Game Recaps - SMU, Kentucky, Alabama, UNT
Apr. 9, 2012
The Sooners lost a hard fought game in Dallas on Saturday March 3 against divisional opponent SMU. Oklahoma trailed 6-7 going in to half time, before giving up three goals in the 3rd quarter. The final score spelled defeat for the Sooners 9-13. Leading offensive performers for OU included N. Ierullo (5 G, 1A), G. Bolding (2G, 1A), and G. Purcell (1G, 1A).
On March 24 the Sooners travelled to Tuscaloosa, AL to play two out of conference games against Kentucky and Alabama. On Saturday the Sooners lost to Kentucky 12-17, with N. Ierullo (3G, 2A) and G. Purcell (1G, 2A) leading in scoring. Freshman S. McMenamin played a good game in goal with 22 saves. It was a team effort with eleven different players recording points. The following day, Alabama proved to be a challenging opponent. Being shorthanded on personnel for the weekend, the Sooners lost 10-15 to a large Alabama squad. Offensive leaders included N. Ierullo (3G, 4A), M. Hartman (1G, 3A), G. Purcell (3G, 1A). S. Lefton played between the pipes with 19 saves.
Oklahoma travelled to Dallas on March 31 to take on division rival UNT. From 2007-2010 the Sooners had a record of 0-4 against UNT. The teams had split the last two games 1-1 in 2011, as UNT beat OU in the first round of the playoffs after losing to the Oklahoma in the regular season. Looking for redemption, the Sooners jumped to an early lead against the Mean Green, leading 4-1 in the 1st quarter. OU never looked back and lead the entire game to an 11-6 victory. N. Ierullo (5G, 1A) and P. Kitsos (4G) lead scoring for the Sooners. Now 2-1 in the last three games against UNT, the Sooners showed how far the program has come recently.
Currently 5-6 (2-3 in conference play); the Sooners hope to carry this momentum into the final weekend of the season this Friday and Saturday at home. Oklahoma takes on Arkansas Friday, April 13 at 7:30PM, and Oklahoma State Saturday, April 14 at Alcott Field in Norman.
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