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SU CONTINUES TO ROLL IN DIVISION PLAY (2/29/04)

Southwestern hosted the UTSA Roadrunners, winless on the season, but still a very talented team. In fact, last year UTSA took the lead in SA with 26 seconds left before SU came back to tie the game and eventually win in overtime.

Coming into this game, SU knew UTSA would play hard, and they did. For the first half the game, however, SU did not. In fact, the Bucs were content top exchange goals with the Roadrunners, and were continuously out-hustled and outplayed in the first half as the let down coach Bowman was waiting for at some point reared its ugly head.

By half-time, SU held on to a tenuous 1 goal advantage at 5-4, and started off the third by giving up 2 goals to go behind for the first time in the game.

That is when Bier and the rest of the team decided to wake up and play with the intensity they have been capable of showing. Bier started a three goal blitz in a matter of three minutes that put SU up by two, and SU never looked back as it continued to score a total of 8 unanswered goals the rest of the game before UTSA placed a meaningless goal in the net with one second left on the game clock.

The 13-7 win put SU in very good position for a playoff run at 5-1 in division and 5-2 overall, nursing a five game win streak in the process.

SU has no illusions about the second half of the season, which starts next weekend against the defending champion St. Edward Hilltoppers, and the Preseason #5 team in the nation.

In fact, St. Ed's beat #6 KSU this week. Not only St. Ed's, but SU is playing 3 out of its next six games against nationally ranked teams.

If SU is able to pull off the upset against St. Ed's in Austin next week, it will almost guarantee a spot in the playoffs for the first time in almost ten years.

Game balls went to Biermacher, who along with Caldwell, Frank, Gainey and Jeffcoat, always carry the team offensively, but seldom get singled out as they are expected to do what they do. Bier sparked the team to a quick turnaround with his mastering of the face-offs once again, and gave SU its first multiple goal lead of the day. We never looked back.

The other game ball went to first year player, and new to the game, Travis Nelson, getting his first start at D along with Sholars and Kunkelmann. Nelson played a controlled game. His positioning was excellent all day, and he truly stood out on the field.

Gupta and the third line again took many valuable minutes, notching the first assist of the day, and Jones almost scoring point blank on the UTSA goalie. Daulton returned after a two week hiatus for surgery, and while, playing hurt for the rest of the year, would not be denied time on the field. He stepped in for an injured Gette at man down middie, a place he started the season, and did an exceptional job.

Emmel notched an assist to keep his string of at least a point a game alive, and the attack led the team in the point category again. Adams, who we thought would have to step in for injured Ehrlich at goal played brilliant on the first line all day, as did Arrington, again showing great promise at facing off.

Many thanks goes out to Weldon, who has been injured since the beginning of the season, but is expected back right after Spring Break for the home stretch, and Mr. Caldwell, Dave's dad for shagging balls, and helping line fields.

St. Ed's will be our toughest battle to date. An underrated team this year because of some early losses, St. Ed's is a very good team that is well coached. In order for SU to come away with a win, it will need to be at the top of its game.

We hope all will make the drive to St. Ed's next week to support the Bucs in what stands to be a very big game for the young team. The real season is just beginning for the Bucs, as people are starting to notice, but now that they are we have to decide how we will respond.


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