YORK’S MEN’S lacrosse team took to the grass of the Lancaster main stadium for a game in which the lead to-and-froed and ultimately ended in home victory.
In the early stages of the first quarter, things were looking good, with captain Matthew Vincent scoring to claim a swift lead for the York side. Lancaster immediately responded, pegging the score back level at 1-1.
A huge early save from the York goalkeeper kept the game even. Lancaster capitalised on a York defensive error, scoring a second and seeing out the quarter leading 2-1.
The start of the second quarter saw some highly patient play from York, holding possession and waiting for a chance to take charge. Matty Vincent scored his second goal of the game to level the score at 2-2.
Shortly after, Euan Davidson slammed the ball into the Lancaster net and York reclaimed their slim lead. York held out well for a short while, until a contentious decision from the referee, who seemingly ignored the line official’s flag being down before Lancaster sent the ball into the York net, giving Lancaster the benefit of the doubt and leaving the score at 4-3.
Davidson scored shortly after the half time break to make this encounter 4-4. In the early moments of the third quarter, Euan Davidson scored his hat-trick to make the score 5-4 to the White Rose.
York continued their assault on the Lancaster defence to no avail, leaving a Lancaster man free on the edge of the area to score another equaliser, which was shortly followed by a sixth point. The third quarter ended with Lancaster holding a fragile 6-5 lead.
The final quarter saw a barrage on the Lancaster goal from York, with Lancaster seeming incapable of stemming the flow. However, the hosts found some immense resilience, scoring with both their first and second shots of the last quarter, taking what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
York scored a consolation which excited their fans, but were ultimately unable to clinch the win they deserved.