VARSITY 2014: MEET THE TEAMS

27 Feb

With Varsity countdown well underway and only 2 days to go, meet the Blues and Kingfishers 2014 teams who are set to battle it out against the Dark Side on Saturday. GDBO.

Blues 2014:

Captains: Daniella Allard & Chesca Hirst

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Top row L-R: Katie Wren (Caius), Sophie Moss (Murray Edwards), Sophie Morrill (Sidney Sussex), Anna Pugh (Christ’s), Phoebe Harlow (Downing), FM Gardiner (Murray Edwards), Eleanor Duck (Queens), Ari Midgen (Murray Edwards).

Bottom row L-R: Steph MacAulay (Emmanuel), Lara Pleydell-Bouverie (Sidney Sussex), Daniella Allard (Robinson), Chesca Hirst (Fitzwilliam), Ro Sharp (Girton), Marina Lindsay Brown (Murray Edwards), Katie Lehovsky (Robinson).

Absent: Alana Livesey (Churchhill), Anna Murch (Hughes Hall).

Kingies 2014:

Captains: Francesca Ritchie & Lexi Boreham

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Top row L-R: Hannah Ronald (Girton), Hattie Wilson (Corpus Christi), Emilie Delacave (Sidney Sussex), Chloe Fox (Trinity), Emma Gerrard (Robinson), Elle Manners (Queens), Felicity Villar (Queens).

Bottom L-R: Serenydd Everden (Downing), India Dunn (Trinity), Lucy Evans (Queens), Francesca Ritchie (Murray Edwards), Emma Pollock (Homerton), Lexi Boreham (St Catharines), Ami Clark (Trinity).

Absent: Emma Walsh (Caius), Emma Shearer (Downing).

Blues & Kingies through to the BUCS Semis!

27 Feb

Yesterday saw two huge games for both Blues and Kingies as they came up against Loughborough and Southampton respectively in their BUCS Quarters matches. Both came out with stunning victories, Blues winning 8-6 and Kingies 20-12.

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Blues 8 – 6 Loughborough (H)

The Blues had a nail biting BUCS quater-final on Wednesday against Loughborough. The game opened with the Bues seizing possession and Anna Pugh scoring early on. However this was quickly answered by Loughborough, who played a particularly physical game, leaving them 3-1 up at half time. The second half was where the bulk of the action lay. The Blues held strong in defense, with Harlow in particular, coping with Anderson’s challenges particularly well. A highlight of the game was Hirst taking on the Loughborough goalie, forcing her to fling the ball into Lehovsky’s stick, for an open shot on goal. Goals also came from Morrill and a hat trick from Allard. With 6 minutes to go, the score was 6 all. After a time out, Cambridge quickly scored twice, with the final coming from Pleydell-Bouverie and after a few minutes of possesion play, the socre ended at 8-6. Goalie, Ari Midgen, was the woman of the match for the 3rd match running, for her outstanding saves and clears.

Kingies 20 –  12 Southampton (A)

The squad arrived in Southampton, excited for what we knew would be a demanding, high-stakes game to reach the BUCS semi finals. Playing for the first time this year on astro, and for once is very warm weather, the game was extremely tight for the first 10 minutes -  with the teams scoring alternately through a series of quick goals. Recognising the need to keep the pace calm and controlled, and to play our game not theirs, Cambridge stepped up their game and pulled ahead. Some excellent high-pressure defence shut out Southampton’s key attackers, frustrating them into mistakes and leading to turnovers. With both fast breaks and settled play delivering great goals, and a fantastic penalty from Serenyyd Everden, the score stood at 10-5 at half time.

Entering the second half Cambridge kept possession, controlling the game, and by the end of the third quarter all attackers had put the ball in the net, with several goals each from Serenydd (MoM), and freshers Emma Walsh, Hattie Wilson and India Dunn. In the last 15 minutes Southampton came back strong – refusing to let Cambridge take the win without putting up a fight. Despite several brilliant saves from goalie Chloe Fox, the score-line pulled a little closer. However the Light Blues maintained their focus, demonstrating great team fitness and some excellent stick skills in transition, resulting in two further goals for Cambridge. The final score stood at 20-12 as the whistle blew – an excellent game for the Kingfishers, and the best possible preparation ahead of Varsity this Saturday.

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Double Draw for CUWLC’s Double Header vs the Other Place

31 Jan

Wednesday 29th was a momentous day for CUWLC for many reasons, not least as it was President Marina Lindsay-Brown’s 21st Birthday, but also as it was a double header clash for both teams against Oxford. Both teams ended with a draw on the final whistle, both teams endured grim weather conditions and both teams look set to come up against strong opposition and very tense matches in Varsity on Saturday 1st March.

