The women’s Blues tied against their Oxford nemeses in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday afternoon. In the sweltering November sun, a see-sawing game eventually finished 6-all to leave both sides a little disappointed but ultimately fulfilled after such an epic duel.
Looking to consolidate their position at the top of the Southern Division, Cambridge started the brighter and stormed into a two-goal lead courtesy of Ellie Walsh and Ros Lloyd. The Dark Blues soon stirred into life and hit back with their opener before Lloyd’s second reopened the two-goal cushion following excellent work from Alex Carnegie-Brown through the middle. A ten-minute period of Oxford pressure was contained by the Light Blues’ defence as Laura Moffatt made a series of fine saves. They scored their second just before the break though to leave the game on a knife-edge; 3-2 at the interval.
The second half continued in the same manner; a bewitching spectacle of free-flowing attacking lacrosse. Oxford equalised straight off the draw to leave the visitors travelling fans stunned. They barely had time to recover before Oxford took a 4-3 lead following a neatly taken set move. Both sides continued to trade blows though; Cambridge equalising to make it 4-4 before Oxford twice regained the lead. With a 6-5 lead entering the final ten, Oxford looked to maintain possession in midfield. The ball was turned over though and defence turned quickly into attack. With havoc being caused in the Oxford defence, the ball was cleared and captain Georgie Hurt was on hand to finish a stunning long-range effort with 4 minutes left on the digital.
The result left both sides somewhat dissatisfied but there’s no doubting the excitement of the game for the on-looking neutrals. The match perhaps gives an aperitif of what promises to be a mouth-watering Varsity clash on Parkers Piece come February. The result also leaves Cambridge requiring victory in their final game at home to Bristol next week of the year to top the table.