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The alumni game is an annual tradition at Southwestern's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
While the score will show that the current SU Lacrosse team prevailed in the final box score, all that showed up to play on Saturday were winners.

For the first time since I can remember, the alums showed up in force, with literally members of the team from as far back as the '89 championship, to those that were on last years Championship team, and literally everywhere in between.

In all, over 17 alums suited up to play the current roster and a good time was had by all. Webb went on a scoring spree as did Jones and Irish and Thompson for the Bucs.

While the scoring in the 16-5 game was much more spread out for the alumn, coached by Hall of Famer Monty Curtis, all the goals were definitely a big deal. The alumni who made it in the score book include Frank Makal on a move that even faked himself out, Eric Baker on one of his patented moves from behind the crease, Jay Gupta, who camped out in the crease and painted a top corner, Biermacher, who hasn't lost too many steps (jk), and the Elder statesman in the scoring column, Jeff English, who scored on a coast to coast, pele-esque drive that ended in a goal in front of his kids, who had never seen him score. What a treat.

There, were of course, moments that will be remembered, such as Om playing long stick, Om holding Fletch's stick(because Om told him not to run too much) and Fletch getting called for a holding penalty, and Om literally ; ) juking Webb so bad he nearly broke his ankles. Do we see some patterns developing. Om came out to scout and trash talk earlier in the week, and his shenanigans on the field were a continuation.

I'm sure I'll miss some of the alums, but thanks goes out to Zan "white lightning", Zach Beaty, Nick Sortin, Ben Thompson, Andy Ozley, Dave Bryant, Eric Baker, Frank Makal, Mike Jeffcoat, Eric Stein, Daniel Ehrlich (who bought new white cleats for the game - but borrowed mine when he was playing), Jeff English, Matt Denton, Alan, Brent "Pasty" Wilson, Om Panchal, Jay Gupta.

Alumni who were there but did not dress include Scott Adams, Foresberg, Andrew Magnuson, and Westin Hurt.

This was truly an amazing turnout and the team sincerely appreciates it and all the support we have received from our lacrosse brethren.

Our hope, after over 24 years of lacrosse at Southwestern, is that the alumni continue to have a strong presence in following our team each year, and in making it back and strapping on the "oldschool" helmets and pads one more time each year in conjunction with Homecoming.

The team is where it is in large part because of the groundwork that each of the alums has laid. We enjoyed every minute of the game, especially the part where Frank whiffed on a wide open shot (sorry Frank, I had to get that one in there), and seeing two of the best face-off men in the teams history in Stein and Bier(who finally got to play attack - if I'd only known back then what I do'd still have played middie : )), as well as some of the great defenders in Pasty, Thompson, Sortin, Denton(it was great to see you ON the field) and Ehrlich, and the two great goalies in Bryant and Ozley(who has literally played just about every position).

Zan and Beaty and Stein haven't lost a step. Baker continues to amaze with his wizardry around the crease, Jay and Om, well let's just say, what would Southwestern Lacrosse be without them. I've never seen a first year Med student so calm and happy Jay, and Om, stop cheating, your teaching our young players some bad habits. And it was great to see English and Jeffcoat. English for scoring in front of his kid (and not bribing anyone to do it JK), and Jeffocat for showing up EARLY for the first time ever for a game.

We hope the alums will continue to follow our team this year as we make a push for the national championships for a third straight year. Thanks for making this one of the best homecoming games ever guys, and dare I say, see you next year!!!

- Bill Bowman

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