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SU GETS ELUSIVE WIN AGAINST STRONG NSU TEAM (2/13/05)

The Bucs moved to 4-1 on Sunday, and remained undefeated in LSA Div. B play with a solid 14-6 win against a tired NSU team which had played two games the day before, the last one ending at 11:30 the night before.

The Bucs had lost two NSU the only two times they had played last year, the second time knocking us out of the playoffs.

NSU is a hard hitting, never quit team that continuously finds a way to win. Needless to say, the Bucs were very determined to come out and prove something against the #24 NSU Colonels.

For anyone who saw the playoff loss last year, the game started much the same as it did last year. NSU was able to win the first possession and control the ball with many offensive shots before SU was finally able to get the ball away. As with last year, SU had many great looks very early on and failed to capitalize.

To make the resemblance of the two games even more erie, NSU came back down and was able to control the ball on the offensive end, finally capitalizing on a bad play by the defense in front of our goal that left an easy shot on an unsettled situation to take a 1- 0 lead. With half of the first quarter gone in the third meeting between these two teams. SU had still never led or tied the Colonels.

That is when the similarities ended. Shortly after SU got on the board with a picture perfect fast break and one of the five goals on the day by Frank. That is where the first ended, with the teams tied 1-1. Shortly after, Gainey placed a rocket shot past the goalie for SU to take their first lead of the day. The second quarter saw both teams trade goals and SU take a 5-4 lead into half time. As the second quarter unfolded however, the Bucs continued to run, and began to see signs of NSU tiring.

That was all they needed. NSU scored two more goals the rest of the day, the last one in mop up time just before time expired.

In the third, the Bucs began to pull away taking a 9-5 lead, and out-hustling NSU all over the field. Everything that didn't work the day before was as golden as the bright sun that was finally shining on the field. The attack was moving on fast breaks, opening up many shots and goals, and the transition was able to out-hustle NSU to most ground balls, a trademark of Tauzin's team.

Most importantly, SU was able to settle the ball and run its offensive sets. In order to run NSU, SU used all four lines regularly, and it paid off. Daulton notched his first multi score game of his young career, and more importantly, returned to form with his face-off prowess. Gainey got his customary points, and Wersonske, starting at attack on the road, was able to come up with his first hat trick as well.

The defense played exceptionally well, again limiting quality shots, and Jake stopping most of what came his way. Gette scored again, notching a goal in three of our first five games as a d- pole.

As the bench cleared, many of the first years were able to play against a very good team. For instance, Patten came in at goalie under fire on a man down and was able to hold off NSU, while making a couple of strong saves himself.

The rest of the team contributed throughout the game, with Winters getting the nod for the game ball, as he single-handedly played long-stick middie the entire game and has been an example of hustle and determination his entire career.

While many others could have received it, Winters has deserved one for a while now.

The win allowed SU to salvage the weekend, and return home with a solid 4-1 record on the young season. Next week, SU hosts Austin College, a conference opponent that counts for the playoffs. As it is Parent's weekend, we hope to have a large crowd supporting us.

We would also like to thank the parents of Derek Samples and Jacob Dickson for allowing our team to crash at their respective houses. We hope we were suitable guests. Their hospitality was too kind.

Bill Bowman


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