SOUTHWESTERN OPENS ITS 2006 CAMPAIGN WITH A VICTORY (2/11/06)
Finally. After 4 long weeks of practice, an encouraging scrimmage
against Texas, and three games that were cancelled, Southwestern
stepped on the field for the first time this past Saturday for a
game that meant something.
Hosting the upstart Oklahoma Sooners, new to the LSA, and playing
in Div. B this year, the Bucs wanted to find out where they where
at this point.
With the largest roster in the past 10 years, Southwestern suited
up 32 players and was able to get every single one of them in the
Oklahoma has played several games and has markedly improved each
game, showing a poise that most first or even second year teams
are unable to muster.
Southwestern comes in with a team that only lost 2 main players
from last season's historic championship run. However, those two
players were both All-Americans at attack.
Over the next few games, our hope is to find the system(s) and
players that will allow us to fill this huge void.
One thing that has stayed constant, is our defense. The entire
defense is returning, including All-American Alex Gette, who
picked up where he left off last year with a goal of his own, and
Rookie of the year Jake Dickson at Goalie.
The defense led the way the entire game, only allowing one goal to
be scored on it, on a 2 man down situation. The other goal came
from a knocked down pass from behind the crease from one of our
defenders that bounced off our defenders leg and trickled in.
With a final score of 11-2, Southwestern was able to see many
things that it needed to work on. The most important being
penalties. Southwestern racked up almost an entire quarter worth
of penalty minutes. This is something that is very
uncharacteristic and that really inhibited the flow of the game
and our offense to find a rhythm.
Pritchett and Jeffocat led the way in the point category, while
several players were able to contribute offensively.
Jones, newcomers Irish and Fleschig all played solid games, as
well as the usual suspects of Daulton, Nelson, and Kerr. Claiborn
received the game ball for helping to lead a solid effort on
defense, and Sample, Lockwood and Arrington all showed that they
need as much time on the field as possible with their hustle.
The entire team recognized we have work to do, especially as our
next game on Saturday is against Preseason #20 in the nation Ft.
Lewis Skyhawks, out of Durango Colorado. This will be a very
tough test for the Bucs early in the season, before heading back
to Georgetown on Sunday for a game against the TCU Horned Frogs.
We would like to thank the members of the University of Oklahoma,
a very classy team for coming down to Southwestern and playing.
We wish them the best of luck as they continue the rest of their
- Bill Bowman
Back to Men's Schedule/Results (2006)
Back to Men's Lacrosse Home
Back to Lacrosse Home