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