SU MOVES TO 3-0 IN CONVINCING 14-0 WIN OVER TCU (2/6/05)
After a solid win on Saturday against a tough SFA team, SU suited
up again on Sunday to host TCU, a Div. A team playing down in Div.
B this year after a brief two year hiatus.
The last time the two teams met, SU came out with an unbelievable
win in double overtime three years ago. The previous four years
before that, TCU always had the Buc's number.
SU knew that TCU had solid players at all positions, and wanted to
come out firing on all cylinders. That is exactly what it did.
Shortly after the game started, Sr. attackman Frank Makal, who
finished with four goals on the day, made two quick point blank
shots to get SU on the board. The Bucs never looked back. In
fact, by the end of one, SU had gone on a scoring spree to take a
9-0 lead, with goals from Gainey, Jones, Wersonske, Daulton and
The second stanza proved to be more of the same as SU was able to
control every facet of the game, and every corner of the field.
By half-time, SU had a commanding 12-0 lead, and everyone available
on the bench had already seen considerable playing time except
Patten, the back up goalie.
Coach had every intention of putting Patten in until the team was
informed that in its 22 year history, the SU lacrosse team had
only managed two shutouts. Patten graciously agreed that Jake
should stay in until the first goal was scored, to see if he could
preserve the elusive lacrosse shutout.
Patten is the spiritual leader of the team, finding ways to help
the team get prepared each week in practice, and willing to step
in at a moments notice. Unfortunately for him, Jake and the young
defense played exceptionally well.
Jake, a freshman goalie, new to the game of lacrosse, had never
picked up a stick until August, and did not decide to play goalie
until September. He is an amazing athlete who has literally,
along with the new defense, provided a much needed spark to our
team in areas where, at the beginning of the year, we were very
With TCU already out of the game, the second half was reduced to
11 minute quarters and they went very fast. The fourth line of
Samples, Orr, and Lockwood saw considerable playing time, and did
very well. The entire team took it upon themselves to help Jake
preserve the shutout, and even added one goal in each of the last
Of the 14 SU goals, 7 were assisted. Om Panchal, a junior middie
notched his first goal of his career. It was one that was a long
time coming. Weldon and MacConnell both had assists as well.
Daulton added two more goals, and Gainey had his customary
brilliant day at the office.
The game ball had to go to Jake for the first shutout in over ten
years. But a second game ball was given to So. D-man Travis
Nelson who played an exceptional game along with the depleted d-
line of Gette and Claiborn. Nelson has stepped into the starting
role this year and surpassed all expectations.
The wins over SFA and TCU, both conference games, put SU in the
driver's seat for a playoff spot come April. However, SU will be
a much different team on the road, and will find out exactly how
well it can play this coming weekend as it travels to Arlington
for the first ever NORTEX tournament. The tourney will host teams
from conferences all over the nation.
With Jeffcoat and Claiborn missing from an already depleted d-
line, SU will play UC-Irvine from the west Coast Lacrosse League
(WCLL) on Saturday. On Sunday it will have a chance to play
Nicholls State (NSU), the only team to beat SU last year in
conference play, and the team that knocked the Bucs out of the
playoffs in the semi-finals.
We appreciate all the support the fans at SU have been providing,
even in not so perfect weather conditions. The team would also
like to thank Ian Daulton's parents for setting up a photographer
for team photographs for the first time ever.
We look forward to seeing everyone in two weeks at home against
Austin College on Gainey's birthday, and Parents Weekend.
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