Panthers clinch second seed with 16-10 victory over Sewanee

Matt Ivie

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team clinched the second seed in the upcoming SCAC Championship with a 16-10 win against Sewanee on the road this evening.

The Panthers move to 8-6 overall and 6-1 in the SCAC, while the Tigers fall to 6-7 overall and 5-2 in the league.

Second-seeded BSC will face third-seeded Sewanee this Friday at 7:30 p.m. MT in Colorado Springs. The championship game will take place on Sunday at noon.

In today's game against Sewanee, sophomore Matt Ivie led with seven goals, and sophomore Nicco DeRosa had three assists. Senior Ben Schaeffer and Brennan Ott led with seven ground balls apiece, and Ott also led with 12 face-off wins and three caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Huffman started and played almost 36 minutes, recording three saves. Junior Tim Trockenbrot came in for the final 24 minutes and made eight saves.

BSC opened the game with three straight goals, and led 7-1 at the end of the first quarter. Sewanee's offense improved in the second quarter as the Tigers out-scored the Panthers 4-2, but still trailed 9-5 at the half.

In the third quarter, Sewanee scored three straight goals to cut it to 9-8, but BSC responded with three goals of its own to go back up by four. The Panthers led 14-9 at the end of the third quarter, and out-scored Sewanee 2-1 in the fourth quarter.

BSC out-shot Sewanee 46-30, and had 10 more ground balls than the Tigers with 37. The Panthers also committed fewer turnovers (15-24), but face-offs were even at 14 for each team.