SU STORMS INTO LSA FINALS WITH 13-5 WIN OVER ST. ED'S (4/30/05)
On the last day of April, 2005, the last thing the Bucs had on
their mind was finishing their cinderella season and going home.
The Bucs had worked hard all year, going undefeated in conference
play to earn the first seed and a match-up against underrated St.
Ed's in the first round of the playoffs.
After losing in the first round last year, SU had no illusions
that there is such a thing called playoff intensity, and that the
score and play of St. Ed's in the first game was not indicative of
the play SU would see today.
For a short time, however, it seemed SU would be able to run away
early with the game after Gainey scored just under four minutes
into the game. The rest of the half, however, would be nip and
tuck, as both teams were bogged down with an intense game that saw
most of the half played between the two boxes. SU was able to go
up 3-0 in the second early before allowing St. Ed's to finish the
quarter strong and bring the score to 3-2 at half time.
After a spirited discussion at half-time, the Bucs realized this
could be their last game unless they stepped it up. That is
exactly what they did. Evan, the St. Ed's coach had his guys well
prepared for SU and it took them out of their comfort zone in the
first half. In the second, SU started to create some distance
with three goals before the 9 minute mark, including a second by
Gette (with an assist/screen) by Pritchett, and a solid move by
Kerr. In all the third saw the score in favor of SU at 8-5.
St. Ed's would not score again. To start the fourth, Wersonske
notched two in the first minute and it broke the Hilltoppers
backs. SU finished out the game with three more goals, including
an unbelievable short by Frank as he was plowed by the goalie that
found its way in the empty net from 8 yards out to end the scoring
for the day.
While the score may not indicate it, the game was much closer and
tougher than one might think. St. Ed's was a tough opponent, and
the intensity woke the Bucs up to prepare them for UTA, who had
won against Trinity 10-8 earlier in the day.
The Bucs travelled back to Georgetown ready to come back for the
championship run on Sunday, and a trip to Minnesota for the
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