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Huntingdon uses big third quarter to defeat Panthers, 12-9

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Using a 7-0 showing in the third quarter, Huntingdon defeated the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team 12-9 Wednesday evening at Samford Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.

The Panthers fall to 0-2, while the Hawks move to 1-1. Tonight's game was originally scheduled to be the season opener for both teams last week, but was postponed due to wintry weather.

The teams traded goals to open the game before BSC scored three straight to end the quarter with a 4-1 lead. Huntingdon out-scored the Panthers 2-1 in the second quarter to cut it to 5-3 before going 7-0 in the third quarter to go up 10-5. The Hawks opened the fourth quarter with another goal to go up 11-5 for their largest lead of the game, before BSC made things interesting, scoring four straight goals in a seven-minute span to cut it to 11-9 with 4:28 left in the game.

With 2:32 left, a slashing penalty by the Panthers gave the Hawks a man-up opportunity, which they capitalized on to score one more goal with 1:44 left on the clock. BSC was able to get one more shot off as the final seconds ticked away, which was saved by Huntingdon goalkeeper Fabien Gutierrez.

Freshman Matt Musser, sophomore Evan Lalande, and freshman Thomas Grove led BSC with two goals apiece. Grove also led with six shots and seven ground balls. Junior Conor Perine played all 60 minutes in goal for BSC and recorded 14 saves.

Huntingdon won 15-of-21 face-offs and picked up 37 ground balls, 15 more than the Panthers. The Hawks also out-shot BSC 45-30.

The Panthers are on the road for their next game, facing Piedmont College on Saturday, March 1, at 6 p.m. ET in Demorest, Ga. BSC returns home on Tuesday, March 4, hosting La Roche College at 6 p.m. CT on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.