Volume 16 • Issue 3

Spring Wrap-Up

The Southwestern University baseball, golf, tennis, and track & field teams wrapped up their 2005 spring seasons at the annual Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Spring Sports Festival April 21-24. This year’s Sports Festival was held in Conway, Ark., and hosted by Hendrix College. The track & field championship was held at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

SU baseball ended its 2005 campaign with a 29-12 overall record. The Pirates finished third in the conference with a 13-7 SCAC ledger. The Pirates, who entered the SCAC tournament as the No. 2 seed in the West, went 2-2 in the tourney, eventually being eliminated by Trinity in the semifinals. Southwestern baseball earned numerous accolades this season including four All-Tournament selections, nine All-Conference selections—the most of any SCAC school—and two All-West Region honorees.

Both the men’s and women’s track & field teams had solid performances in a highly competitive field at this year’s championships. The SU men’s team finished eighth. The Southwestern women placed ninth. Senior Jahred Williams and sophomore Karin Arnham led SU and earned SCAC All-Conference honors for their outstanding performances at the meet.

The Pirate men’s golf team garnered fifth place in the 2005 SCAC Championship after firing a 309-312=621. The Southwestern women earned third-place team honors out of the six-team field with a 364-373=737. On the men’s side, sophomore Christopher Paiz earned first-team All-SCAC honors after finishing tied for third with a 71-75=146. Junior Leslie Spear led the SU women, earning All-SCAC second team honors after shooting an 85-85=170 to finish in a tie for ninth.

The Southwestern University men’s and women’s tennis teams posted fifth place conference finishes as the women went 3-1 and the men went 2-1 in the 2005 SCAC Tournament. Three Pirate tennis players were All-SCAC selections and one garnered All-Tournament team honors.

Men’s Lacrosse Wins Division Championship

Southwestern @ Georgetown

Senior Matt Gainey scored his 100th career goal on May 1, helping send men’s lacrosse to its first LSA Championship. The All-American was recently named the league’s MVP & Offensive Player of the Year.

John Kotarski '93

On May 1, the men’s lacrosse team rallied to defeat the University of Texas-Arlington in a 10-8 come-from-behind victory. With the win, Southwestern secured the 2005 U.S. Lacrosse-Lone Star Alliance Division B Championship.

Picked third in the LSA pre-season poll behind both UTA and Trinity—and coming off a first round playoff loss last year—the Bucs were an unknown quantity in September. By May however, that was no longer the case: an undefeated conference record and a dominant defense that led the league in goals allowed, had positioned the Bucs for their best season since the 1989 Championship run.

Led by Bill Bowman ’92, now in his eighth year of coaching, the Bucs’ Cinderella team was young; over half of the team comprised of underclassmen. In fact, only four players on the roster came to Southwestern with lacrosse experience. But led by the sensational play of rookie goalie Jake Dickson and senior All-American Matt Gainey, the Bucs not only dominated their division, but showed the resolve to win under difficult circumstances.

The team’s season ended in the bitter cold of Blaine, Minn., at the U.S. Lacrosse National Championships on May 14 with losses to No. 1-seeded San Diego and No. 4 St. John’s. They finished 12-4 overall and 11-0 in conference play (including the LSA playoffs), and ranked No. 17 in May’s final national poll.

Coach Bowman is assisted by Stacy Flood ’89; Georgetown resident Doc Calhoun; Monty Curtis, associate vice president for enrollment services; and Kris Nessler, outdoor recreation specialist for intramural & recreational activities.