Editor’s Note: Vincent Rubino put together a great recap of the South Carolina Gamecocks 2013 season. South Carolina plays in the SELC D1 and ended their season at 9-5. Vincent is a sophomore midfielder for the Gamecocks from Crofton, Maryland.
South Carolina Gamecocks 2013 Spring Season Recap
The South Carolina Men’s Club Lacrosse team finished off their spring 2013 campaign with a record of 9-5. During the season the Gamecocks experienced the highest of highs, and lowest of lows. The season started at the team’s opening meeting on January 15th, all the gear was handed out, expectations were set, and focus was gained. South Carolina hit the ground running the next night as they took the field for the first time.
USC opened their 2013 season with a scrimmage against another in-state school, College of Charleston. It was an excellent opportunity for South Carolina to gage how far they had come in the first two weeks of practice, and also to get everyone on the team some playtime.
The Gamecocks headed up to Gaffney, South Carolina for a play-day with Limestone and Washington and Lee. These scrimmages were a great gage for the Gamecocks to see how they matched up against two excellent NCAA schools.
A week before our regular season started, the team took a trip to Ft. Jackson for some conditioning and team bonding. The day was long, cold, and grueling. But it was an experience all of our players will cherish for quite some time looking back on it.
South Carolina headed down to Tallahassee, Florida to start off their season with match-ups against Florida State, Georgia, and Central Florida. The Gamecocks’ parade was rained on physically and theoretically.
South Carolina lost their opener to Florida State Friday night by a score of 15-11 in a torrential downpour. The Gamecocks once again found themselves on the short end of the stick Saturday evening after a tough 10-9 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. But the sun did come out for the Gamecocks on Sunday afternoon. USC picked up their first win of the season over Central Florida by the final score of 12-9.
The Gamecocks traveled to Athens, Georgia to take on Texas Christian University and the University of Iowa. USC was able to breeze through both games beating TCU 17-5 and Iowa 12-6. It was a rather chilly weekend on the campus of UGA, but everyone on the sideline was warm and able to play in both contests.
The Alabama Crimson Tide was the first team to roll into Columbia. After a physical first half, the Gamecocks found themselves trailing 6-4 at halftime. South Carolina rallied back to outscore the Crimson Tide 8-2 in the second half, rolling the Tide right out of the game. (Big thanks to Alabama goalie Jake Springer for the midseason best gear award).
The Gamecocks were at it again two days after the win over Alabama. This time the opponent was different but the ending result was the same. South Carolina edged out a 13-8 win over West Virginia before heading off for Spring Break.
When the Gamecocks returned to Columbia after Spring Break, the team had an important trip up to North Carolina against two divisional opponents in Wake Forest and NC State. South Carolina lost a heart breaker to Wake Forest by the score of 16-15. The Demon Deacons battled back from a number of deficits to take the one goal win. The Gamecocks stumbled again the next day, falling to NC State 12-5. Hats off to the NC State goaltender that was on fire, he made over 20 saves and really stopped the Gamecocks from getting any momentum.
South Carolina had no time to cry over the spilt milk. The defending SELC champion Virginia Tech Hokies were coming to Columbia in just five days. After a long hard look in the mirror, the Gamecocks rallied the troops and put in a hard week of practice before taking on VT. The game was delayed by a half hour due to VT’s late arrival into Columbia. Starting the game late only motivated the Gamecocks more. The game was tight until the end as always. The Gamecocks possessed the ball with a minute to go in the game. A stall warning forced USC to shoot. South Carolina was unable to convert and the Hokies wasted no time. Virginia Tech cleared the ball right up field and scored the go ahead goal off a fast break with a mere 13 seconds left on the clock. The Gamecocks won the faceoff, ran down field, and scored with just one second left in the game to force overtime. South Carolina and Virginia Tech would grind it out until the Gamecocks found the back of the net in the second OT to defeat Virginia Tech.
The Gamecocks played their next three games at home defeating ECU, Miami (FL), and George Washington by a combined score of 40-16. These wins solidified USC’s perfect home record for the 2013 season going 6-0 in Columbia.
South Carolina traveled up to Clemson to finish off the season with a battle with our in-state rival, the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers struck the net first but the Gamecocks responded just minutes later. South Carolina would build a lead that would last all the way until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. South Carolina would enter the fourth quarter on top 9-6, but the Tigers rallied to come back and take down the Gamecocks 4-0 in the fourth quarter giving the Tigers a 10-9 win. The Gamecocks were never able to gain momentum in the fourth as the Tigers rallied behind their rowdy crowd.
South Carolina finished the year with a final record of 9-5, but went just 1-3 in divisional games. USC will miss out on the SELC playoffs this season, after making back to back appearances in 2011 and 2012. With lacrosse season coming to a close, the Gamecocks will finish their last week of school and exams, and ultimately transition into to summer break. They will reconvene in August to start up their fall ball season and start preparing for the spring 2014 campaign.
Wins, losses, goals, assists, playoffs, tailgates, bowl games, and practices all blend together at the end of the day. The most important part of every year is sending our seniors out with proud years of wearing garnet and black. At the end of the day, we will all be going pro in something other than sports. South Carolina graduates seven seniors this year: Woody Angle, Jack Cullivan, Andrew Hargest, Cody Hendricks, Andy MacPherson, Taylor Sones, and Ethan Stanton. Thank you for all the effort you have dedicated in order to make South Carolina lacrosse better and better every year.