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[3/14/09] After an opening night win against host SCAD, the Bucs woke up the next day and made their way back to the complex to play yet another up and coming and nationally ranked team in TWC. TWC had played many top teams in the nation and had either won or lost by a very close margin. This was a game that I knew we would have to play the entire 60 minutes in order to get the win, despite being a little worn out from the night before.

TWC came out and scored first before the Bucs came back and took the lead. The Bucs were able to maintain the lead or keep it tied for the the rest of the game and until the mid mark of the third quarter, when TWC finally took a 7-6 lead. From there, however, the Bucs showed great poise and resiliency and scored three unanswered goals to take a 9-7 lead well into the 4th quarter.

Just as they had done all day, however, TWC did not quit and found a way to go on a 3 goal run of their own to take a 10-9 lead with under 4 minutes left, before the Bucs were able to get the equalizer with a little over 3 minutes in the game. The Bucs, were not able to stop TWC from scoring with a little over a minute left in the game to take an 11-10 lead. However, the Bucs were able to gain possession and a man up situation with under a minute left in the game, but gassed at that point,. threw the ball out of bounds. TWC was able to run the clock out for a big win, and tough loss for the Bucs.

These were two evenly matched teams and the Bucs felt like TWC was able to execute and steal one away at the end by never giving up. The toll of two brutal games showed in the final quarter as the Bucs simply were not able to get the things doen to win the game, and TWC was.

The Bucs also knew their toughest game was to be played in less than 24 hours against #4 Elon. With gallons of gatorade and water, they only hoped they had something left to will them on to a solid performance before embarking on the long bus ride back.

- Bill Bowman