The University of Portsmouth’s Men’s Lacrosse firsts squad continued their impressive BUCS form with a 7-1 victory over Brunel University.
The result is Pomp
ey’s third win in a row, having previously beaten Sussex 8-4 and Chichester 20-0 to break their loosing duct.
A large squad of players overcame the challenge of Brunel, making swift work of the visitors.
Portsmouth were almost off the mark from the very beginning of the first quarter, hitting the bar in the first attack of the game. Brunel then counter attacked but goalkeeper Rob Gardner was wise to it and saved well.
Milburn then came close up the other end before Lyons shot was shanked low and wide.
David Melder had the pick of the first quarter chances when on the 18th minute he forced a quick save from the keeper at close range.
3 minutes into the second quarter and Pompey found themselves ahead. Melder kicked off his goal scoring spree with an acrobatic jump and flick of his stick to make it 1-0.
Like clockwork the same precise attack three minutes later resulted in Melder’s second goal and 2-0 to the home side.
Now Pompey played with a swagger about them, asserting their dominance, they closed out the second quarter with Melder and Milburn forcing saves form Brunel’s keeper.
That action closed out the first half of the game going into the third quarter Pompey were two goals to the good.
Pompey continued this intensity over into the third quarter with Dawson and Lyons both coming close from the restart.
Up the other end, Gardner was forced to make another fantastic to save to prevent the visitors getting onto the score sheet.
13 minutes in and Pompey had extended their lead. Another good goal from Melder created by a commanding run from Volpe.
Then the floodgates opened and a minute later it was four. Melder brining up a fourth straight from the restart.
Portsmouth didn’t have it all their own way in the third quarter though. Three minutes from play the visitors finally beat Gardner to make it 4-1.
Clearly buoyed on by conceding, Pompey exercised the old ode that your most vulnerable after you score when Melder put off his marker and finished well for 5-1.
This would prove to be the end of the action in the third quarter, Pompey were now 20 minutes away from their third consecutive victory at BUCS.
At the restart, Volpe sensed the Brunel heads dropping but his shot hit the keeper and not the back of the net.
Before to long Lyons rectified this misfortune by cutting inside his defender and finishing early past the keeper for 6-1.
Volpe was then finally rewarded for his earlier efforts when he picked out the back of the net five minutes from play. 7-1 to the home side.
The final action of the game would be from Brunel who’s spirited attack was pushed away from the goal by the solid shot saver Gardner.
The win keeps Portsmouth firsts in second in the South Eastern 2A league. Brighton top the league on the same amount of points as Portsmouth, but a superior goal difference.
All photos by Alex Fiske