Lacrosse: Blues 5 Bristol Bombers 7
Cambridge Lacrosse faced their first defeat of 2010 on Saturday as they lost narrowly to Bristol in the semi-finals of the Flags competition.
The Cambridge Blues were always going to be tested by a strong Bristol side, but ultimately they failed to dominate from the start of the game and allowed Bristol too many opportunities on goal.
Straight from the first whistle, Bristol were intent on making life hard for Cambridge. They won the majority of the face-offs in the first quarter and quickly went 2-0 up.
A lack of concentration in attack meant that Cambridge lost the threatening offense that had been so deadly so far this year.
Too many dropped passes and a competent goalkeeper led to a shut out, and Cambridge were placed firmly on the back-foot.
The beginning of the second quarter saw little change for Cambridge. A number of silly and avoidable fouls didn’t help the Light Blue cause and every mistake made caused more frustration and impatience.
Cambridge went 4-0 down before Ian Ralby put in the opener for the Blues, bouncing the ball off both posts on the way in.
Going into the second half 4-1, the Blues knew that the game was not over yet.
They had come back from a similar score line to win the previous round of Flags, but it would take a monumental turn around in form if the same were to happen in the semis.
The third quarter was in most respects an improvement; both teams scored one goal. A respectable effort, but clearly more needed to be done if Cambridge were going to get back into the game.
Unfortunately, it was a case of ‘too little too late’ for the Cambridge boys.
It wasn’t until the final quarter that they really woke up and showed how well they could play, putting three past the Bristol keeper.
Cambridge mistakes continued to let the whole side down and a final two goals for Bristol put them out of reach.
Cambridge can focus their attention on the league and progressing in the BUCS Trophy, although the 94th Varsity Match in Oxford on the 27th February will be their biggest target now.
Sam Spurrell – Sports Reporter