SU LETS UPSET SLIP THROUGH ITS HANDS (3/5/05)
On Saturday, the Bucs hosted TSU, a Div. A team headed for the
playoffs, and one that has continually improved under coach
Campbell over the past couple of years.
For most, in fact anyone watching the predictions, this game was a
no brainer. Texas State would win, and do so in a fashion that
was indicative of the scores they have been putting up all year.
In other words, SU had no chance. The only problem with that is
that SU has a pretty good team this year, and while they are still
going through some growing pains, as all teams are, the Bucs knew
they could play a solid game and surprise everyone.
The team, continually improving with each day, came out in front
of another large crowd and took control from the very beginning.
SU's defense was stellar from the start, and the rest of the team
out-hustled and outplayed TSU from the first whistle until half-time.
Many open shots missed goals for both teams, but SU was able to
get TSU on their heels early and take advantage early and often on
man up opportunities.
Southwestern took a 5-2 lead into half-time, with the satisfaction
of having played with total dominance.
Credit must be given to an excellent and unflustered TSU team. As
the third started, TSU came out, obviously a little miffed about
the score, and proceeded to rack up penalty after penalty
including at one point a three man up for SU.
At such a crucial time in the game, TSU was the team that took
advantage, scoring on two man-downs, and forcing itself and its
will back into the game, finally tying the game at 6 with just
under three minutes left in the third.
After another quick goal just before the quarter ended, TSU was
able to take its first lead of the game into the fourth. TSU
never looked back. Within a span of 4 minutes, TSU bounced its
lead to 10-6 before SU was able to steady itself.
During its run, TSU was able to score on several fast breaks,
catching our guys and our goalie in one on one situations. Jake
had no chance. If not for the fast breaks, SU might have won
handily. TSU made things happen, however. The sign of a good
team, they created opportunities out of adversity and capitalized
With just under three minutes left in the game, SU was able to put
a couple of quick goals in to get within two at 9-11. Again, as
happened most of the day, SU was able to win the face-off. In the
process of gaining possession, however, SU was called for touching
the ball with the hands, off a fluke bounce. That was all TSU
Selling out to get the ball back, TSU was able to get one more
goal and then run the clock out while on a man up.
TSU was a very good test for the Bucs, who have not seen this type
of competition since their first loss of the season. Oddly
enough, it was the defense (not just long poles), the area that
has been so stable all year, that got torched in the second half.
It truly was a game that the Bucs could have stolen. TSU simply
refused to lose. Everything else was equal. both teams were
extremely physical, fought hard in the open and on ground balls,
and forced the action.
TSU was able to shut SU down on its numerous man ups in the second
half early on, and that was probably the turning point.
The Bucs have almost a month off between Spring Break and Easter
Break, before hosting Trinity at home for the first time in almost
4 years. This will be a huge game as both teams should be in the
playoffs, and Trinity has looked solid all year, securing the
number one seed in the South division already. In fact, it is
likely this could be a prelude to a match-up in the playoffs in
We appreciate all the fans and the Bobcats for making the trek to
the fields, and wish TSU the best in their first playoff
appearance in Div. A.
Finally, Matt Gainey, who along with most of the guys on the
team , again had an exceptional day, moved within striking
distance of the elite 100 goal club. Gainey passed the 100 point
club against Austin College a couple of weeks back and will reach
the Hall of Honor for SU lacrosse by the end of the season. What
makes this so impressive is the fact that Gainey only played in 5
games his freshmen year and skipped his entire sophomore season.
In literally one and a half years, Gainey has come to this point.
As lacrosse is truly a team sport, the individual accolades mean
less than the W, but credit should be given for the short and
storied career that is unfolding by the BMXer from San Antonio.
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