Lacrosse Blues victorious again

Sam SpurrellĀ  - Sports Reporter 15 October 2009

Cambridge 15 Histon 1

The Cambridge Blues continued their outstanding start to the season this week with a straightforward win over a weak Hitchin side. Cambridge won the first game of the season 13-2 and so turned up at Hitchin ready for a strong fight and good win. Unfortunately the Hitchin team were weakened considerably as some players were called up for their first team due to injury and so from the very beginning the teams appeared unbalanced.

The first quarter began quickly, with the Blues not prepared to settle for playing at a slow pace to suit Hitchin’s smaller squad. It wasn’t long before Hitchin were struggling under long periods of pressure, and soon Cambridge were up 4-0. However, Cambridge had to be careful not to rush things offensively; there was a tendency to make poor decisions leading to a number of squandered chances that could have given the Blues an extra boost.

Fortunately, Hitchin were lacked confidence when it came to clearing the ball from their own goal and a good team defence kept them pinned into their own half for most of the first two quarters of the game. In particular an inspiring display by MVP Dan Montgomery as he fought for ground balls meant that even if Cambridge lost possession, their goal was rarely threatened. The second quarter saw a more settled attack and with fewer mistakes a further 6 goals were added, with Hitchin yet to score a single goal.

As with the previous week, the Blues now found that going into the third quarter 10-0 up gave them a false sense of security and instead of continuing to build on the progress made, they took their foot off the gas and there was now a much slower pace all over the field. The defence were still able to resist any Hitchin threat, but with only a single goal scored by Cambridge, this was easily the weakest portion of the game.

Mistakes were corrected in the final quarter when the settled offense from the second quarter returned and a final 4 goals for Cambridge were added to the tally. It was 15-0 going into the last minute, but once again a lack of concentration led to sloppy passes and weak attempts on goal.

A desperate drive from the Hitchin attack and a simply lazy attempt at defence saw a goal for Hitchin in the final 30 seconds of the game, denying Cambridge their first clean sheet of the season.

Overall, it was a strong display from Cambridge. The talent is certainly there, but now they must work on maintaining consistency and concentration until the final whistle. Hitchin were a weakened team and a stronger side would have punished Cambridge for the mistakes they made. Next Saturday they face league title rivals Walcountian Blues and the following Wednesday play host to the Oxford Blues in what should turn out to be an exciting couple of fixtures.

Sam SpurrellĀ  – Sports Reporter