Late surge lifts Kean past BSC, 10-9

Andrew Huffman
Andrew Huffman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Courtesy of three fourth-quarter goals, Kean University came back to defeat the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team, 10-9, Friday evening in Panther Stadium.

The Cougars move to 5-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 3-5.

Kean led 3-1 early in the game, and held a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. BSC then scored four straight goals to open the second quarter and take a 6-4 lead, including the go-ahead goal from senior Matt Ivie off an assist from sophomore Mike VanSickle. The Cougars scored twice in the last 2:40 of the quarter, however, to tie things up 6-6 at the half.

Kean scored once to open the third quarter and take back the lead, but the Panthers responded with two goals before the end of the quarter to go back up 8-7. BSC also scored to open the fourth quarter and lead 9-7, but the Cougars turned up their offense in response and scored three straight to go up 10-9 while holding the Panthers scoreless.

Ivie and sophomore Reed Butler led BSC with three goals apiece, and senior Brennan Ott led with 14 of BSC's 34 ground balls. Ott was also 16-22 on face-offs for the Panthers. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman played the entire game and recorded 15 saves.

Richard Cheifitz led Kean with three goals, including the game-winner, and Russell King led with five of the Cougars' 37 ground balls. Goalie Lane Zierten made 13 saves for Kean in 60 minutes of play.

Kean out-shot BSC 50-40 and picked up three more ground balls with 37. The Panthers turned the ball over 22 times to the Cougars' 14. BSC led in face-offs, winning 16-of-23, and the Panthers were 20-of-25 on clears to Kean's 25-of-30.

The Panthers are on the road for their next four games, beginning with a trip to Delaware, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 20, to face Ohio Wesleyan. BSC returns home on Saturday, April 6, to face conference rival Hendrix at noon in Panther Stadium.