Cambridge Blues 7 – 7 Oxford Blues (A) 

The blues found a challenging match in their final pre-varsity clash against Oxford on Wednesday. In pouring rain and on a particularly muddy pitch, the Light Blues opened the game with a goal from Sophie Morrill. This was followed by goals from Pugh, Allard and Pleydell-Bouverie, however Oxford found holes in the defensive unit, scoring 5 goals before half-time. This left the team down by one with a half-time score of 5-4 to Oxford. After a rousing team talk, and identifying Oxford’s tendency to work off individuals on fast breaks rather than the settled team play Cambridge utilise, the second half saw the Light Blues come out and raise every aspect of their game. Special mention goes to the defensive unit for resisting Oxford’s attempts at goal after a yellow card left the Light Blues man down in a crucial moment. Further goals from Marina Lindsay-Brown (assisted by Alana Livesey) and two more from Morrill brought the score at full time to 7-all. Woman of the match goes to goalie Ari Midgen, for the second week in a row, for her exceptional saves and supportive defensive play in pressured situations.

Cambridge Kingies 8 – 8 Oxford Swifts (H)

In a similar fashion the Kingies battled it out hard for this draw against Oxford. With a strong start from us the score sat at a comfortable 7-4, but this gave Oxford the impetus to dig deep and fight back, slightly catching the Kingies off guard. Serenydd Everden was tireless at centre, as was India Dunn in defence with her notorious full-pitch sprints leaving the Oxford players bewildered. First goal of the game from Hattie Wilson, followed by Emilie Delacave on a superb drive to goal, Emma Shearer and Emma Walsh. Special credit must go to the Cambridge D, led by Chessie Ritchie for keeping Oxford out in a crucial moment when we were man down due to an unfortunate yellow card. Oxford’s attempt to play possession was thwarted by Cambridge’s stamina and determination, and the final minutes ended with Felicity Villar’s goal in the dying moments of the game to equalise. Men of the Match go to Chessie Ritchie and Ami Clarke for their infinite energy and fight.

Blues’ Defiant Exeter Take Down

28 Jan

Last Wednesday, the Blues secured their 8th league win in a thrilling second clash against Exeter. The game opened with the Blues defence holding out the challenging Exeter attack and a turnover led to Anna Pugh scoring swiftly. Exeter soon scored an equalizer, but for the rest of the first half, the defensive unit was infallible and Exeter could not score again. Going into the second half with a score of 5-1, Exeter came back fighting, and managed to score during the second half, however this could not match the phenomenal play of the Blues. The top scorers were Pugh and Morrill, with 4, followed by 2 from Pleydell-Bouverie and Allard, and a special mention goes to Alana Livesey who returned to the Blues team with an exceptional game. The final score was 15-5 with the woman of the match going to goalie Ari Midgen.

The Blues will now finish the league with a key meet against Oxford, which takes place tomorrow at 1pm, University Parks, Oxford.

The Kingies play Oxford Swifts tomorrow at home, 1.30pm, Fulbrooke Road pitches.

CUWLC Midseason Report

12 Jan

Cambridge Lacrosse has once again gone from strength to strength over Michaelmas term. Our new members have been such a crucial addition this year, ‘effortlessly merging into the attack unit’ (Lindsay Brown) and challenging even the strongest attack in defence. With the freshers now settled in, the making of two fantastic teams is well under way.

The Kingies have had a huge intake of eleven new players this season. Amazingly, they took no time to come together as a unit and have played astounding team-focused lacrosse throughout the term. Led by senior players Francesca Ritchie and Lexi Boreham as captains, the Kingies have secured some inspiring wins over strong opposition. Most notably, they fought for an emphatic win over Warwick – a team they hadn’t beaten for over two years. With determination and a well-organised game plan, the Kingfisher attack ‘not only retained possession, but effectively converted it into great shots and goals’ (Gerrard). A frustrated Warwick could do nothing to contain the fluidity and powerful spirit of the Kingfisher team.

A comeback victory over Birmingham ‘in genuinely the worst weather we’ve ever experienced’ (a dramatic Francesca Ritchie) was another highlight, as well as an epic win over King’s in BUCS. King’s managed to get an equaliser in the dying seconds of the game but Cambridge ‘worked together to play possession and kept calm in extra time to win’ (Evans). The Kingfishers now progress to the next round of BUCS and they await to hear who they will take on next.

