The University of Sheffield’s men’s lacrosse 1s suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 7-1 to the University of Newcastle on matchday two.
If Sheffield’s thrilling 10-10 draw with city rivals Sheffield Hallam last week showed their intent for the season, Newcastle’s 17-2 victory over the University of Leeds certainly showed the visitors’ attacking prowess.
Aware of the threat their opponents posed, Sheffield managed to contain Newcastle for large parts of the game at Norton, while Sheffield had chances themselves as the visitors’ victory was far less commanding than the scoreline suggests.
It was Newcastle that edged in front in what was a tight first quarter. Sheffield absorbed Newcastle’s early pressure, before it was the hosts turn to put the away side under pressure. Sheffield looked the team more likely to score as Ben Page-Laycock, Rory Goldring and Matt Tatton all went close for the hosts.
However, it was Newcastle that had a one goal lead after the first 20 minutes through Rob Baldwyn after the attacker found a gap in the Sheffield defence. Sheffield had chances to draw back level in the second quarter, but three goals in the final 10 minutes of the quarter saw Sheffield trail 4-0 at half-time and left the hosts with an uphill struggle.
As Sheffield pressed in search of a way back into the game, Newcastle defended resolutely before launching on the counter. Tim Deehan scored Newcastle’s fifth goal from distance, before Sam Merrion made it 6-0 in the final minutes of the third quarter following a quick Newcastle break.
Connor Doyle capitalised on Sheffield being a man down, as the hosts served a penalty, to score Newcastle’s seventh and final goal. Matt Tatton then scored what can only be described as a consolation goal for Sheffield in the final ten minutes of the game. Tatton’s shot from distance hit the underneath of the cross, before bouncing down behind the goalline.
There was, however, good news for the men’s 2s as they beat Sheffiled Hallam 7-4 in only their second ever game.
Adam Jones, the captain of the men’s first team, said: “It is pretty hard to take; the scoreline doesn’t reflect the game in anyway. We didn’t concede a single goal from settled play; it was all breakaway goals. Our attack came close on so many occasions; one goal does not do us justice.”
Ahead of their next match against Bangor University next Wednesday, Jones said: “It is going to be a win next week. I promise you it is going to be a win next week.”