Southwestern falls to 2-2 after tough loss to Texas Tech

FEB 4, 2001 - It started out great. The Southwestern Lacrosse team came out in the first quarter on Sunday despite missing four starters and only 15 guys in uniform, and outplayed Texas Tech. The offense was patient, the defense was exceptional, and everyone on the team simply out-hustled Texas Tech by the end of the first quarter, where the Bucs trailed by a score of 2-1.

The lone Southwestern score of the game came from Mat Siekielski filling in at attack for one of our injured starters.By the time the whistle blew for half-time, the game was essentially over as Tech ran off ten unanswered goals. Texas Tech did exactly what we could not let them do; beat us in transition and capitalize on our mistakes.

Southwestern finished off the second half of the game with great defensive play and hustle, holding Tech to only 5 goals in the second half. Freshman goalie, Jason Grasty stepped up his play, and our transition game picked up.

The loss to Tech showed us what needs to be worked on. Every goal from Tech except 5 were from a fast break opportunity or man-up situation. Without the second quarter, this game might have been very different. Texas Tech deserves a lot of credit. A very fast team that simply ran us into the ground, Tech was able to take advantage of our team size and weaknesses. We are hoping that we can improve on both of these by the Baylor game on Saturday.

Southwestern travels to Waco this coming Saturday to play Baylor, fresh back from a California trip. Baylor beat Southwestern at home last year. Each year however, both teams have been evenly matched, with one goal deciding the game two of the last three years.

Southwestern is hoping that it will get back two of its star middies for the game and be as close to full strength as possible for the first time all year. It definitely plans on increasing its shots on goal ratio over the Tech game where only twenty one shots were attempted the entire game by Southwestern.

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