Editor’s Note: Please welcome University of Georgia Junior midfielder and Team President, Conner Reed to MCLA Fan. He will be writing about the Bulldogs throughout the 2013 season as they compete in the SELC D1 and make a run for the National Tournament.
Dawgs Back In Action
After what seemed like forever (okay, so it was only one week off…), the Dawgs were back in action this weekend. Games with Ole Miss and Vanderbilt were the first two division games of the year for UGA. Unfortunately, the game on Friday in Ole Miss has been postponed due to rain. Waffle House wasn’t a bad Friday morning alternative, though.
On Sunday, the Dawgs took on the Vanderbilt Commodores at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia. On a cold, overcast afternoon, the Dawgs got off to a slow start. Vanderbilt started the scoring a few minutes into the first quarter. A few minutes later senior midfielder Matt Dumbleton answered the Vandy goal with a lefty ripper of his own. The rest of the first quarter was back and forth, but the Dawgs entered the second with a 6-4 lead. After the ‘Dores made it 6-5, sophomore midfielder George Walker closed out the first half with an unassisted goal, beating the Vandy keeper to the bottom right corner. UGA went into the half up 7-5.
After shaking off the rust in the first half, the Dawgs got on a roll in the 3rd quarter. Two goals by sophomore attackman Daniel O’Meara started the onslaught. These goals were followed by goals by sophomore attackman Michael Trainer, senior attackman Trent Dean, sophomore midfielder Evan Hamrick, and freshman attacker Kyle Reed. To the delight of the pro-Georgia crowd at Centennial, the score was 13-5 Dawgs heading into the 4th quarter.
A three minute nonreleasable stick penalty on the Dawgs opened the 4th, letting Vanderbilt make a run. Over the first half of the 4th quarter, the Commodores scored 4 unanswered goals. However, the Dawgs would put the game away with about 2 minutes remaining, after another Dean goal. A sick top right ripper from senior defensive midfielder Garrett Whitehurst ended the scoring, making the entire sideline question where he’s been hiding that cannon for the last four years. The final score from Centennial was 15-9.
The attack unit led the Dawgs to their ninth victory of the year, with Dean, O’Meara, and Trainer all carding hat tricks and a total of 5 assists. Sophomore goalie David Lumsden made 16 saves and sophomore defenseman Peter DeWispelaere gathered 3 groundballs to lead the defense. The trio of faceoff men was led by Harrison Cassada, who won 11 faceoffs, renewing the old Alpharetta/Milton rivalry at the x against former Alpharetta faceoff specialist Stephen Dolbow. Patrick Fennell and Tommy Orme added a few faceoff wins as well.
Georgia is currently 9-0 and #16 in the latest MCLA Coaches’ Poll. You won’t have to go on another long break from hearing from me, as the Dawgs take on SELC rival Clemson in the Classic City on Friday 3/29 at 7pm in what is always a very physical, high-scoring affair. Check out Georgia lacrosse on Twitter @UGALax, Facebook at UGA Men’s Lacrosse Team, or the Georgia team website for updates, pictures, and more information.