Sunderland were out-done in the annual Clash of the Minsters event on Wednesday with York St John running out 42-18 victors.
A total of 30 matches were played at a number of locations across Sunderland, with both universities competing for points and the chance to lift the Clash of the Minsters trophy.
But it was York who dominated throughout the day, claiming victory in two thirds of the clashes despite some admirable performances from Sunderland’s teams.
The hosts began with two defeats and a draw in the futsal, but earned their first victory of the day with the ultimate frisbee team beating York 15-11 at Ashbrooke Cricket Club in what was their first ever Clash of the Minsters match.
And the men’s football 4ths soon added to the tally despite finding themselves trailing 4-1 in the first half at Silksworth. A hattrick from Deonte Jam saw Sunderland snatch a 7-5 win and put York’s football teams under pressure to live up to their favourites tag.
There were also entertaining victories for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, each winning 3-0, while Sunderland’s rowers capped off a good afternoon with a 5-1 win.
However, York St John were always in control as the day’s sport went on, claiming victory in the remaining football and rugby matches to leave Sunderland needing a dominant evening if they were to put themselves in contention for the trophy.
All three netball teams struggled after losing key players from last year’s successful campaign, while Sunderland’s cricketers were blown away by a strong York side at the Riverside ICG in Chester-le-Street.
An agonising 57-54 defeat for the women’s basketball team followed and, while the men coasted to a 108-43 victory in the final match of the day on Wednesday night, it wasn’t enough to bring the Clash of the Minsters trophy back to Wearside.
Attention will now turn to the start of the BUCS campaign, which will see the university’s sports team begin their domestic league season on Wednesday 12 October.