ROANOKE, Va. – The Birmingham-Southern (0-1) men’s lacrosse team completed their first-ever regular season match, falling to the ninth-ranked Roanoke (3-0) Maroons 27-3 in Virginia on Friday.
Coach Andy Bonasera could have found an easier matchup for his new team’s first opponent, but wanted to test his men against his alma mater. Coach Bonasera graduated from Roanoke in 2003, where he was an All-American for the Maroons.
The scoring was one-sided with the Maroons netting 10 goals in the first quarter. The Panthers were unable to get in any kind of offensive streak going. The Maroons controlled every aspect of the game, outshooting the Panthers 70-22, winning the battle for ground balls 72-30, and taking 23-of-33 face-offs.
BSC was able to avoid the shutout early in the second quarter when #Christopher Buechele# got one past the Roanoke goalie just 15 seconds into the quarter. #Ryan Croft# took advantage of a Maroon penalty to connect with #Dylan Krupa# for the Panthers’ second goal five minutes into the third. The Panthers’ third and final goal came from #Jacob McPherson# unassisted with 8:05 remaining in the third.
#Cameron Overton# played the full 60 in goal for the Panthers and collected 19 saves on the match.
The match was not only the first official lacrosse match for Birmingham-Southern, but it also marked the first NCAA lacrosse match for any Alabama college or university. The Panthers are the sole varsity squad in the Yellowhammer State.
They will try to take what lessons they can from today’s match and move on to take on Greensboro College on Sunday. Game time is set for 2:00 Central time. The Pride faced Roanoke on Wednesday, falling 25-5 in Roanoke.