SU PLAYS HISTORIC GAME AGAINST #16 HARDING UNIVERSITY (3/27/04)
On Saturday, March 27th, SU travelled up to UTA to play Harding
University from Arkansas at a neutral site, in the first ever
meeting between the two teams. Harding came in undefeated and
ranked #16 in the nation, and SU came in at 6-3 and #17 in the
nation. The game proved to be a tale of two halves.
To start the game, SU benched its star face-off man, leading
scorer, and starting goalie due to inadherance to team policies.
SU was able to hold the line early until the starters came in at
the 6 minute mark of the first quarter. Adams, who stepped in at
goalie made a nice save early on, and the rest of the team played
great in transition.
Once the starters came in, SU started scoring, notching its first
of the day on a man up to Gainey. Shortly after, Harding came
back and tied the game at one.
At that point, SU finished out the quarter with the lead 5-1, and
went into the half ahead 7-4.
Credit must be given to Harding. They never quit, and literally
stole the momentum in the second half by out-hustling SU in every
facet of the game. SU only scored twice in the second half.
After taking a brief 9-6 lead, SU proceeded to allow Harding to
score 6 unanswered goals to end the game with a 12-9 victory.
The Bucs were able to hold the lead until midway through the 4th
quarter when Hardng broke the second tie of the game and took
their first lead of the day. With time running out and SU in need
of possession, SU doubled the ball and was beat inside two minutes
twice for two goals that sealed the fate of SU.
The Buc's came out lethargic in the second half, found no
offensive motion, and were simply out-hustled and out hit in the
second half by a Harding team that wanted the game more. In fact,
#17 managed to have one of the best games SU has seen from any
individual player in years with 9 goals and one assist to have
more points than the entire SU team put together.
SU had a great opportunity to represent the LSA and to play a
formidable opponent, and was simply not able to match the
intensity and never say die attitude of the Harding players and
The team would like to thank Harding for making the trip down to
Dallas to play SU, as well as UTA for hosting both teams at a
neutral site. The game was a good experience, and showed, that
anyone can start something, that is the easy part. It is much
harder to finish what you started. Harding was able to accomplish
this and was rewarded with the win. SU was not.
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