Southwestern Lacrosse heads into Spring Break on a roll!!!

MAR 4, 2001 - On Sunday, March 4, Southwestern hosted UT-Arlington in front of a good crowd. The day was a perfect day to play lacrosse. UTA is a newly formed team hoping to enter the league next year. Again, the Bucs had several players out with injuries, and were able to field only 15 guys. Hopefully the two and a half weeks the guys have off for Spring Break will give them a chance to rest.

Southwestern controlled the game from the beginning. With a final score of 14-3, the game was never in doubt. Several players stepped up and played well individually. David Caldwell again played attack as John Jenkins was needed to fill in for a still depleted defense. Caldwell had one goal and several other shots that just missed.

Zan Smith, on and off this season because of injuries, was out and scored a couple of goals, including a run down the middle of the field in which he passed up everyone and scored on a one on one with the goalie. Zan is one of the fasted guys on the team and he used it to his advantage in this game.

Pete Banzhaf had his usual good game with several assists and a couple of goals. Pete worked well with Jamin Welch who filled in at attack for injured Marc Harrison. Jamin received the game ball for his effort which included a season high 6 goals.

Sentimental favorite Zach Beaty, who may have played his last lacrosse game for Southwestern added 3 goals, including one spectacular put away from behind his back in front of the crease. We are hoping that Zach will play one or two more games for us before he graduates, but if not, he has definitely been a big part of our success over the past couple of years and we will sorely miss his contributions on and off the field.

Finally, Kent Sholars, a D-stick in hand for only three weeks, and a new player to the game this year, had a solid game, filling in admirably on the Defensive line.

This game was what we needed in preparation for our final three games as we prepare for Rice in Houston the week after Spring Break. Rice has been a very good team in the league the last few years. Southwestern has played them close in every game. If everyone is healthy, and all players are able to travel with the team, this should be one of the best games to see this year. Rice would be a huge win for the Bucs as they prepare for TCU at home the following week, and finish the season against UT in Austin.

In order for Southwestern to make the playoffs, they must win all of their remaining games, and hope for a little help. However, a win against both Rice and TCU would ensure a winning season and post wins against teams that most of the players on the roster have never beat before.

Have a great Spring Break and hope we will see you at Rice!!!

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