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[4/4/08] On Friday, April 4th, Southwestern made the 9 hour trip into Arkansas to play traditional SCAC opponent Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. This time however, was the first time that both teams played in lacrosse. Hendrix is celebrating its inaugural year as a DII Varsity lacrosse team, and agreed to play the Southwestern Club team in an exhibition game on their last home game of the season.

Hendrix literally and figuratively went all out for this event. Over 1,200 people showed up as Hendrix had demonstrations of both lacrosse and field hockey, provided jumpers for kids, face painting, and food, and had a 15 minute firework display at the end of the game.

The facilities and field at Hendrix were, to say the least, unbelievable. The Warriors were gracious hosts to the Bucs from the outset. The mayor of Conway and a state Senator were on hand to throw out the coin toss to start the game and both teams were excited to take the field and show what they could do. Hendrix, with a roster of about 18, and half of their team from the great state of Texas came out and scored two goals before the awestruck Bucs woke up on a man up goal by Lockwood that was assisted by Irish. The Warriors would make the score 3-1 before the Bucs were able to come back with 3 straight goals of their own to take the lead 4-3 with a few minutes left in the half. Both teams traded goals before Hendrix was able to tack two more on to take a 6-5 lead into half.

With some minor adjustments by both teams at half, the play was fast and furious, but neither team was able to find the net in the 3rd stanza. The Bucs, because they refused to control the ball. The Warriors were simply stifled by unbelievable defensive and goalie play the entire third quarter.

As the fourth started, the Bucs were able to tie the game up on a great shot by Webb before Hendrix went on a 3 goal run to take its biggest lead of the game at 9-6 with just over 6 minutes remaining. As it had done all night, the Bucs defense was a wall the rest of the game, not allowing the Warriors to find the back of the net again.

The Bucs did have a little magic left in them however, and Webb was able to place his 4th goal of the night in the back of the net with a little over a minute and 20 seconds left to bring the score to 9-8.

The Bucs knew the ensuing face-off was for the game. After a chaotic scrum at midfield a Warrior wingman picked up the loose ball and in pursuit a penalty flag was thrown on the Bucs. The 1 minute penalty was all the Warriors would need to run out the clock and end the game.

The game was one of the best the Bucs had been a part of in a long time. They left everything they had on the field. The Bucs, along with a considerable crowd, were treated to a front row seat for 15 minutes of fireworks before heading off the field to recuperate for the tough test against Harding the following day.

The entire team played exceptionally well, including Carney, who stepped in at starting D for Fern who is out for the remainder of the year. Carney played better than we would have hoped and will fit nicely into the defensive rotation the rest of the year for us. To single anyone else out would to be fair as the entire team played great to a man.

We certainly appreciate Hendrix for hosting us and wish them the best as they continue their first season as a Varsity Lacrosse program.

- Bill Bowman