Heading east after the contest with TCU, on Sunday afternoon Feb 3rd in Dallas your Texas Aggie lacrosse team took on and defeated the SMU Mustangs 21-12. The 2018 LSA Championship rematch boasted fantastic support—SMU’s Crum Field drew a large turnout of Aggie parents, lax alumni, and fans of the game.
Maybe it was the good night’s sleep, the pep talk from Coach, or both. The Ags were on fire from the opening whistle, controlling the gb’s and possession time. After grabbing the first faceoff, the maroon middies and attack used their 80 seconds and tested the Mustang defense with several dodges and shots. Hustle from the attack kept possession in a few ground ball battles, and the Aggies fought on with their remaining time. With the shot clock closing in on 0, attackman AJ Hepting (#24 Sr A Kingwood) wowed the crowd on a leap from behind the goal and across the crease to net the first goal.
Riding the lefty senior Auggie Buerkle’s 3g 1a in the first quarter the Aggie run on SMU soaring to a 9-1 lead after the 1st quarter and added a 4-1 run in the second to go up 13-2 at the half. Great ball movement on offense, great attack play, and a tough defense disrupting SMU passes aided the Aggie lead. Critical saves by Robertson (#6 Jr G Dallas Jesuit) stifled any chance at an SMU answer to the Aggie offense.
The Aggies however, couldn’t quite carry the same momentum through halftime. They had an emotional let down in the 3rd and allowed the Mustangs 6 goals, and only answering 2. SMU capitalized and came out of the break with a refocused transition game, creating more possessions and scoring opportunities.
In the fourth A&M redeemed themselves and outscored SMU 6 – 4 to finish strong.
The Aggie attack accounted for 14 goals and 6 assists, with six midfielders netted 7 goals and 4 assists for the Aggies.
The Aggie scorers: GW Bodden (#93, Jr A TMI) 6g , Auggie Buerkle (#16, Sr A Bowie) 4g 2a, AJ Hepting (#24 Sr A Kingwood) 3g 2a, James McDowell (#5 Fr M The Woodlands) 3g, Chris Buell (#23 So M Highland Park) 2g 1a, Chandler Locklear (#21 Sr M Magnolia) 2g 1a, Gavin Planeta (#2 So M The Woodlands) 1g, Hunter Valk (#20 So M Cedar Park) 1g 2a, Aden Whitworth (#18 Jr DM Collingswood, Vancouver) 1g rounded out the scoring for Texas A&M. Goalie Marco Robertson (#6 Jr G Dallas Jesuit) 14 saves 10 goals against.
Ground balls: Aggies – 24, SMU – 19
A&M 23 10 8 14
SMU 3 13 17 14
A&M 9 4 2 6
SMU 1 1 6 4
In this 48th season of Aggie Men’s Lacrosse, A&M is now 4-0 overall.