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Panthers down Hendrix, 18-8

Matt Ivie

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team scored five straight goals to start the game and never looked back, defeating Hendrix College 18-8 Sunday afternoon in Panther Stadium.

BSC moves to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the SCAC; Hendrix falls to 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the league.

After going up 5-0, the Warriors were able to score their first goal of the game just as time expired at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers out-scored Hendrix 6-2 in the second quarter to lead 11-3 at the half.

BSC opened the third quarter with three straight goals, capping off a six-goal run, and Hendrix scored its fourth goal of the game near the end of the third quarter to bring the score to 14-4.

Both teams scored four times in the fourth quarter - including two man-down goals by the Panthers.

Junior Matt Ivie, who led BSC last season and was SCAC Player of the Year but has struggled this season with injury, led the Panthers today with four goals. Six different Panthers scored two goals apiece, and senior Jacob McPherson led with three assists. Senior Chris Clarke led with 13 ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Junior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman recorded seven saves, while Hendrix keeper Keith Clemens had an impressive 21 saves.

BSC won 16-of-29 face-offs, led by freshman John Sommerall with 12, and the Panthers out-shot the Warriors 62-26. BSC also had more ground balls, 59-44, and was 20-of-26 on clears.

The Panthers are on the road for their next three games, beginning with a trip to Atlanta next weekend to face Oglethorpe, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET.