College Station, TX: A strong wind blew across the Southwest plains this weekend past as an invader marched out of the swamps & bayous entering into the Great State of Texas. This group of young Cajun’ stickers marched into College Station determined to bring the Lone Star Alliance Division II Championship to Louisiana.
The Ragin’ Cajun’s of the University of Louisiana – Lafayette dispatched the Hilltoppers of St. Edwards in the LSA Semi-Finals 14-3 and set their sites on the two time defending LSA Champion Sam Houston State. The young Cajun’s fresh off an impressive but close loss to Texas A&M were loaded to hunt “Bearkat.”
Sam Houston State who enjoyed a 22-1 semi-final victory over UTSA jumped out to a 3-1 first quarter lead on appearing to be heading towards an easy victory. At the beginning of the second quarter the Ragin’ Cajun’s caught fire like a pot of boiling crawfish scoring 3 quick goals taking a 4–3 lead at the 11:34 mark of the second quarter. The ULL fans were chanting “Remember the Alamo” mocking the Texan defeat in the War of Texas Independence while displaying their Louisiana pride. After a time out, Bearkats Zach Fry, Travis Tabb, & Logan Holmes came out with full guns blazing like their namesake General Sam Houston scoring 5 unanswered goals and settling for a 9-5 lead at half time.
ULL’s Ashton Langlinais placed a blazing shot in the upper left corner at the 11:07 mark of the 3rd quarter to cut the Sam Houston lead to 9-6. But then the Cajun guns fell silent as a result of the intimidating Bearkat defense lead by John Messer, Evan Freed, Tyler Tyson, & Goalie Mike Candler. As General Sam Houston blitzed Santa Anna’s Mexican troops this same week 176 years ago, Michael Mann, Brendan Gawronski, and Matthew Mann lead the charge as the Bearkats scored 10 consecutive goals to close out the 19-6 victory for Sam Houston State and clinching their third straight LSA Championship.
The 13-2 Bearkats travel next to the MCLA National Championships in Greenville, SC the week of May 14 – 19.