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Varsity 2017: Table-topping lacrosse side hoping to convert success to Varsity win

The captain of De Montfort University Leicester’s (DMU) Women’s Lacrosse team is hoping to turn her side’s league-topping form into a debut Varsity win.

A year ago DMU’s Women’s Lacrosse barely existed at all, having had only a couple of practice sessions before Varsity 2016.

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The side went up against University of Leicester’s first team in a friendly fixture and came away chastened from a heavy defeat.

But since then, DMU has invested almost £1 million into coaching and support for its sports teams, giving captain Eleanor Davison’s team opportunities to train three or four times a week.

The result has been a superb run in the side’s first BUCS season, winning six of their nine games and leaving them top of the Midlands Division 3A.

And Eleanor said she felt confident about converting this form into a Varsity win when the side take on the University of Leicester – this time for crucial points – at Stoughton Road on March 22.

The 20-year-old said: “Last year we’d not really had a game; Varsity was our first real match and it was against Leicester’s first team.

“But we learned a lot and since then we have really gelled as a team. The side is a mix of freshers and more experienced players and we have spent as much time together socially as we do playing.

“So we’re good friends and this translates to the pitch. I think if we are up against a side of equivalent experience, we can get a win.”

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Eleanor, who studies Advertising and Marketing Communications BA (Hons), said she had got a lot out of joining the team.

She said: “I’d recommend joining a sports club or society to anyone. It’s first of all a great source of friends – like I say we all go out together all the time.

“And then there’s the teamwork, the experience of playing. It looks great on your CV, as another aspect of you as a person.

“And there’s the health benefits of it.”

Women’s Lacrosse will play their Varsity fixture at Stoughton Road pitches on Wednesday, March 22 at 12pm.

You can keep right across the Varsity series through TwitterFacebook and Snapchat accounts, and follow the story using #DareToWin and #TeamDMU on social media. There’s also a dedicated Varsity 2017 webpage.

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2017

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