35 - 12
|Thirty-five - the number of players Texas Tech had. Twelve - the number of
players Southwestern was able to field for the first game of the 2002 season
Southwestern, as it always seems these days, played a great game against one of the better teams in the league with only twelve guys. Southwestern played great the entire game, with star performances by new freshman goalie Daniel Ehrlich, freshman middie, Matt Gainey, and the entire defense.
Texas Tech, admittedly was rusty for the first game of the year, but Southwestern simply out-hustled them to loose balls throughout the game. Trailing only 10-4 at half-time, the two miles a day the guys committed to running since returning from break really paid off.
The final score was 17-6 in Tech's favor, but was a great game for Southwestern. It set the season off in the right direction, and set up an interesting game against Rice at home next weekend. Southwestern has not beat Rice in four years, but all games have been competitive. With a couple of extra bodies at home next week, and a week under their belts, the small, but experienced team will look to notch its first surprise of the season.
Matt Gainey had a great first game as a Buc, scoring two goals, and tallying two assists. Sr. Attackman Pete Banzhaf also had a great game, scoring a couple of goals, although, he probably didn't expect to have to play as much middie as he did.
Texas Tech was able to beat Southwestern in the transition game. With two subs for the entire team, middies often were left behind fresh legs of Tech. In fact, 4 times, Tech was able to score on their own man down. Despite this setback, however, SU was able to control the ball on offense at times and had many man-up opportunities because of Tech penalties. SU had only two penalties the entire game, which is all they could afford.
A special thanks goes out to the extended family of Dave Caldwell, who shined in his first game as a defender. One short game into his second year ever of lacrosse, Dave has managed to play every position on the field but goalie, and do so at a high level. A Lubbock native, his family treated the team to a hearty and very appreciated meal after the game at their family restaurant. Despite the loss, the team couldn't help but leave Lubbock in a great mood, and with high hopes for the rest of the season if all stay healthy.
We hope to see everyone out at the game on Saturday against Rice.