The University of Durham Women’s 1s & 2s won the BUCS Lacrosse Championship and Trophy competitions to help Durham to win three of the four titles at BUCS Big Wednesday.
Durham 1s produced a battling performance to defeat The University of Exeter 7-2 in the Championship final after the 2s had beaten Cardiff University 15-10 to take the Trophy match earlier in the day.
Both sides were undefeated coming into the Championship final with the teams respective BUCS Premier North and South champions.
The tone for the first-half was set from the off with both teams staying very solid at the back and pushing hard on defence.
While Durham had the lion’s share of possession, it was Exeter who struck first with captain Katie Butcher putting her side 1-0 up from a free position.
The lead didn’t last long though as Jess Carroll, who would pick up the match MVP award for her performance, went straight down the other end to make it 1-1.
The real stars of the first-half of the Championship final were the two goalies, Scotland goalkeeper Emma Wauchope for Durham and England U19 goalie Amelia Ruiz, who made several sterling saves and interceptions in the first-half to snuff out multiple Durham opportunities.
Exeter matched their opponents step for step in the first-half but after some overzealous defending and an illegal check from goalscorer Katie Butcher she received a yellow card and Tilly Foster was able to take advantage of the man up situation to give Durham a 2-1 half-time lead.
Durham then went 3-1 ahead straight after the break. Exeter’s indiscipline cost them again as Alice Cranwell was shown a yellow card and Taylor Giglio scored her first from the man up to extend the lead.
Durham now had their tails up and despite the best efforts of Ruiz in goal who continued to make good saves, Sarah Kasun, Carroll, and Wales international Iona Dryden all added goals to put Durham 6-1 up with 15 minutes to go.
To give credit to Exeter they continued to battle valiantly and Alice Cranwell did snatch a goal back from a free to give her side hope of a comeback, however Luci Delaney added a seventh soon after and Durham controlled possession very well for the last 10 minutes to see out the game and retain their title from last year.
MVP: Jess Carroll (Durham)
Durham: Jess Carroll 2, Tilly Foster 1, Taylor Giglio 1, Sarah Kasun 1, Iona Dryden 1, Luci Delaney 1
Exeter: Katie Butcher 1, Alice Cranwell 1
In the Women’s Trophy, Durham 2s lead from the off and never let their advantage slip. Taking a 9-5 lead in to half-time, they extended their advantage to 14-7 before Cardiff produced a brief rally to close the score to 14-10.
However, Durham broke their stroking streak to go 15-10 ahead and closed the game out to become 2017 Women’s Trophy Champions.
MVP: Vicky Sayer (Durham)