With 2 teams entered into the SEMLA leagues and promotion for the Blues in both SEMLA and BUCS last year, what does the new season hold for CULC?
Pre-season kicks off in just over a week, and with the first fixtures on the horizon, it’s time to look ahead to the new season for all of the teams associated with the club. Last season, the Blues were promoted into SEMLA East Division 1 alongside rivals Oxford University. The team will be looking to push on towards the top half of the table, especially with a number of exciting new additions to the club.
The campaign begins with a tricky fixture away at defending champions Spencer 2 (who weren’t promoted due to their first team being in the Premiership!). The other highlight in the first few weeks of the season is a home fixture against Oxford that is scheduled for the 21st November. With this year marking the 100th Annual Varsity Match on the 27th February 2016 in Oxford, it promises to be one of the biggest years of lacrosse in the Club’s history. The Blues prepare for that historic match with fixtures away at Hillcroft A on the 13th February, before a home match against Welwyn on the 20th.
The Cambridge Eagles make their debut season in SEMLA and will start in Division 2, the league from which the Blues were promoted from last year. The team is likely to be made up of a lot of the same players that played and beat most of teams in the league last year – Brighton are now the only team that the club dropped points against, and so the team is set up well have another successful campaign in this league.
The Eagles begin with a FLAGS match away at Epsom 2 the first weekend after pre-season. The league season begins with a home match against Reading 2s, and the target will be to push for promotion into Division 1. Facing off against Oxford University Iroquois in the Varsity match on the 27th will be a highlight, despite the match being labelled as a ‘friendly’!
In BUCS, having been promoted from a relatively poor standard division last year, the target will be to push towards back to back promotions. The league features teams from Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Warwick, Birmingham and Northampton Universities. It is likely to prove a tougher test than last year in which the team managed to win every single game, with a net goal difference of +152.
Match reports and updates will follow throughout the season, but to keep up to date, make sure you like the Club Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!
The 100th Annual Lacrosse Varsity match will take place on the 27th February 2016 at Oxford University Parks.
If you are an alumnus or simply want to come and support the Light Blues, please get in touch and let us know! We will be organising a supporters coach to take people to the game, as well as other alumni events throughout the day. Get in touch with Nick Evans and he can help you out. We’d love to have as much support as possible in Oxford to help us bring the trophy home!
Last year’s Varsity match took place on the 7th March at St John’s College pitches. The Blues match was won 13-10 by Oxford. This year, we will be out for revenge.
This year we are please to have moved to the new location of St John’s College Playing Fields http://bit.ly/1Dy8PTO
This is on the corner of Queen’s, Grange and Madingley Roads.
We recommend using the Park and Ride on Madingley Road for certainty of parking, especially due to the multiple Varsity matches occurring on this date near our location.
10:30 Alumni Women’s
11:00 Women’s 2nds
12:00 Men’s 2nds
14:00 Men’s 1sts
15:00 Women’s Blues
CULC proudly presents the Varsity Squad 2015, who will face the Dark Blues on the 7th of March.
Reserves: Kotaro Yamabe, Torkil Harrison
Boasting an impressive record in both the South of England (SEMLA) and BUCS leagues to date, Cambridge’s men’s team is aiming for a double promotion this season. After having lost the Varsity match against Oxford for three consecutive years, one might think that the odds are against us. However, the Cambridge squad has been improving greatly, and has managed to give Oxford a closer and closer game every time. Cambridge already met Oxford once this season in the SEMLA league, and just like last year’s Varsity, gave away a very close game in the final quarter. Their most important goal of the match should therefore be to keep the intensity high throughout the 80 minutes. Rumours about extra fitness sessions dedicated to this end have been going around, and it will be very exciting to see whether their sprints in the snow will pay off in the end.
It is a great pleasure to announce that the following 13 players have been selected for the Blues Squad and will face Oxford at University Parks on Saturday 1st March at 1300h.
Stuart Cummings Ben Langridge Chris Bennett Jonny Evans Nick Evans Arnor Hakonarson Konradin Muskens Matthew Parker Oliver Lawrence Vijay Higgins Joshua Findlay Sam Bostock Evan Greif
In addition, the following 3 players have been selected as reserves:
Richard Moon Edmund Wigley Torkil Harrison
We would like to congratulate all of these players and to thank everyone that has been a part of CULC over the past months.
After the summer break, the first game of the season saw Cambridge Lax travel to East Grinstead to attempt to put their week of preseason training into action. The initial omens were not good, however, as one car of the convoy fell afoul of the London traffic. The team was therefore down to 12 men and without a goalkeeper with the faceoff looming.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Cambridge went two up in the first quarter thanks to two initial goals from Cillian Murphy on his Cambridge debut. While the summer rustiness was apparent, Cambridge was beginning to settle. Some neat attacking play saw Cillian draw and dump to set up an outside shot for Nick Evans, who buried it bottom corner while Josh Findlay was unlucky as he hit both pipes with a shot of his own.
At half time, the score of 5-2 reflected Cambridge’s dominance as the summer cobwebs were beginning to get blown away. The arrival of the players from the stricken car gave the team a second wind, and some neat passing saw Josh Findlay score from a man-up play, the assist provided by a crisp feed from Richard Moon. Simon Bleet was also beginning to dominate the face-offs setting up a number of fast break attempts, while Mark Currie weaved his way through the EG defence to score one of his own.
Cambridge’s defensive play was also beginning to take shape. Tim Schaitberger, who had stepped into fill the position of goaltender, was a constant presence. The American keeper marshalled his defence superbly and snuffed out the EG shots with equal expertise. It was evident that the unit improved and gained confidence as the game progressed, and by the final quarter the poles of John Wilhelm, Ben Langridge and Sid Jain were bossing their attackmen. Indeed, John was unlucky not to score from his break up the field.
Final goals from Josh and a pair from Cillian saw Cambridge comfortable 9-4 victors.