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[3/28/09] The Bucs travelled down to Huntsville for their first game after Spring Break for the first time ever under the helm of Coach Bowman for a game that was much anticipated. The Bearkats, under Coach Fritts have shown a marked improvement over last year and have one of the best players in the league. In fact, at game time SHSU had already secured a playoff spot via conference play.

The Bucs knew they had to spread the ball and play great team defense in order to win this game, and that is exactly what they did. The facilities and field were the best the Bucs have been at this year, and the hospitality was 2nd to none.

As play opened, the Bucs were able to gain possession and take multiple shots but were unable to find the back of the net. However, despite great play by the Bearkat goalie the entire day, the Bucs were able to eventually start to find holes in the Bearkat defense, and place the ball in the back of the net.

By the second quarter, the Bucs were rolling, save the small timeout when a wiener dog raced on to the field and chased "Hugga bunch" McDonough out of the crease for a brief moment before play resumed. At the end of the half, the Bucs had a 13-1 lead and were clicking on all cylinders.

Tomasz, Howe and Fletch all played great defense and Marsh stepped in and did a great job at LSM all day. Carney grabbed the long pole for the first time all year on man down situations in the absence of Lange and also did quite well. He did not have a bad game on the other side of the field as well.

The day, however, belonged to Webb and Thompson. Webb ran all over the field and was able to capitalize on multiple opportunities throughout the day, including a one handed grab next to crease before bringing his stick down and placing the ball in the net with one fluid movement. Quite possibly one of his best goals of the year.

The day was set, however, for a sibling rivalry. Thompson vs. Thompson as Heath's brother, Neal plays for the Bearkats in his first season on the team. Heath played an excellent game at both middie and attack, distributing the ball and controlling tempo as well as winning most of his face-offs. For this he received the game ball. Heath, along with Webb are both solid candidates for MVP this year and Heath showed why this day. With a little under a minute left in the game, Heath's brother, Neal made a great move and placed a perfect shot in the back of the net.

Unbeknownst to either coach both immediately raced to the face off box for a final "showdown". Heath got the better of Neal, but Neal was in hot pursuit as the games final seconds ticked off the clock.

All in all, it was a great win against a very good SHSU team, one that is ever improving and will be a definite force in the playoffs in a couple of weeks. The Bucs, including Shug Evans(who played his last game) all played a focused and poised game and were able to come away with the 19-5 win. Heath's mom wearing a Buc shirt and Bearkat hat, was pleased and finally able to take a deep breath after the game as both her boys played great.

After the game, Coach Fritts and the Bearkat team set up a great pizza and pasta buffet for both teams before the Bucs headed back to Georgetown. We wish the Bearkats luck with the rest of their season and in the playoffs.

The win moved the Bucs to 3-0 in conference and set them up for a showdown against the Austin College Kangaroos the following weekend.

- Bill Bowman