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Men's Lacrosse falls to top-seeded Sewanee, 17-8

SEWANEE, Tenn.--The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end on Friday afternoon, falling to top-seeded Sewanee, 17-8, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Southern Athletic Association Championship.

The fourth-seeded Panthers end the season with a record of 7-10, while the Tigers move to 13-3.

BSC scored the opening goal of the game, an unassisted effort by senior Brennan Ott, but Sewanee responded with two to take the lead. Junior Josh Todd tied it up after that off an assist from freshman Evan Lalande, but the Tigers would score once more before the end of the quarter to lead 3-2.

Sewanee opened the second quarter with a goal, and the Panthers responded quickly as Lalande found the back of the net to cut it to 4-3. The Tigers pulled away after that, though, scoring five straight goals to take a 9-3 lead. BSC responded with two goals in the final three minutes of the half - one from Lalande and one from senior Nicco DeRosa off an assist from sophomore Mike VanSickle - and trailed 9-5 at the halftime break.

Junior Peter Raffanti scored to open the third quarter and cut it to 9-6, but Sewanee out-scored BSC 5-1 for the remainder of the quarter to take its lead to 14-7. The Tigers out-scored the Panthers 3-1 in the fourth quarter for a final score of 17-8.

Lalande led BSC with three goals, and Ott led with 13 ground balls and 11 face-offs. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman played all 60 minutes and recorded 14 saves.

Sewanee out-shot the Panthers 46-26 and picked up 47 ground balls to the Panthers' 29. BSC was 12-20 on clears while the Tigers were 14-19.