SOUTHWESTERN FINISHES SEASON AND TOURNAMENT WITH STRONG SHOWING (5/13/05)
On day 2 of the national tournament, the Bucs had much to be
thankful for. The weather was much nicer, and the Bucs knew they
were playing their last game of the season regardless of the
outcome. Three seniors, Matt Gainey, Dave Winter, and Frank
Makal, all suited up for the last time in their careers, and the
team knew it could play against the #5 team in the nation in St.
After seeing St. John's play in the Nortex tournament at UTA in
February, the Bucs wanted to prove they belonged in the National
tournament against some of the best teams in the league. While
the game against San Diego the day before was disappointing for
many reasons, the Bucs were determined to leave everything on the
field for the last game of the season.
An 8:30 game start, combined with an inspirational viewing and
choice commentary of "Joe Dirt" in honor of Matt Gainey on the way
to the fields put the guys in a mood which proved successful.
The Johnnies drew first blood shortly after the game
started, before Frank notched his first of the day to get SU on
the board shortly after. Scoring was limited by both teams until
the end of the quarter as the game quickly became a run and gun,
transition, all out game. St. John's scored two quick goals within
a minute at the 3:40 mark to take a two goal lead before Matt
Gainey hit his first of the day, unassisted and provided Wersonske
with an assist to tie the game up with just over 1:30 left in the
The second started where the first ended, very fast paced, with
both teams pressuring the ball and pushing it to the opposite end
of the field. In the second, SU scored first with Wersonske's
second goal of the day off an assist by Jones before the Johnnies
tied it up shortly after. MacConnel and Jones both scored to give
the Bucs a 6-4 lead with 4 minutes left in the half, only to see
St. John's fight back to tie the game, the second with only :15
seconds left in the half.
After a quick halftime, in which two classy St. John's fans
decided to come and camp out at our half-time speech, both teams
again began play in what seemingly was a pace that could not be
kept up. Defense buckled down in the third with both teams trading
goals. Su tied it with a rocket shot by Pritchett off yet another
assist by Gainey.
By the end of the third, St. John's had already tried to double
Gainey unsuccessfully, as he continually split the defenders and
found the open guys.
As the fourth started however, St. John's picked up the intensity
yet again and totally dominated the first 8 minutes. While SU had
chances to score, St. John's was able to pick up ground balls, and
control the crease with the defense over committing, and checks
coming with sticks, not body. The result was disastrous. St.
John's methodically poured in 6 goals, most unassisted during that
time to take a 13-7 lead before SU used its last timeout and
With four minutes left SU made its comeback, scoring three goals
and controlling the game over the next three minutes with 3 goals
of its own, and causing St. John's to take one of its timeouts.
The last came from Frank, who along with Gainey had games to
remember as they left the field for the last time ever. Winter,
also played exceptional at LSM, continually stepping in where we
needed him all year, being the ultimate team player for us as the
SU ran out of time. St. John's was the better team in the fourth
quarter for more minutes than SU. That was the difference in the
game. Hats off to St. John's for a great season. They deserve
all the accolades they have coming to them. We hope they make the
trip to Arlington next year, and that they will look favorable to
playing us in a rematch.
As the final whistle blew, everyone to a man was very upbeat, and
felt they played as well as they could in what truly had become a
cinderella season. Again thanks goes out to all the family
members who came up to support their sons and the Bucs, and joined
us for the end of year banquet.
While we left 0-2, we learned a lot, and played with the best in
the nation. Each year we find a way to raise the bar. For
Southwestern Lacrosse, the future looks bright. We may put the
small school from Georgetown, Texas on the national lacrosse map
yet. This year was definitely a solid beginning toward that goal.
I am honored to have been the coach, along with Monty, Kris, and
all the others behind the scenes this year for this team. I am
positive it is something they will remember for the rest of their
In trying to find a way to sum up the season, words from Theodore
Roosevelt come to mind. "Far better it is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than
to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer
much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither
victory nor defeat."
Your 2005 Southwestern Bucs were 12-4, undefeated in LSA, LSA Div.
B champions, and LSA representative to the 1st ever National
Tournament for Division B. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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