Birmingham’s Mens 1st Lacrosse Team storm to victory in opening game of the season.
University of Birmingham Men’s Lacrosse First Team hit the season off to a great start in the BUCS Midlands 1A league, with a 13-1 home win against Oxford Brookes on Wednesday at Metchley 3G.
After an illegal heck from Birmingham’s number 38 they were quick to fight back securing their first goal from attacker number seven, Bass.
A mistake from Oxford Brookes’ goaltender saw him come out of the crease during a scrap allowing for Birmingham’s Brocklebank to take advantage of the open goal for The Lions’ second goal of the game. A well matched first quarter ended in a 2-0 advantage to UoB.
Within the opening minutes of the second quarter the home side delivered a fast-paced run down the left-hand side of the pitch to secure the third goal of the game.
A foul from Oxford Brookes halfway through the quarter left Birmingham’s number 13 with a goal attempt in sight. Brocklebank made the most of this opportunity and once again smashed in a fantastic goal from the left-hand side, leaving UoB 4-0 up.
A quick succession of two goals demonstrated the drive Birmingham had in this game as they continued their strong lead. However, Oxford Brookes were quick to respond with two attempts on goal, both successfully saved by UoB’s goaltender. One final successful partnership from Rardin and Brocklebank ended the second quarter with a 7-0 lead for Birmingham.
Oxford Brookes quickly responded with a goal coming from number three, narrowly missed by the goaltender in the opening minutes, however following this goal UoB’s defence maintained their confidence previously displayed. In response Birmingham took two successful shots on target to take the score to 9-1, with Birmingham heading comfortably into the final quarter.
Number 17 looked to keep up the pace for UoB’s side with an attack around the back of the net and then skilfully placed into the right-hand corner of the goal. Rardin continued this pressure on attack with a goal straight from face-off to the back of the net.
Back at it again, both Bass and Brocklebank nipped in two more goals before the final whistle, ending the game at 13-1 to Birmingham.
This win and strong performance puts UoB in a good stance for next week’s away game at Nottingham Trent, who also managed to secure a win in their first game of the season.