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ISSUE 116 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/21/2003

Lacrosse destroys Bethel

By Ken Foote
Sports Editor

Friday, March 21, 2003

The one that got away is always the most painful. Having victory within sight and then having it snatched away at the last instant always leaves a sour taste accompanied by bitter disappointment. Unfortunately the lacrosse team suffered two such losses in one weekend. On March 8 the team was vanquished by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and Marquette got the best of the squad on March 9. The Oles squared off with UWSP on Saturday and fell 5-4 in a game the team felt they should have won. “It was a trying weekend,” said goalie Lance Kuehn ‘05. “We really felt we should have beat them [UWSP], but we didn’t play up to our ability.” Against the gifted Marquette team on Sunday morning, the Oles hung tough but gave up a goal in the final minute of fourth quarter to give the Golden Eagles an 11-10 win. “We really didn’t know what to expect in the Marquette game,” Kuehn said. “We knew they were good and we would have to play very well to beat them. We were up going into the last quarter, but we just couldn’t hold them off.” After setbacks like this a team responds in one of two ways; they either become consumed by the defeat and fail to realize their true potential, or they apply what they have learned and strive to finish the season strong. The Oles certainly did the latter. Against Bethel on Saturday night, the squad scored early and often en route to demolishing the Royals 19-4. Team points leader John Chapman ‘03 continued his scoring binge by registering seven goals and an assist in the blowout win. In this game there was no chance of a letdown. The team could be heard throughout the game screaming, “remember Marquette, no let down.” “This was an important game for us,” Kuehn said. “We felt we were the better team going into the game and knew that if we executed correctly we would win. It was also important to get back on the winning track for the rest of the year.” After playing in the likes of the Plymouth and Augsburg domes, the lacrosse team will finally play at St. Olaf, giving students an opportune chance to view what the team calls “the most exciting game on two feet.” The Oles host a tournament April 5 and 6 with games starting in the morning and continuing into the afternoon. The games will be held in the fields behind the Tostrud Center and adjacent to lot I.

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