Varsity 2013: Lacrosse Pre-Match Report

20th March 2013

Event: Varsity Men’s Lacrosse
Location: Sport Centre Pitches, University of Nottingham
Date: 20th March
Start Time: 5.00pm

Although Varsity “Super Wednesday” has been reduced to only 2 events, many students will be making their way down to the University Park Sports Centre to watch the Varsity Lacrosse. In 2012 the event enthralled its audience, in its first year in the varsity series with a close and tense encounter which saw the University of Nottingham narrowly snatch victory over Trent 14-13. Unlike last year, “Super Wednesday” will be held at the University of Nottingham so, with a home advantage the students will be hoping to extend the current 6-2 lead on Trent which could see them open up an eight point lead which would seem unlikely to be overturned in the Summer Term.

Last year the match turned many heads, with people turning up to an already packed side-line and seeing the final minutes before watching the basketball. The final 15 minutes gained many accolades for its fast pace, huge hits and big dramas which saw it turn into one of the big hits of the varsity series. It also played a huge part of the ‘comeback attitude’ sparked by Super Wednesday in last year’s Varsity series which saw Uni end up winning the whole tournament. This year the Uni lacrosse players will be looking to assert their dominance in the sport to show their worth on the varsity calendar.

Nottingham Trent sit 10th in the BUCS National League Table with 1,503.5 points, 3 places below The University of Nottingham who have a healthy points total of 1,912.5. Therefore Trent will no doubt be the underdogs for this game, especially with University Park hosting the event. However such circumstances in the past have been seen to not often have as much impact on the players as expected meaning an upset could certainly be on the cards in an exciting and gripping sport new to many students. With the game starting late at 5pm it will be a good excuse for Uni fans to get down to the sports hall and cheer on the players try to extend Uni’s lead.

As a bonus, fans that come down to the Sports Centre on Wednesday will be treated to an exhibition Wheelchair Basketball match. While not worth any Varsity points, as the Paralympics proved, this sport is fast-paced, exciting and surprisingly physical. There is no better showcase than this Varsity series for a sport that may well be seeking inclusion from next year.

If you’re not at the event live, make sure you log on to urn1350.net where we’ll be providing live text coverage of the whole game as this fascinating 2013 Varsity series continues.

Sachin Gosai and Rob Schofield