England Lacrosse 12 – Lacrosse Victoria 15
After the official opening ceremony for the ASA State Champs, Team England took to the field once again against Victoria. The first draw started with a Victoria possession and an early slow break goal. Another period of England defence saw Sally Keogh make several crucial saves and fluid unit defence creating turnover before Sophie Brett converted the shot in attack to even up the score. A feisty draw led to Ali Smith winning possession before Jenny Simpson fed Camilla Hayes for a lightning finish. Victoria started to gain momentum winning consecutive draws; England’s solid 1 on 1 defence kept them out for extended periods of time but some nifty finishing saw Victoria extend their lead.
The game continued in an end-to-end fashion with both teams having their chances in their respective attacking ends. Notable mentions from England’s squad include Emma Oakley, Georgie Hurt and Annie Hillier all causing turnovers in defence leading to Claire Faram and Laura Merrifield ripping shots to add two more goals to England’s tally. Victoria continued to put pressure on in the defensive end but the intensity in England’s defensive efforts could not be faulted.
The second half started with a draw possessed by Victoria which was quickly turned over with a check and groundball from Emma Oakley and transitioned into the attacking end. After some action at both ends, Victoria were first to score but Jenny Simpson, Megan Whittle and Camilla Hayes were quick to respond with three unanswered England goals. There were continued periods of possession at both ends with both goalkeepers (McNab for England), pulling out great saves. As the game neared the end it became feisty and more fast-paced and Victoria snuck in three more goals, but only after some solid unit defence and numerous crucial saves from McNab. After a Victoria draw control, Katie Armstrong made a well-timed check on the catch and groundball to start an England attacking force, culminating in a goal from Charlie Finnigan.
After a solid save from Victoria’s goalkeeper, a long transition ball was intercepted by Jenny Simpson who fed Charlie Finnigan from within her own half for another England goal. Closing the gap moment by moment, England dug deep and clawed back another two goals from Lytollis and Whittle to close the gap to two goals. In the last two minutes Victoria got two more quick goals but a goal from Whittle and interception from McNab in goal finished the game on a high for Team England. From 4-9 down at half time, we won the second half 8-6.
The final score was 15-12 to Victoria in a hard fought and physical game. We have a lot of positives to take away from this game which we hope to implement throughout the rest of the tournament.
Team England squad vs Victoria