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
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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