Written by Sam Marsh
Megaphone Staff Writer
This has been a busy week for the Bucs’ Lacrosse team. In the thickest part of the season, there isn’t much rest, but the Bucs are thriving. On Tuesday, they faced the Westminister Griffins, the top-ranked team in the nation.
At the final whistle, the score was 9-5 for the Griffins, but there was celebrating in Georgetown. For the 12th-ranked team to hold the top team to nine points was completely unexpected. The Bucs shut down the Griffins’ offense and stayed close in almost every statistical category.
At the end of the first half, the score was only 3-2, and spirits were high by the Bucs bench. Sophomore Connor Hanrahan had an amazing game, earning the game ball. The midfielders came into their own throughout the course of the game, working well on both ends of the field, as well as in transition.
Senior Ben Milovich scored the first goal of the night, off of an assist from Hanrahan. After a slow third quarter, the Bucs brought the score as close as 8-5 before the Griffins scored one final goal. Junior Andrew Webb scored his 100th point, becoming the 13th person in Southwestern Lacrosse history to do so, only two weeks after Senior Bryson Wersonske did the same.
On the other end of the field, Junior James McDonough played well in goal, leading the defense for an amazing night. At the end of the night, everyone was happy with the game. “The lacrosse world is looking at Georgetown, Texas tonight and saying ‘Holy Cow,’” Coach Bowman said.
“We fought hard through the whole game. We usually let up in the third quarter against tough teams, but this time we didn’t. This game showed our young team its true potential,” junior Titus Hawthorne said.
On the following night, the Griffins beat the St. Edwards Hilltoppers 17-4.
Saturday was the 2008 Lax Bash, with the girls playing their first two home games against the University of Texas and the University of North Texas. To start off the day, the ladies fell to the Longhorns, but not without a spirited second half in which they matched their opponent point for point. In the second game, the Lady Bucs beat the UNT Eagles 14-0, dominating their conference opponent.
For the guys, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks came down from Nacogdoches to challenge the Bucs for dominance in the Lonestar Alliance. After their last game, the Bucs were ready to show what they had learned. It didn’t take long for the outcome to be determined. Despite a valiant effort from the Jacks, the Bucs had come into their own and were glad to prove it.
Senior Heath Thompson was back for his first game after neck surgery, and made up for lost time by winning several face-offs and scoring a few times. First-year Thomas Mock scored once on a fast break and did quite well on face-offs. Club president Senior Robert Lockwood had a hat trick, scoring three goals. The defense only allowed three points in the first half, including a scrappy one that rolled past McDonough’s foot after first-year Samuel Marsh knocked it out of a Jack’s stick. The goal was soon refuted by a similarly scrappy one that rolled in after being deflected by Milovich’s stick.
In the second half, the defense shut out the Jacks, and the offense moved the score up to 25, with Wersonske, Webb and birthday-boy junior Martin Irish running the offense to perfection with the middies.
Senior defenseman Cole Claiborne scored once, running the ball from one box to the other and putting it in. Juniors Ian Flechsig and Fernando Cespedes frustrated the Jacks’ attack, shutting down any effort to run plays. For the last five minutes of the game, the offense ran in red, meaning that shots were not to be taken unless they were wide open.
The game ended with the Bucs holding the ball. As good as it felt, there wasn’t much surprise about the result. “We could smell victory like Bill Bowman can smell a donut,” Webb said.
The next time the Bucs take the field will be on Saturday against the Austin College Kangaroos at home. After Spring Break, the Bucs first game will be against St. Edwards.