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[3/1/08] The Bucs hosted the SFA Lumberjacks on Saturday in front of a big crowd that came out for Lacrosse Bash 2008. Both the men's and women's teams hosted games and made a day out of it, with free hamburgers and hotdogs, sponsored by Kappa Chi. Special thanks to Nick Alter for leading the food brigade all day, as well as to all those that helped to make the day a success.

The event was perfect for a perfect weather day as well, with the temperatures in the mid to upper 70's at game time. The Bucs, after the women dismantled the North Texas women's team, knew the opponent was a stout one. The Lumberjacks, after a couple of year hiatus from the league, have come back with a vengeance. SFA has dismantled almost all of the conference opponents they have played this year in convincing fashion. Given the history between the two teams where every game was down to the wire or very close, the Bucs were not going to take the Lumberjacks lightly as they tried to keep the unbeaten conference record intact.

With the huge game on Tuesday night against the #1 team in the nation, a huge confidence booster, the Bucs wasted no time setting the tone and dictating play. The defense was able to stifle some of the best players in the LSA D2 most of the day, and the offense was able to find holes in the Lumberjack defense much of the day as well.

Probably one of the best things to see was #19 back on the field. Heath, who gave everyone a big scare with emergency surgery a mere three weeks ago, had missed the last three games. However, it did force and allow the young middie corps to really step up and find a rhythm on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball during that span. Because of it, we have become much more balanced as a team and the middies are full of confidence. Heath's presence was a welcome surprise and he received the game ball for his three goals on the day.

All the attack played a solid game, each with 6 points and Sr. President, Robert Lockwood was able to notch 5 more points on the day as he continues to make things happen when on the field.

Jake, although not showing up in the record book played an amazing game, truly controlling the middle of the field while on the field and limiting some of the best players in the LSA to few opportunities.

Irish and Wersonske got back on track and played solid games, spreading the ball, and making better decisions. Webb played solid as well. The defense of Fern, Fletch and Cole was stellar as always, with Cole finding the net once again to go along with an assist on the day. McDonough played very well while in and Walker came in and was able to thwart several shots as well. Carney and Tomasz also saw considerable minutes on the field.

Connor has been on a tear the past few games and his ability to be everywhere and find people that are open is really making the transition game take off. His intensity and enthusiasm is also being seen through the rest of the middies as they get on the field. Newcomers Mock and Faulk, along with Chase, Ben, Titus and Orr have all played very well, and are continuing to gain confidence.

The win put the Bucs at 3-0 in conference with games against AC, St. Ed's and Trinity still remaining. With the win, the Bucs secured a spot in the playoffs. From here on out, we see where we fall in the seeding.

The Bucs will host the Austin College Kangaroos this Saturday in our last home game until the last game of the regular season on Sunday, April 13th. We will also be off for a couple of weeks because of Spring Break, before heading back for the big match up with St. Ed's at their place at the end of March.

- Bill Bowman