The Blues have won all of their matches this term bar one. Particular highlights include convincing wins against Oxford and Exeter. The squad travelled down to Exeter the night before their league match to ensure they were fully rested for the big game. The team showed unbelievable fighting spirit and fought under immense pressure to secure the win. President Lindsay Brown particularly praised the captains’ ‘hard work (which) ignited the whole team across the pitch’. There were moments of enviable flair from start to finish all as well as clear demonstrations of grit and tenacity. It was by no means an easy game and the girls were thrilled to get this result over a much-respected Exeter team.

The Oxford game was, of course, a big occasion for both sides. The new Blues freshers, FM Gardiner, Eleanor Duck, Katie Lehovsky and Sophie Morrill had their first experience of a Varsity clash and stepped up to the plate with solid performances. The defence overcame a strong attack set up from Oxford to gain control in the latter stages of the game. In turn, the attack pulled off crucial goals from both team and individual efforts, meaning that ‘although the opposition were strong, we all pulled together’ (Lehovsky) to seal the win. This was indeed an encouraging display with Varsity now being only two months away.

The Blues did lose out to Bristol, however, in the second leg of their league fixture in Cambridge. Bristol came out with admirable fighting spirit and gained a wide lead early on that Cambridge just couldn’t make up. Although the Blues fought back to decrease the gap to two goals, Bristol had already secured their victory with an extremely strong start. This was the final game of Michaelmas term and the team were extremely disappointed to not attain a clean sheet at the midway point. There were a lot of lessons learned from the game and the Blues look to use them for positive momentum going in to Lent term.

And so, Cambridge Lacrosse comes in to Lent term with everything to fight for. With both teams showing potential for great things, it is an exciting time for the whole squad. Both Varsity and BUCS are in the forefront of our minds and we’re looking forward to another eight weeks of hard graft and deserved results.

Dani Allard and Chesca Hirst – Co-Captains 2013-14

 

Blues & Kingies at the Top of their Leagues

2 Jan

With the CUWLC squad over half way through their season and away on Christmas break, both teams have finished at the top of their respective leagues, which is an outstanding achievement and sets them in good stead for the matches to be played in 2014. Excellent helmsmanship from Chesca Hirst and Dani Allard means the Blues have 18 points in the Premiership South League, followed by the Oxford Blues who are sitting in second place with 14 points. Francesca Ritchie and Lexi Boreham have skilfully captained the Kingies to 18 points as well, and are closely followed by Warwick 1sts who trail with 15 points.

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BUCS Midlands 1A Scoreboard

BUCS Midlands 1A Scoreboard

GDBO, check

2 Jan
The victorious Light Blues

The victorious Light Blues.
Top Row L-R: Gardiner, Midgen, Lehovsky, Morrill, Pleydell-Bouverie, Pugh, Lindsay-Brown, MacAulay.
Bottom row L-R: Harlow, Sharp, Allard, Hirst, Wren, Duck.

Cambridge Blues 11 – 6 Oxford Blues (H)

The Blues found an exciting battle in their first clash against Oxford at home on Wednesday 13 Nov 2013. The match opened with Cambridge taking control of the play leading to an opening goal from Anna Pugh. The first half of the match saw Cambridge in possession, and goals came from Pleydell- Bouverie and co-captain Hirst, however Oxford capitalized any opportunities presented to them, leading to a half time score of 5-4. After half time the Blues stepped up all aspects of their game and dealt with Oxford’s attacking play sublimely. All Light Blues gave their all in the midfield to defend; key to the defence success were Sharp, Gardiner and Harlow, along with ever solid goalie, Midgen. Pugh and Pleydell-Bouverie completed their hat tricks – along with goals from Morill, co-captain Allard and two from Lehovsky to give a full time score of 11-6. Ex-captain Anna Pugh was the man of the match for her exceptional mid-field play along with her three key goals.

CUWLC on Fire

7 Nov

The victorious Blues after a 14-11 defeat of Exeter. MOM goes to Katie Lehovsky.

 

A triumphant Kingies team beat Warwick 14-4. MOM goes to GK Chloe Fox.

A triumphant Kingies team beat Warwick 14-4. MOM goes to GK Chloe Fox.

