GREAT CROWD, GREAT GAME, TOUGH LOSS (1/30/04)
Southwestern (and quite a few of its fans) travelled down to
Trinity on Saturday to play the Trinity Tigers, a place where SU
came out and upset the Tigers three years ago.
With a night game under the lights, and a crowd of over two
hundred on hand to watch the game, it was a perfect night for a
Southwestern started the game with a man-up as the Trinity field
was not properly lined, but failed to capitalize on the non-
Shortly after, however, Gainey, fresh back from a two year hiatus
from the field and team, scored his first and the first goal of
the game, to give SU the early lead.
Shortly after Trinity tied the game up, followed by a rocket shot
from Gainey on another man-up.
Trinity finished the quarter with another goal to tie it up at the
end of one at 2 a piece.
The second started the same as the first, with SU taking another
lead, only to see Trinity come back and tie, then take the lead
for good. By the end of the half, Trinity was up 6-4.
Southwestern plagued by senseless penalties last year and this
young season, was given a three minute non-releasable penalty to
start the third quarter when a freshman's stick (again bought off
the shelf at the start of the season) was deemed illegal because
the head was too narrow by a fraction.
SU was able to weather this storm, but totally lost the momentum,
and ended up with another man-down as the first expired. This
lead to a scoring spree, which saw Trinity take a 12-6 lead into
the fourth quarter. SU fought back, and quickly, getting the
score back to 12-8 in the first few minutes of the fourth, and
allowing only one more goal from Trinity the rest of the game.
It was a costly one however. With a little over five minutes
left, SU brought the score to within 3, and had a great
opportunity to bring the deficit down by only two.
As had happened so many times during the game before, the Trinity
goalie proved to be the difference, making a stop, and leading the
fast break to the other end for a quick score.
Eight of the 13 goals from Trinity were off transition fast
breaks. This is something the young SU team will only get better
at as the season goes on.
Southwestern took twice as many shots during the game as Trinity,
and many of them were on cage and quality shots. Several even hit
pipe. The goalie played very well. Both goalies spent time in
the penalty box, allowing SU to get a look at its new back up
Justin Adams, thrown into action only this week, and reluctantly
at that. A former catcher, Adams made two great saves during the
penalty and was not scored upon.
Overall SU played much better than it had the week before against
NSU, controlling many ground balls, and playing a physical brand
Again, many newcomers stepped up in their short SU lacrosse
careers, and had an impact on the field. MacConnell, Daulton,
Jones, and Gette, all played very well. Emmel is turning out to
be a natural middie, and will only get better.
Caldwell, Makal, and Jeffcoat all joined Gainey in the scorer's
box. Gupta and Om both anchored a line that provided much depth
SU hasn't had in a long while.
We are looking forward to heading East to play Centenary on
Saturday, and SFA on Sunday, two must win game as this young but
topsy turvy season is beginning to take shape, and separate the
contenders from the pretenders.
With such parity in the league, four losses in the division will
probably mean a ticket home for the playoffs. As of right now, it
is wide open, and every game counts.
We appreciate all the fans and family members that came out to the
game to support the Bucs. Thanks to the Gainey's for bringing
Gatorade for the players.
We will head back for a long home stand next week, all games very
important. See you there.
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