Exeter win latest INTOLacrosse tournament

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Lacrosse News
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Exeter take on Bournemouth in Tournament opener (pic, Liz Hellier)

This weekend saw the third INTO Lacrosse fresher’s tournament of the season, with Exeter in the South West hosting yet another unforgettable event.

Following after the first fresher’s tournaments in Bournemouth and Trowbridge was a tough task for Exeter University, with the previous two being a huge success with brilliant Lacrosse on show considering the standard of players involved. They didn’t disappoint though, working with INTO Lacrosse coach Will Finlayson to create an entertaining and spirited day of the brutal sport.

The day – which was split into one group of five with the top four going into two semi-finals – was opened by Exeter’s local rivals Plymouth squaring up against newly formed Bournemouth, while the hosts took on a tough Bath side.

Bournemouth – who traveled with just ten men – struggled to get going against the side from Devon but fought until the death and ended up losing just 2-0. Exeter started strongly with a win in an intense game with Bath and after the first round of games it looked like being the same old suspects who would dominate.

Falmouth, playing their first ever INTO Lacrosse tournament, struggled to get results all day, despite a valiant effort from the Cornish newcomers. Their first game saw them lose out to Exeter, who by that point were level on points with Plymouth on 6 after the latter had beaten Bath.

Defensive domination

Bournemouth and Exeter pre-game line up (pic, Liz Hellier)

The shock of the day came in the next game as Bournemouth came up against the hosts and favourites Exeter. After a frustrating first ten minutes for the home team, with Bournemouth’s defence reducing them to pot shots with some unbelievable work, Albert Whitehead spun free in front of crease to snap shot it straight through the shocked Exeter goalie. Bournemouth then held on for the remaining twenty minutes to record a truly impressive win.

The next set of games saw usual service resume, however, with Falmouth losing out to Bath and Exeter once again getting one over on their local rivals Plymouth. It also saw Bournemouth, with their ten men, play their second game in a row, this time against Bath. The tiredness showed, but they came close to snatching another shock result, this time losing out though to a very late goal.

With Bath, Plymouth and Exeter already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, it was down to Falmouth and Bournemouth to battle it out for the last spot. Falmouth , who had lost all their previous games, got off to a dream start by taking a 2-0 lead after just five minutes. However, the impressively resilient South Coast side managed to claw the game level before the break and eventually went on to take the game 3-2 to book their spot – deservedly – in the semi’s.

Exeter battle Plymouth in semi-final (pic, Liz Hellier)

The rest of the games were a bit of an anti-climax with Bath comfortably beating a tired and broken Bournemouth team 4-0 and hosts Exeter booking yet another place in a final with an emphatic win over Plymouth. The final itself was a masterclass from Exeter. With a twenty-one man squad on the day, they had energy to burn and it showed. Bath who were dead on their feet by that stage put up a poor fight and eventually came away with a 7-0 hiding.

Looking forward

Overall, the day was another huge success and showed off to many why Lacrosse is such a fast growing sport. Despite not winning, Bournemouth University stole the show, with their gutsy performances all over the pitch not going unrecognised by spectators and opposition sides alike.

Everyone in the Lacrosse community will now look forward to the next INTO Lacrosse freshers tournament where the teams can once again show off their immense progress in the short time they’ve been playing.

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