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Game Stats: SU vs. St. Ed's (3/5/06)

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WOW. The only word to describe the game in Austin against the St. Edward's Hilltoppers this past Sunday.

St. Ed's came into the game sitting at a 5-0 record, literally having dominated every team they stepped on the field against, and in essence, already in the playoffs for this year.

This is a team that has doubled its size, has a new young coach who is my vote for coach of the year at this point, and has this group of players playing with more poise and intensity than SU has seen all year. To top that off, St. Ed's has fans, lots of them, who support them, and it all made for a great game of lacrosse. Any team that does not take St. Ed's seriously will be sitting on the losing end at the end of the game.

In short, this is what the Bucs were up against. And going into the game,they knew it. We knew it would be a close game and that whoever was able to pull away in the second half would probably win it.

That is what SU was able to do. The intensity from both teams from the beginning to the end was playoff style,and the play on the field was an indicator of that.

Luckily, SU had a huge contingency to root the Bucs to victory at the game as well. From die hard parents like the Gette's and the Daulton's (Mr. Daulton is as good as they come by the way), to some SU lacrosse Alums such as newly graduated Frank Makal and David Emmel and long lost Jason "Nasty" Grasty, one of the best goalies to put on the pads for SU.

The support helped as at one point I'm pretty sure I saw the St. Ed's doing the wave, no kidding.

The game started with a quick goal, the first of the game by Ian Daulton, who also scored the last goal of the game in an unsettled situation. Daulton played unbelievable as did many, leaving everything he had on the field, including his pants. The man could not keep them up. Maybe he was inspired by Bryson who could not make the game, but regardless, he was key in transition, face- offs, and the two scores to start and end the game.

Both teams felt each other out in the first half, with the score knotted at 2 at halftime. The game was really a run and gun game with few opportunities for each team to settle the ball and run offense.

The one consistent, however was our entire defense. All our long poles played exceptional, including both Daniel and Fleschig at LSM. Jake was able to to make many great saves including a 3 shot barrage at one point in the game with 2 stuffs.

While our defense was stout, our middies were able to help and call out second slides as well, giving St. Ed's only a couple of uncontested shots all day.

Furthermore, our Face-off men were able to win more than they lost and provide us with the opportunity to keep the ball in our hands and out of the hands of the dangerous St. Ed's offense.

Whether calls, or lack of them, injuries, or whatever, SU was able to play to the level of intensity that St. Ed's brought. Kerr went down early in the first quarter and Baker had to fill in most of the rest of the game, playing a strong game. He had an almost immediate impact with an assist to Jeffcoat early on, and literally hitting 2 pipes on scoring chances.

One of the best goals of the day, however came from Jones on a man- up in the fourth, when he placed a rocket bounce shot in the top right corner of the goal.

SU was able to take the lead for good in the latter stages of the third and never allowed St. Ed's to tie it up. SU was able to go up by 3 two different times to give it the cushion it needed to win the game. Webb is turning into a strong player on our team at attack, and will only get better as our attack gets more experience together.

Overall, everyone played a great game, including Brown, playing with a gash the size of Texas on his eyebrow for most of the game. He consistently won face-offs and made not so routing plays seem easy in many instances that won't show up on the stat sheet. Similar kudos goes to Pritchett for his play on defense and to Thompson who stepped in for injured Sample and played with poise beyond his experience. Jay Gupta with the rebound goal in the second also had a huge impact as well as Kerr coming back in on a hobbled leg in the fourth to help with an assist.

The guys have an opportunity to rest and heal as Spring Break is upon us before we hit the fields again with the toughest part of our schedule still in front of us. We return from Break with a game against equally formidable Trinity, who sits atop the league with no losses in conference, and has managed to dissect their opponents in similar fashion to St. Ed's so far this year.

We follow that up with Baylor, a solid Div. A team who has had SU's number for years, and a trip to the GRLC to play nationally ranked Harding and soon to be nationally ranked St. Louis University.

We appreciate everyone who came out and supported us, and hope you will continue to follow us as we continue our season. After a game like that, we are happy to have some time off, and come back prepared to play against Trinity.

- Bill Bowman

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