While the origins of the club as a joined entity of Men's and Women's team remains slightly unclear, it is known that a women's lacrosse team existed before a men's team came into fruition. What is known for certain is that in 1961, a first-year architect, Rod Stockdale and fellow alumni of the lacrosse-playing schools met in a pub off West Street to form the first official SUMLC.
By roping in athletically-minded students to supplement the core of experience, the men's team were able to play enough games to qualify as a University team in addition to competing in the Northern Mens league. Tragedy would strike the team however, as Rod Stockdale succumbed to a heart-condition after the first semester and tragically passed away. With Mike Simms taking his place as team captain, SUMLC began it's rise to greatness as Sheffield University established itself as the foremost university at which to play lacrosse.
To read more about the founding of the men's club, please read the PDF found at the link below, kindly provided by founding secretary Peter Wild.
FRONT L-R: Paul Fox, Jay White, Peter Wild, Sgt. “Sarge” Scofield, Mike Simms, Dereck Holmes, Norman Lord.
BACK L-R: Keith Vernon, Mike “Taffy” Morris, Duncan Roberts, Mike “Happy” Halls, Frank Williams, Mark Warman, Don Childs.