 

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CUWLC Kickstarts Season with Two Victories

25 Oct

Cambridge Blues 17 – 5 Bath 1sts (Away)

A later than planned start did nothing to deter the new Blues team, who came out firing from the first whistle. England International, Ruby Smith, opened the match with a fantastic goal for Bath, but Cambridge kept cool, and responded with a flurry of goals from Pleydell-Bouverie, Pugh, Allard and freshers Lehovsky and Morrill. The Cambridge defence kept out Bath’s key players with strong communication, and took several calculated risks that paid off in turnovers.  Notable mention goes to Francis-May Gardiner who was instrumental in defence and put intense pressure on Bath’s threatening players. Half time saw Cambridge up 10-1. Bath responded in the opening minutes of the second half with two successive goals. The Blues then composed themselves and continued to attack with style, led by Morrill who was the lead goal scorer for the game with a total of five. Marina Lindsay Brown also scored her first goal for the Blues after captaining the Kingfishers in their extraordinarily successful season last year. In defence, co-captain Chesca Hirst joined with Phoebe Harlow and Ro Sharp to prevent Bath from capitalising on some well-earned opportunities, and Eleanor Duck executed several crucial interceptions. Hirst also scored with a fantastic left-hand shot in the dying seconds of the game, bringing the final score to 17-5 Cambridge. This was an outstanding opening performance for the Blues, who have had a huge injection of strong freshers for the coming season. Man of the Match was awarded to Sophie Morrill for her impressive performance in attack.

Cambridge Kingfishers 14 – 5 Oxford Brookes 1sts (Away)

The match got off to a surprising start with Oxford Brookes scoring off the draw within the first 30 seconds. However, Cambridge were not deterred and a strong drive from Sophie Moss led to a well placed goal. A succession of tactical drives meant for multiple goals with a hatrick from Emma Walsh, two from Hattie Wilson and one from Serenydd Everden. Further goals from Emilie Delacave and Raphie Carruthers took the team to 8-1 at half time. Strong defence from Lucy Evans and Emma Gerrard prevented further goals from the Oxford Brookes’ side. The second half got off to a rocky start with a series of breaks from the Brookes side, made particularly difficult when we found our selves one player down. They had some strong attackers and a lack of communication on our side meant the score rose to 8-3. Moreover, occasional chaotic play in attack meant that we lost possession at key moments. However, after a quick time out, we re-grouped and came back stronger than ever. Well placed goals from a settled attack came from Moss and tactical play around the crease from Wilson, Delacave and Walsh meant we were able to pull the score up to 14. Although the opposition managed two more goals, fantastic play from our goalie; Chloe Fox, made it difficult for the Brookes side to score any more and the final score came to 14-5. It was a fantastic game and all girls played enthusiastically despite being somewhat low on numbers. The beginnings of a settled attack and communicative defence are starting to show which puts us in a strong position for our match against Oxford University next week. Also congratulations to Emma Walsh who was voted Man (or woman) of the match for her fantastic attacking drives and goals.

A victorious Kingfisher side upon their return to Cambridge.

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Cambridge in Canada: CUWLC represents at World Cup 2013

30 Sep

Summer 2013 proved a very successful one for Cambridge on an international stage, as six current and former CUWLC players represented their countries at the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.  Held in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, the tournament is the highest level of competition for lacrosse, and this year featured the best players from 19 nations.

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Cambridge alumnae Emma Hawkins, Ros Lloyd Rout, 2013 graduate Ellie Walshe, and 2012-13 co-captain Erin Walters represented Wales, whilst Ari Midgen played for Scotland.  2011 graduate Georgie Hurt took the pitch for England, and 2013 Osprey of the Year Laura Plant was a non-travelling reserve for England.

All three nations were highly rated going into the tournament, with Cambridge’s representatives leading the way.  Lloyd Rout was named Player of the Tournament at the 2013 Home Internationals and goalkeeper Walters also received a nomination for the honours.  Midfielder Walshe was given a nod for the Young Player of the Tournament award.  Going into the World Cup, Lloyd Rout, Walters, and Hurt were all cited as Players to Watch by US Lacrosse.

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England,Wales, and Scotland finished 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively to tally the best cumulative Home Nations finish in World Cup Lacrosse history.  The United States won a record seventh championship, topping host Canada in the finals.  England fell to Australia in the bronze medal match, and Wales came from behind to beat Scotland in the 5th/6th playoff match.

For Walters and Walshe, the World Cup finish crowned off a successful year in which they also won a second-straight BUCS National Championship last March.  CUWLC look for the three-peat this year and kick off the season on Wednesday, 16 October with the Blues taking on Premiership newcomers Cardiff and the Kingfishers facing Birmingham 2nds.

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