Lacrosse season in review

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Men's Lacrosse closed out their 2010 Season with a three game winning streak that included wins at home against Hendrix and Southwestern as well as on the road versus Fontbonne University. The team scored a combined 51 goals in those three games while only allowing 17.

Despite opening up the season with 5 straight losses, the team was finally able to put a game under the win-column on March 14 when they defeated Keene State (N.H.), 13-12 in Overtime. Sophomore Midfielder Jacob McPherson scored both the game-tying and game -winning goals for the Panthers and the game provided the Panthers with some momentum to finish out the season with a record of 7-8, but 3-1 in SCAC play.

The program is only in its second year and progressed off of their previous year when they finished with a record of 6-9.

Freshman Attacker Matt Ivie led the team in points (37) and finished the year tied for goals (33) with McPherson. Freshman Midfielder Payson Clark led the Panthers in assist (19). The trio of Cameron Overton, Andrew Huffman, and Tim Trockenbrot combined to post a 10.90 goals against average for the season at goalie.

The women's team started the season 4-0 and stayed hot throughout. They finished their year with a record of 12-3 including 6-0 at home. Freshman attacker Sarah Minick had a sensational Freshman campaign as she led the Lady Panthers in goals (46), assists (21), and points (67). Minick, from Kennesaw Mountain High School in Marietta, Georgia will definitely look to build upon this season as she continues to progress in the future.

Sophomore Lyndsay Griffin, also from Marrietta, had a solid 2010 season finishing the year second in goals with 44. Sophomore Goalkeeper Katie Bates played in all 15 games for the Panthers and posted an 8.47 goals allowed per game average. This was a significant part of the formula for success considering the Lady Panthers scored just under 15 goals per game.

The women's program is also in their second year and made great strides from their record of 6-6 last year. Head Coach Emily Thomas was extremely proud of the hard work the team had put in and felt that they were focused on laying a strong foundation for Birmingham-Southern to have a competitive women's lacrosse program for years to come.

The future is indeed bright for the lacrosse programs at ‘Southern, as they both look to be SCAC powers in the coming years.