May 17, 2004
Thomasville-- Even though they've never played each other, Thomas University is forming quite a rivalry with Simon Fraser University.
"We just want to eat them up and spit them out. We just want them," senior outfielder Tania Black said.
"We know the coach and we know how he is, and we know they won (last year) and they kind of got big heads," junior pitcher Cathy Andrijaszyn said.
The hatred stems from the fact that the Lady Night Hawks have six players on their roster from British Columbia, Canada, the home of the Simon Fraser Clan.
"Playing a school from home is definitely going to be a challenge because obviously they recruit Canadians down here so they've got a bunch of good girls so hopefully we can show them," senior infielder Courtney Beharrell said.
And as the top seed in this week's national tournament the lady Night Hawks are eyeing a potential title matchup with the second seeded Clan, the defending national champs.
"They want to play them very badly and I do too because it's the number two team. You want to win a national and you don't care how it happens but I'd like to go through them to win it and then you know whether or not you were the number one team or not," head coach Thomas Macera said.
"They've always been ranked one or two. I don't know if they come down here expecting to win but they know they're going to make it pretty far and I would love just to beat them and kick them out (of the tournament)," Andrijaszyn said.
"It's going to be awesome. We're going to look over there (in Simon Fraser's dugout) and they're a bunch of fellow Canadians but that doesn't phase us we want it more," Black added.
The Lady Night Hawks also believe a national title will put Thomas University on the map in the world of college softball. It will also a mean a change in power in the NAIA, from just north of the US/Canada border to just above the Georgia/Florida line.
The Thomas Lady Night Hawks begin their quest for their first national championship Friday at 6 p.m. in Decatur, Alabama against the winner of the St. Mary/Cornerstone game.
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