Yorkshire Lacrosse, including eight Sheffield players, has won the British National Lacrosse Championships for the first time, beating Scotland 9-7 in the final.
Sheffield Steelers’ George Levers, the Yorkshire captain, was the match-winning hero, scoring twice in the last three minutes after the teams were level 7-7.
The end-of-season tournament was played over a gruelling two days at Wilmslow Lacrosse Club, involving 12 regional teams.
Yorkshire came through the preliminary group play undefeated, beating Welsh Universities Select 5-2, South of England Red 6-3 and drawing with Scotland 2-2.
Moving into the Championship they defeated the Scottish League Select 8-3 before losing 7-4 to the North West Lacrosse Association East Select but qualifying for a semi-final date with NW East on Sunday.
Yorkshire flew out of the blocks, avenging the previous evenings defeat with a bruising and hard-fought 9-5 victory, to earn a place in the final.
Yorkshire goalkeeper Elliott Hurry (Sheffield Uni) was named MVP for his outstanding performance in the final. Co-Captains Mike Leahy andd George Levers lifted the Nick Kehoe Trophy in an emotional ceremony, Nick Kehoe being a past-president of Yorkshire County Lacrosse Association.
Aside from Keeper Hurry, other stand-out performers were Josh Kinder & Ryan Sweetman (both Leeds Met University) who topped both the scoring and assist charts across the weekend.
Sheffield Steelers were represented by brothers George and Dan Levers, Rob Broomhead and Ben Stringer. Sheffield University had brothers Josh and Elliott Hurry, Ollie Barrett and Dave Watson in action.
* Sheffield Steelers senior men’s team have clinched promotion to the Premier Leaguue Division One with two matches remaining.
They have lost one match all season, having scored 238 goals and conceded 100 and fought back to beat Rochdale 15-10 at Bawtry Road.
The strength across the Sheffield team shone as eight different scorers made their mark, with Bostonian Vin Curran leading the pack with five goals and two assists.
Steelers are four points ahead of closest rivals Sheffield University and face Brooklands and Sheffield University in their last two games.