Tennessee defeated MTSU at the MidSouth Collegiate Tournament in Nashville last Saturday to claim the 2001 MidSouth Division I Collegiate Championship by the score of 17-8.
With the victory, UTRFC claims the No. 1 seed from the MidSouth and awaits the No. 2 seed from the North Carolina union on March 10.
With a 15-to-20 mph wind at its back, MTSU opened the scoring just minutes into the match with Cayo Nicolau slotting a well struck penalty goal (0-3). UT finally answered late in the half when Rob Barkman broke free off the wing and then chipped ahead with Jeremy Linne getting the put down under the posts (Scott Jones converted: 7-3). MTSU immediately answered with a try of their own when UT misplayed the ensuing kickoff and found itself backed against its own try line. MTSU's Grant Anderson sprang in for the try but the conversion failed and the halftime score remained 7-8 (MTSU). UT had weathered the first half facing the strong wind and was only down by a single point.
In the second half, the fierce play continued with several stoppages for injuries. After a long kick ahead and chase, UT finally found themselves knocking on the door. A penalty on MTSU allowed Jeremy Linne to take the quick tap and stretch into the try zone for the touchdown. With Jones' conversion, the score was 14-8. Jones tacked on a penalty goal and the final whistle blew with Tennessee claiming the 17-8 victory and the MidSouth Championship.
The Tennessee B side played a MTSU B side which also featured players from Western Kentucky University. UT dominated the split squad contest, winning 32-0 to continue their strong play.
The Tennessee lacrosse club suffered its first two losses last weekend, falling to No. 9 Texas A&M, 14-13 in overtime, and No. 12 Auburn, 13-11.
With the losses, the Vols, ranked No. 6 in the most recent USLIA Poll, fall to 6-2 on the season. The team heads to Atlanta this weekend for matchups with Georgia Tech on Friday and Florida State on Saturday. Both teams are SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference rivals of the Vols.
Published: Thu Mar 01, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:31 p.m.