Southwestern gets first USLIA win ever!
|FEB 17, 2001 - On Saturday, the team travelled down to San Antonio to play Trinity. Trinity had beaten Southwestern the past 5 years, the last four by at
least 15 each time. To say the least, Trinity has been one of the best
teams in the league over the past few years.
Southwestern arrived literally with 20 minutes left before game time and had to hurry through warm-ups. This was on top of a mediocre week of practice. But Southwestern came out and scored first and never looked back. Southwestern never trailed, although the game was tied several times. Trinity led Southwestern in penalties by a margin of 3 to 1, and spent 8 of the first 15 minutes in man down situations.
By half time, Southwestern was ahead by one, and going into the fourth, Southwestern had its biggest lead, with a score of 7-4. Trinity did make a game of it, scoring two goals, the last to bring them within one with just over three minutes left in the game. As they did the entire day, however, the Southwestern Defense made of of Coleman, Thompson, and Sortin and Riddell, held strong and would not allow Trinity to tie the score.
The game did get very intense at the end as Trinity received a man-up with just under a minute to play. The entire day, Trinity only capitalized on 1 man-up situation. The defense, including David Caldwell, man-down middie and freshman new to the game of lacrosse, played these situations exceptionally well.
Jamin Welch scored a couple of goals, as did Marc Harrison. Pete pitched in with one and a couple of assists and Kai played with a bruised thumb and added a goal as well. The game could have been not so close at the end of the game, if Southwestern would not have had three goals called off because of entering the crease.
The entire team played well ,and essentially out-hustled a team with more numbers and better stick skills man for man. No one played better than the goalie, Jason Grasty. Grasty played his best game of the year as the rest of the team did. Making several point blank shots and many other very tough ones, the freshman goalie from St. John's lived up to his billing and received the unanimous vote for the game ball.
This is the biggest win Southwestern has had in several years, and the first win against a USLIA team since its entrance into the league two years ago. The win showed that we can compete with some of the teams that have come out on top year after year, and has the guys looking forward to the chance to play both Rice and TCU. Both are teams that have dominated Southwestern the last couple of years, but that should be good games this year if everyone stays healthy.