Texas A&M emerged from this past weekend’s Texas Division Crossover Tournament in College Station with four victories, an historic win over rivals UT, an 8-0 regular season record, and the top seed at division championships set to begin on October 19 in Houston. The Aggies’ “A” team victory over the the Longhorns on Saturday ended UT’s 74-game regular season winning streak which dated back to 2009.
East bracket teams dominated over the weekend with UT, Rice, and Houston all posting 3-1 records over teams from the West, each losing only to A&M. Those three teams will settle their championship seedings at the East Bracket tournament at Rice University October 5-6.
While the division’s traditional powers, A&M and UT, sit atop the table, Rice and Houston have emerged as threats to the traditional order with aims to represent Texas (and Louisiana) at the national championships.
Rice is anchored by veteran goalie Robert Idel and 6-10 center Kristof Kutasi, two experienced athletes trained in polo-mad Germany and Hungary.
Meanwhile, the University of Houston has added Cal Baptist transfer Daniel Laverne, a former standout at The Woodlands, and freshman center Joseph Ebeweber from the strong program at Jersey Village. Laverne’s high caliber experience has proved instrumental in lifting the play of the entire Coogs lineup.
They will have to contend with a very deep and versatilie A&M team. The Aggies have multiple scoring threats, and a strong defense anchored by goalie Paul Lang, a senior from Strake Jesuit, who held UT to five goals in there weekend matchup.
The University of Texas, marred only by the one-goal defeat to A&M, scored dominant wins over Texas State, Texas A&M “B”, and Baylor in College Station and will look to re-assert its long-held position at the top of the conference. Armed with experienced veterans like Liam Veazey, a law student who played intercollegiate ball with St. Francis of Brooklyn, and returning CWPA First Team Club All American Nathan Craig, the ‘horns have the talent and experience to challenge the top-seeded Aggies.
A&M will next put its undefeated record on the line trying to earn a Texas Division Championship beginning on October 19 at Rice University in Houston. The winner of that tournament will head to the 2019 CWPA National Club Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.