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SOUTHWESTERN GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED LONGHORNS IN 16-6 LOSS

[2/8/08] After a tough loss the week before to LSA D1 Baylor, the Bucs travelled the short distance to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns, the first time these two teams have matched up in over 5 years. The Longhorns, currently ranked #25 in the MCLA D1 National Poll, are a very well coached team. Noah's guys are class act, and it was a great learning opportunity for the young Bucs.

The Bucs knew in order to be able to play a solid game against a team with over 50 on the roster, they would have to be in better shape. They worked very hard over the week in preparation to make sure they could run with the multiple player packages UT would throw at them.

The Bucs came out fired up, determined to play as hard as they could, never giving up the entire night. By the end of the first quarter, the Bucs only trailed 2-1. By the middle of the 2nd quarter, it was tied 4-4, and the Bucs were playing great defense and taking advantage of the opportunities they did get to score. Texas was able to break the tie and score three unanswered to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. The Bucs were very happy with the play, as everyone played with much more intensity, and the score showed.

As the third started however, the inexperience of Southwestern showed. The Bucs could not pick up the ground balls, and in any unsettled situation, the Longhorns we simply too good, placing 5 more goals in the net to take a 12-5 lead going into the final stanza. The Longhorns were able to add 4 more in the fourth, to 2 for the Bucs, to finish the 16-6 win. While the score did not show it, the Bucs were excited to have played such a great team and all felt they learned valuable experience from being on the field against so many excellent players.

For the second game in a row, Irish started the scoring for the Bucs. Webb continued in form, as did Wersonske, and Thompson came up with some great assists as well. Many of the new guys also made great strides in this game, including Nate "Rainbow" Carney who had to step in and play over a half at D for injured Fletch. Mock, Connor, and Chase all did a good job in transition as well. Jake played great at LSM and Cole, Fern and McDonough also did an excellent job on the defensive side of the field.

While 0-2 to start the season, the Bucs set up these games with one goal in mind. They were aiming to get valuable experience for all players before conference play began, so they would be prepared for the D2 season that started on Sunday against long time foe, UTA.

A big thanks goes out to Noah and the Longhorns for hosting us and for being one of the classiest teams we have played. Best of luck in your season.

- Bill Bowman