Hatch End Hawks produced an excellent performance to finish as runners-up in the South East Women’s Lacrosse Clubs and Colleges Tournament.
Placed in a competitive league on the day, Hawks were keen to give every game their best shot.
The first three group stage matches saw Hawks off to a great start, beating Blackheath 3-2, Hitchin 7-0 and Putney B 6-1.
Hawks then faced top of the league Centaurs for their fourth group match.
Centaurs came out strongly from the start, scoring two fast goals in the first few minutes.
However, Hawks quickly gained composure and pulled a goal back through Alana Zukas, with the game finishing 2-1.
The Hawks bounced back with a 4-0 win over Putney B, before seeing off West London 2-1 in their final group game.
In the quarter-finals, Hawks faced Clapham and produced another top display to claim a 2-0 win and advance into the semis.
With team morale and confidence at its peak, Hawks took on Putney A – having lost to the same opponents 20-3 only a week previously.
Hawks dominated the early exchanges, scoring the first two goals and rattling Putney, who were perhaps expecting another easy game.
Fighting back, Putney levelled the scores at 2-2, but Zukas put Hawks back in front before Tiffany Lake sealed the win with a fourth goal.
Facing Centaurs again in the final, Hawks knew they were in for another tough game.
Centaurs took the lead, scoring two goals in quick succession, but Hawks quickly recovered and equalised in the second half.
However, with the pressure on and both teams facing some rough weather conditions, Centaurs eventually managed to score the decisive fifth goal to win the game and take the trophy.
“This is the greatest achievement in Hawks’ history at the annual South East Clubs and Colleges Tournament” said captain Becky Singleton.
“We played our best lacrosse of the season and I’m so proud of all the players. Well done Hawks!”