Thursday, May 17, 2012 – 12:09:06 AM (Friday)
CSU 11 BYU 5 NATIONAL SEMIS
It is late, I am tired. I will tell more tomorrow as we have most of 48 hours to prepare for the final exam on Saturday night, so I will hopefully find a little writing time between now and then.
It will be an all green final in Greenville as we match up #1 Cal Poly and #2 CSU. We will have to wear the green ‘away’ jerseys on Saturday, while the Mustangs will come out wearing the white ‘silks’ as the higher seed. BYU is blue and probably jetting their way home on a charter shared with ASU. Both those teams had high expectations coming here. Poly would seem to be on a voyage that has destiny as the final destination. We are just on your basic war mission. Winning is not a hope, or even an option. It is what happens when you ‘kill’ enough of the enemy. There is no history to think about.
LET ME JUST SAY THIS ABOUT THAT – THE ‘ANSWER’
We went ahead early in the BYU game. We led 6-1 until the Cougars scored a huge momentum goal at the one second mark before halftime to put the game in reach at 6-2, and I do think that a 5-goal lead in lacrosse is very difficult to overcome, but somehow in my mind 4 is not, so that final goal of the half stung me.
But then the greatest thing happened right away. Well, actually it was after like 40 minutes of halftime, but at any rate Danny (#5) nailed the opening face off, took it down and BOOM, we scored, and only “nine seconds” had ticked off the actual game clock. It answered the momentum swinging BYU goal previously scored as time expired in quarter 2 with an emphatic early second half dunk, and we quickly led by 5 again, 7-2, with lots of game left. We stretched it to 9-2 before the teams traded a few on the way to the 11-5 final.
THE DOGS OF WAR
Hayden (#12) Porter deserved and won the team Helmask to wear as player-of-the-game until the next time we win. We don’t want Hayden to have to wear the mask for a year. A year, as we all know all too well, can be a very long time. He (#12) limited the very great Ted Ferrin (#4 BYU, MCLA all-time leading scorer) to pretty much not much if anything, and #12 also got some huge possessions for us on ground ball scrambles. He has become such a ‘MAN’. However, one could not begin to talk about this game tonight, well, last night now, without having Fish, Austin, or #9 (all the same guy) leading off the sentence. Austin Fisher (#9) had like 5 goals and 3 assists (unofficial), a hand in 8 of our 11. Tough to ignore that number thing, but he (#9) means so much more. He plays the game right. In the dictionary definition of ‘get better every day’ there is a little picture of Austin. Nobody notices that because he was already good when he got here (CSU). His heart is as big as the state of South Carolina, and he regularly and constantly pumps ‘blood’ for and to his team.
Sieg (#26) was great and scored our long pole goal of the day on a clearing run down the field. Last, but certainly not least, Jack (#7) was absolutely a pillar in the goal, The magnitude of the situation would be more than most sophomores could rise above, but Jack also had to deal with some kind of flu, etc.bug, not to mention a new role, which was to play the whole game without Koltin coming in at half to relieve him. Matt Jui (#2) did the number (#2) proud (Nick Harper). That is a special number for me, kind of like #17.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALL RIGHT FOR FIGHTING (Elton John)
There remains just One More Saturday Night.
SEE YOU TOMORROW