I know, I know, I know; it’s been a while since my last lacrosse update. I apologize for my tardiness, and, rather than make excuses, I am just going to jump right into getting us all up to speed:
On February 20, the Georgia men’s lacrosse team hosted the rival Gators at the Club Sports Complex for a frigid SELC showdown. Junior midfielder and team captain Cayman Sotudeh notched the contest’s first goal, and sophomore attack Phil McCarthy followed with another. After Florida cut the lead to 2-1, Sotudeh sneaked a bounce shot past the goalie and freshman midfielder Cory Phillips pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 4-1. Once the second half got underway, the Gators scored three straight goals to tie the game, but junior attack Daniel O’Meara reclaimed the lead for the home team with a man advantage. Back and forth the battle continued, with the score snarled at seven as the clock ticked under two minutes. Senior midfielder and team captain George Walker, his great hair unfazed by the bitter cold, put the game-winner in the back of the net to claim the 8-7 victory for the Classic City Canines.
On February 21, the Georgia women’s lacrosse team took on their South Carolina counterparts at the Intramural Fields in Athens. The Red and Black took an early lead on a free position shot by junior midfielder and team captain Tali Brennan, and the Bulldogs were up, 3-0, before the, um, I’m going to guess Gamehens got their first goal off of a Georgia turnover. After the home team built up a 10-3 halftime advantage, regular draw controls by senior attack and team captain Jenna Dreyer helped extend the Athenians’ advantage to 14-4. Although the last goal was scored by the Garnet and Black, Georgia cruised to an 18-6 victory.
On February 28, the Red and Black gentlemen traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on South West Division opponent Alabama. The contest began with a Bulldog barrage, as sophomore midfielder John "Johnny New" Newar, junior midfielder D.J. Nuckolls, O’Meara, Phillips, and Walker (twice) all scored in the course of building up a 6-0 Georgia lead. Walker got the hat trick early in the second half to make it 7-2, but the Tide then began to roll, as ‘Bama took advantage of multiple extra-man opportunities to cut the Bulldogs’ edge to 7-6. Walker responded with his fourth goal of the game, but the Crimson Tide made it a one-goal game with 75 seconds remaining and yet another man advantage. With six seconds remaining, junior goalie and team captain Alex Austin made an heroic save to preserve Georgia’s second straight 8-7 SELC victory.
Both teams will be taking a break before playing a quartet of home games three weekends hence. The guys will return to action against Vanderbilt at the Intramural Fields on the evening of March 20 and against TCU at the Club Sports Complex on the afternoon of March 21. The ladies will play a double-header at the Intramural Fields on the afternoon of March 21, when they will square off with South Florida and Coastal Carolina in consecutive contests. There’s some good lacrosse being played in Athens, folks; if you can, you should make it to one or more of these upcoming home games to show your support.
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