’s lofty standards, especially considering both league meetings with the pair saw 11 goals.
Ned Swift did restore the University of Sheffield’s advantage with just under 10 minutes left before half-time, cutting in from the right, before shooting past the Hallam goalkeeper. Hallam drew level once again just before the end of the second quarter to leave the score finely poised at 2-2 heading into the final two quarters.
Giacomo Luke put the University of Sheffield back ahead with a long-range effort with nine minutes to go of the third quarter, but it was not until the final minutes of the fourth quarter that Uni made the game safe. Luke scored his second goal of the game with just three minutes left, before Adam Phillips sealed the Varsity point for Uni less than a minute later.
Captain Isaac Tweedale told Forge Sport: “I can’t really describe what it feels like to win, especially against Hallam on their turf as well. The boys are a testament to themselves; they can be very proud of their dedication and work ethic.”