SU SOLIDIFIES SPOT IN PLAYOFFS WITH WIN OVER AC (3/28/04)
After a terrible second half on Saturday against Harding
University, SU was treated with a great overnight stay at Om
Panchal's parent's house...a truly inspiring experience. Much
appreciation from the team and the university goes to the Panchal
family for allowing the motley crew that is the SU lacrosse team
stay at their house overnight.
With a great night under their belts, the Bucs looked to go 7-1 in
conference by beating AC. Most might not remember, but the last
time SU played AC, it was on the football stadium at AC and SU was
obliterated 14-1. It was the only time SU has ever lost to the
Kangaroos, and all the players on the team currently weren't in
school at that point.
As rain came down in the warm-ups SU decided to treat the game as
an opportunity to practice the things it had not been able to do
well the day before.
SU scored first, only to trade goals with a fired up AC for most
of the first quarter before the entire starting D was pulled in
favor of the bench. With the score tied at 4, the bench came in
and sparked a run that did not end until the game did.
By half-time, the Bucs had taken a commanding 9-4 lead, and had
controlled most of the game on their offensive side.
The third saw AC score one quick goal before SU notched a few more
of its own. By the start of the fourth, starters were out and
rookies were in across the board.
Caldwell, Gainey, and Jeffcoat had great games. Jones, continuing
every game, notched his first goal of his young career, and the
third line played solid the entire day, even when the other lines
were sub-par. Both Daulton and Jones are becoming formidable face-
off men, along with Arrington.
The game was ten time more physical than the game before. AC
should be commended for playing until the very end, and hustling
and hitting the entire game regardless of the score.
Kerr, had another silent game in the scorers box (although he
tried to break the streak), but had another great game on the
field, winning ground balls, doing well in transition and playing
solid middie Defense.
Baker came in and played solid at attack, and all the players,
including "Irish" Campbell and Adams, played meaningful and solid
minutes in the game.
The game was exactly what SU needed as it enters into the biggest
game of the year at home next weekend against #9 in the nation,
UTA. The game will be in Georgetown this year and we are hoping
to get a large crowd out to support the team.
A win coupled with a NSU loss against Tulane gives the regular
season title to the Bucs outright, and a number 1 seed in the
playoffs. A loss and the field is wide open. SU could drop to a
low as the 4th seed.
UTA has been very impressive this year, and will be an uphill
battle for Southwestern. We are looking forward to the challenge.
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