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GREAT CROWD, GREAT GAME, TOUGH LOSS (1/30/04)

Southwestern (and quite a few of its fans) travelled down to Trinity on Saturday to play the Trinity Tigers, a place where SU came out and upset the Tigers three years ago.

With a night game under the lights, and a crowd of over two hundred on hand to watch the game, it was a perfect night for a lacrosse game.

Southwestern started the game with a man-up as the Trinity field was not properly lined, but failed to capitalize on the non- releasable penalty.

Shortly after, however, Gainey, fresh back from a two year hiatus from the field and team, scored his first and the first goal of the game, to give SU the early lead.

Shortly after Trinity tied the game up, followed by a rocket shot from Gainey on another man-up.

Trinity finished the quarter with another goal to tie it up at the end of one at 2 a piece.

The second started the same as the first, with SU taking another lead, only to see Trinity come back and tie, then take the lead for good. By the end of the half, Trinity was up 6-4.

Southwestern plagued by senseless penalties last year and this young season, was given a three minute non-releasable penalty to start the third quarter when a freshman's stick (again bought off the shelf at the start of the season) was deemed illegal because the head was too narrow by a fraction.

SU was able to weather this storm, but totally lost the momentum, and ended up with another man-down as the first expired. This lead to a scoring spree, which saw Trinity take a 12-6 lead into the fourth quarter. SU fought back, and quickly, getting the score back to 12-8 in the first few minutes of the fourth, and allowing only one more goal from Trinity the rest of the game.

It was a costly one however. With a little over five minutes left, SU brought the score to within 3, and had a great opportunity to bring the deficit down by only two.

As had happened so many times during the game before, the Trinity goalie proved to be the difference, making a stop, and leading the fast break to the other end for a quick score.

Eight of the 13 goals from Trinity were off transition fast breaks. This is something the young SU team will only get better at as the season goes on.

Southwestern took twice as many shots during the game as Trinity, and many of them were on cage and quality shots. Several even hit pipe. The goalie played very well. Both goalies spent time in the penalty box, allowing SU to get a look at its new back up Justin Adams, thrown into action only this week, and reluctantly at that. A former catcher, Adams made two great saves during the penalty and was not scored upon.

Overall SU played much better than it had the week before against NSU, controlling many ground balls, and playing a physical brand of lacrosse.

Again, many newcomers stepped up in their short SU lacrosse careers, and had an impact on the field. MacConnell, Daulton, Jones, and Gette, all played very well. Emmel is turning out to be a natural middie, and will only get better.

Caldwell, Makal, and Jeffcoat all joined Gainey in the scorer's box. Gupta and Om both anchored a line that provided much depth SU hasn't had in a long while.

We are looking forward to heading East to play Centenary on Saturday, and SFA on Sunday, two must win game as this young but topsy turvy season is beginning to take shape, and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

With such parity in the league, four losses in the division will probably mean a ticket home for the playoffs. As of right now, it is wide open, and every game counts.

We appreciate all the fans and family members that came out to the game to support the Bucs. Thanks to the Gainey's for bringing Gatorade for the players.

We will head back for a long home stand next week, all games very important. See you there.


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