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SMU Goes 3-0 with Win over Texas A&M

Box Score

Feb. 28, 2012

Dallas, TX - On a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the Hilltop, the SMU Mustangs (3-0, 1-0 LSA North) hosted the Texas A&M Aggies (2-5, 0-0 LSA South) in their 2012 home opener.  Last year’s matchup between the Mustangs and the Aggies saw SMU drop the regular season contest in overtime 12-13 in College Station only to rally and win the Lone Star Alliance Semi-Final 18-14 in Southlake and advance to the conference championship game.

 

After a scoreless opening few minutes from both teams including a penalty on SMU, the Mustangs were able to get on the scoreboard first thanks to a relentless attack ride and goal by Alex Prince (Bolles – Jacksonville, FL) from Matt Murphy (St. Mark’s School – Dallas, TX).  Both teams then traded goals in a tight contest that featured an outstanding doorstep save by goaltender Cary Nelson (Gilman – Cockeysville, MD) as well as back-to-back scores from freshman midfielder Michael Armstrong (Bellarmine – San Jose, CA).  The first quarter ended with the Mustangs ahead by a score of 4-2. 

 

The Aggies scored the first goal of the second quarter and then again after an SMU goal making it 5-4 before the Mustang offense broke loose.  Leading goal scorer and freshman standout Matt Murphy (St. Mark’s School – Dallas, TX) notched his first goal of the game with an impressive 1v1 dodge.  Then midfielder Zack Shainsky (Oregon Episcopal – Portland, OR) decided to showcase his abilities in what would eventually be a career day for the freshman.  With the Mustangs two men down, Shainsky took several aggressive checks and successfully got around the heavy pressure to find Zach Gibson (Pace Academy – Atlanta, GA) on the doorstep for a score.  After Cole Sisto (Seton Hall Prep – Westfield, NJ) sent a screamer past the goalie from just inside the restraining box and another Texas A&M goal, Shainsky took a feed from linemate Conor Law (Landon – Bethesda, MD) a few yards above the crease and finished the first goal of his young career to make it 9-5 SMU heading into halftime.      

 

The Mustang defense took over in the third quarter holding the Aggies to one goal.  They even got into the action offensively when junior defenseman Cam Banta (Woodberry Forest – Westfield, NJ) tossed a perfect full-field pass to streaking long-stick midfielder Chad Kehoe (Bolles – Jacksonville, FL) who blew through the A&M defense and scored his second goal of the season.  Penalties highlighted the third quarter and entire second half with SMU down five men at one point after goaltender Cary Nelson (Gilman – Cockeysville, MD) broke his stick trying to disrupt an Aggie transition opportunity. 

 

“I was happy with the outcome, but our penalty streak in the third quarter could have been disastrous,” added Head Coach Karl Lynch. 

 

Coming out of the final break with a 10-6 lead, Matt Murphy (St. Mark’s School – Dallas, TX) scored his second goal of the game on another impressive 1v1 dodge.  Texas A&M was able to bury two in the back of the net before Zack Shainsky (Oregon Episcopal – Portland, OR) capped his performance with his second goal of the afternoon in addition to two previous assists.  Before the last whistle, A&M scored to make the final 12-9 in favor of the young Mustang squad.  

 

For his efforts offensively, defensively, and in the transition game Zack Shainsky (Oregon Episcopal – Portland, OR) was awarded the game ball by Coach Lynch. 

The Mustangs play host to division rival University of Oklahoma (4-3, 1-2 LSA North) next Saturday before their spring break away trip to Southern California the following week. 

 

 

 

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