As ever, Wednesday in university in the UK means sports day, which ultimately means another game of lacrosse for our LTP students! This week we saw top of the table battles for supremacy as well as bottom of the league struggles for survival in another frantic week of university lacrosse.
This week, in an ongoing battle to get away from the bottom place in the Men’s Premier North league, Rutgers alumni and 15/16 LTP Student Kevin Albert’s University of Manchester side faced Leeds Beckett at home in the fixture known as “The War of The Roses”.
With the game living up to it’s name and reputation, this was a battle from start to finish with the lead changing hands several times over. Unfortunately for Kevin and the Manchester side, the thrilling end-to-end encounter finished as a 10-9 victory for the visitors from Yorkshire, leaving the Uni of Manchester team at the foot of the league table.
At the other end of the table, Durham maintained their 100% record, beating Nottingham Trent 18-9 away at Nottingham to further extend their lead at the top, but the best viewing of the day was to be seen elsewhere in the same city where 2nd-placed University of Nottingham played host to 3rd-placed Loughborough.
LTP student and Syracuse alumni Jovan Miller played architect for the visitors, posting an impressive 2 goals and 5 assists, but even this and a strong start from the visitors couldn’t stop the home side from rallying to a 13-12 victory. Nottingham, featuring a number of highly-experienced English Under 19’s hopefuls as well as Australia Men’s National Team athletes and Albany alumni Will Stenberg, have a very strong and capable team and, along with Loughborough, are another example of just how competitive the BUCS league is becoming.
In the Premier South league, the only game on show was at Southampton where 2nd-placed Bristol beat the hosts 10-0 to move on to equal points with league leaders Bath (who have one game in hand).
With there only being a handful of fixtures left to be played next week, the leagues are starting to take shape and the teams’ focus will turn to post-Christmas training to put their hard work into practice for the cup fixtures in the new year.
Keep an eye on further updates to see how the drama unfolds!