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SU LOSES AT HOME TO TSU FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER (4/4/04)

With the scores TSU had been putting up against perennial powerhouses in the A division this year, SU knew the game would be a very tough one. It was. On one of the most beautiful days of the year, and the temperature creeping up with the humidity, SU had a tough task at hand if it wanted to maintain its unbeaten streak at home against SWT/TSU.

In the history of the match-up, SWT/TSU had only beat SU twice, both in San Marcos. The game started off with both teams feeling each other out, and SU taking the early 2-0 lead, before TSU came back to tie the score. At the end of 1 it was knotted up at 3-3.

The second quarter saw TSU take a two goal lead before SU came back to tie the game at 5-5 at half.

For most of the third, both teams traded goals and ties, and even leads. With under three minutes left the score was tied at 8.

There is a point in every game when the outcome is decided. For this game, it was in the third with just under 3 minutes. With the score at 9-8 TSU, TSU rolled off four unanswered goals to take the lead to 13-9 at the end of three.

The game was over. The slides that came early in the game were gone. The hustle to ground balls that won possession left the field for SU, and the look of defeat was apparent from the field to the sideline.

For almost three quarters SU was able to hold with a more talented TSU squad. However, even after playing a tough game the day before, TSU was able to out run and gun SU in the final half to secure a solid victory.

Coach Bowman used all four timeouts in the game, and said the exact same thing on all four, get back in transition, they are deadly. SU could not/would not do it, and suffered the consequences. Two thirds of TSU's goals were off fast break opportunities. Daniel had no chance.

SU was able to score on TSU all day. Their slides were not very good. They did have exceptional stick handling skills at the d- pole and in the short sticks, and used that ability to get the ball down the field very quickly for fast break opportunities.

Adams had a standout game, never quitting, finding ways to make an impact. Caldwell had an unbelievable game again, with 5 goals. Caldwell has always played well against TSU. Bier had a solid game again at face-off and got a hat trick.

The opportunities were there for SU, but the conditioning was not. Credit must be given to TSU for a vast improvement over last year. Good luck to them as they fight for their first ever playoff spot.

Next week, SU is at home for its last regular season game of the year before heading to the playoffs. SU is playing UTA, a game that had to be rescheduled. The game still has enormous meaning as SU has fallen to 1-3 over the last 4 games and does not want to be limping into the playoffs on a losing note.


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