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 Ride Into Midseason Break
Mid-30 degree temperatures and snow flurries. Not what you would expect in Athens, Ga the weekend before spring break. Nevertheless, the TCU Horned Frogs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and South Carolina Gamecocks made their way to the Classic City for a great weekend of lacrosse.
On Friday night, the Dawgs would faceoff against the University of Iowa. The Hawkeyes started their trip with a goal to take a quick 1-0 lead. Sophomore attackman Daniel O’Meara would tie the game quickly, but Iowa was not phased. The Hawkeyes scored again in an unsettled situation to take a 2-1 lead early in the 1st quarter. It didn’t
take long for Georgia to take control of the game, however. Goals by O’Meara and freshman midfielder Cayman Sotudeh gave the Dawgs the lead for good. Trent Dean added 4 more goals and 2 more assists to his totals. Junior attackman Jake Sciotto earned the game beads for scoring his first career goal. Kyle Reed had 2 goals and 2 assists, and senior defensive midfielder Garrett Whitehurst was doing his best Steve Nash impression with 3 assists. The defense looked great, as per usual, and David Lumsden made 8 saves. Faceoff specialist Harrison Cassada had 11 faceoff wins for the night.
On Saturday, Georgia got all it could handle from TCU. After losing to South Carolina 17-5 on Friday night, the Horned Frogs were out to make a statement Saturday night. UGA got off to a 1-0 start with a goal by senior attackman Trent Dean. TCU would answer quickly and make it 1-1. A back and forth affair would ensue, with TCU taking a 2-1 lead, but O’meara would strike back. It became a family affair when the Reed brothers put the Dawgs up 4-2 by the end of the first. Saturday night’s game was marred by penalties for Georgia, with 7 total minutes in the box. After TCU scored to start the 2nd, sophomore midfielder Evan Hamrick netted a goal and kept the Dawgs up by 2. Goals by K. Reed and Dean would give UGA a 7-5 lead going into the half. Dean would finish with 7 points on the day, and took the national lead in goals scored, and K. Reed would have another hat trick.
Even with some sloppy clearing, Georgia kept a 9-7 lead heading into the 4th quarter. TCU came out firing to start the 4th, helped by several man-up situations. A 9-7 lead turned into a 9-9 tie with about 10 minutes left in the game. However, the Dawgs regained their composure and the energy came roaring back. Two very quick faceoff
wins and 2 Daniel O’Meara goals gave the Dawgs the lead back. After a good defensive stand, Georgia’s Michael Trainer stuck a goal, followed by a man-up ripper from sophomore midfielder George Walker. Goalie David Lumsden made some very clutch saves down the stretch, finishing with 18 on the day. Seniors Brett Botto and Sean Whitney made some great defensive plays as well, stopping the TCU offense in their tracks. Georgia would hold on to win 13-11. Junior midfielder Bobby Merryman got the game beads for some great defensive work and key clears down the stretch.
The #19 Georgia Bulldogs finished the first half of the season and go into spring break with a record of 8-0. The Dawgs start division play on 3/22 in Oxford, MS against the red hot Ole Miss Rebels, and follow that with another division game on 3/24 against Vanderbilt at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia.