Southwestern opens 2001 season with a tough loss at home

JAN 27, 2001 - The Southwestern Lacrosse team opened its 2001 season at home on Saturday against USLIA newcomer University of North Texas (UNT). A low scoring game, Southwestern and UNT fought off rain, cold and muddy field conditions to play to a 7-7 tie at the end of regulation. During the game, the lead changed several times and there was never more than a two goal lead by either team.

Going into the 4th quarter, Southwestern was down by two before tying the game with a little over 5 minutes left. Both teams had their chances to win the game outright, including an errant whistle that disallowed a goal by Southwestern with just over two minutes in the game when a referee prematurely blew a whistle to stop play on a delayed penalty against UNT.

Overtime began with several chances for Southwestern to notch the win. An early fast break shot at point blank range veered wide right, and two other shots hit the goal post before UNT had a chance to take the ball to their offensive end. Finally, after a great defensive stand, UNT placed a perfect shot in the top right corner to end the game.

While a tough loss, and painful way to begin the season, the team felt very encouraged about their play on the field and their potential once they start clicking on all cylinders.

The long sticks played outstanding the entire game, with solid help from middies. For the first game of the season, everyone played very well. Minus a couple of key players to injuries, the team was at full strength for the first time in almost three years.

Jamin Welch, Marc Harrision and newcomer Zan Smith were among those that scored goals. Several freshmen, including David Caldwell, stepped in to play key roles, despite being new to the game of Lacrosse.

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