UNIVERSITY OF YORK 17 – 1 UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
Images: Peter Iveson, Philippa Grafton
After watching the women’s team deliver a performance that must have registered on the Richter scale, the men’s side may have felt pressure to conjure up something similar. This they managed to do, destroying the Lancastrians 17-1 with an ease and dominance rarely seen on 22 acres.
The glut of goals started soon into the match, with some nice play around the Lancaster net resulting in Dave Pooley nipping in from behind the goal to slam it home. After this goal, Lancaster had a small spell of play around the York net, but they failed to show the same ruthlessness as York, with sloppy play and York’s physicality preventing a Red Rose score.
Quick York goals poured misery onto the Lancastrians, as the White Rose looked to kill the game off within the first quarter. Firstly, a rapid counter attack resulted in Lacrosse President Krish Balan finishing well. Barely seconds after, Dave Pooley popped the ball home, before Balan again scored with a fine solo effort. T
he quarter continued in this vein, with York taking a seven-goal lead into the second period, with those constant thorns in the Lancaster side, Balan and Pooley, again providing the goals.
The match had already been decided in the first quarter, but York continued to press for a humiliation. The rampant Pooley scored again, before Lancaster finally chalked up a goal. A mishap in the middle of the park led to a Lancaster man netting, but this did not signal a comeback however, as George Breese and Krish Balan swept home two more to add to the rest.
Almost immediately after the half-time break, York netted again. Captain Phil Harrold put his name on the score sheet after finishing off another lovely York move around the area. The assured passing quality of the York side really made the difference, as the side simply waited for the gaps to appear in a flaky Lancaster defence.
The quarter finished 15-1, with Pooley, Chalmers and Balan all scoring, but the pick of the bunch was another Harrold goal, as he strode through the Lancaster defence before sliding it past the stranded Lancaster keeper.
The tempo diminished greatly in the last quarter, as both sides lost their impetus; it was obvious to everyone where the result had gone. The match became a scrappier affair, the sound of the crash of armour was increasingly heard as more ground balls were fought for. However, there was still time for two more York goals, as Krishna Balan and Luke Schilling rounded off a superb victory for the White Rose.
York Line Up: Ben Robinson, Gareth Ball, Mark Bickerdale, Ben Strickerson, Seb Swenton, Luke Schilling, Phil Harrold, Krishna Balan, Ewen Chippen, Dave Pooley
UNIVERSITY OF YORK MIXED 21 – 5 UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER MIXED
York’s experienced mixed lacrosse team put in an assured performance to push aside their Roses rivals in a frankly one-sided contest, winning 21-5. York began quickly, taking and early two goal lead within five minutes with strikes from Krishna Balan and Philip Harold. Lancaster did hit back following a York defensive error, but that only seemed to spur the hosts on as they extended their lead with goal after goal, ending the quarter 6-1 up.
The second quarter was hotly contested with both sides making strong challenges. Lancaster briefly managed to rally getting a goal back to make it 6-2, following some intricate passing play. If anything though it seemed to ‘anger the beast’ and the floodgates opened with York hitting six unanswered scores, to leave Lancaster 12-2 down.
A similar pattern continued in the third as well. York ended the quarter 16-3 up, following further punishment from an inspired Balan. Stern words in between the quarters from the Lancaster captain seemed to inspire a response as they sought to regain some Roses pride, but it was to no avail, as some sublime play by Balan and Harold left the final score at 21-5 to York. Although the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the referee as he tripped over moments before the final whistle.
York’s comprehensive victory was a great team win although special mentions must go to Krishna Balan and Philip Harold who scored seven goals each and Luke Shilling whose role in holding midfield gave York a platform to build from. Commenting on the game Captain Annie Beverley congratulated her teammates on a ‘job well done’, summing up that the ‘score told it all.’
Lancaster’s Captain Jonathan McGee praised his inexperienced team’s ‘commitment’, ending with the slightly obvious ‘we’ll see you next year in Lancaster’.
The women’s lacrosse side, in an exhibition match that was worth no points, and against a side featuring players who had never played a competitive game of lacrosse before, romped home to victory – hammering Lancaster 40-0.