The University of Sheffield Men’s Lacrosse 1s secured their first win of the season in style with an emphatic 19-5 victory over Bangor University.
After a thrilling 10-10 draw with Sheffield Hallam and a 7-1 defeat to the University of Newcastle, Sheffield produced a dominant and commanding performance against Bangor to round off a perfect afternoon for the University’s Lacrosse teams, following a pair of wins for the Women’s 1s and Men’s 2s.
It was Bangor who took the lead in just the third minute of the match, but two goals from Ben Page-Laycock saw Sheffield lead 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.
The attacker did not have to wait long to complete his hat-trick as he extended Sheffield’s advantage to two goals inside the opening five minutes of the second quarter.
The rest of the second period saw the momentum constantly shifting between both sides, but the hosts managed to maintain their lead. Marcus Goodlad quickly restored Sheffield’s two goal lead after Josh Happ reduced Bangor’s deficit to one.
Page-Laycock increased the hosts’ advantage to three, before Happ scored his second goal of the game to drag the visitors back into the game and make it 5-3 at the end of the second quarter.
While Sheffield had been dominant, they were unable to build a comfortable lead in the first half. The hosts, however, soon stepped up their game in a brilliant third quarter that saw them score seven goals in quick succession, conceding just once to take what would prove to be an unassailable 12-4 lead into the final quarter.
Kei Ishizaka scored two goals in the third quarter, but the pick of the goals was a free-flowing attacking move by Sheffield which was finished off by Ollie Murray for his first goal of the match, while defender Alex Burley scored from distance after gaining possession from the face-off.
Sheffield continued to extend their advantage in the final quarter as Ben Page-Laycock scored his fifth goal, Matt Tatton and Ollie Murray both completed their hat-tricks, while Ben Scola, Max Champneys and Chris Gardner all got on the scoresheet.
The win for the 1s rounded off a successful day for the University of Sheffield’s Lacrosse teams. The Women’s 1s started their away campaign in style as they cantered to a 25-3 thrashing of the University of York 2s, while the Men’s 2s overcame Liverpool John Moores 1s 5-4 in a thriller.
Men’s 1s captain Adam Jones told Forge Sport after the final whistle: “We have been close to getting our first victory; we have kept working hard and it has paid off.
“We have had some extra training sessions, which have made a big difference to us, we have brought some new plays into our game and it really is about practicing together.”