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Balanced scoring effort for Men's Lacrosse in 9-3 victory over Rhodes

Thomas Grove (photo by Lucy Shubert)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Eight different Panthers found the back of the net Saturday afternoon as the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team defeated Rhodes College at home, 9-3, on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers move to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Lynx fall to 6-5 overall and 0-2 in league play.

BSC opened the scoring quickly in the first quarter with an unassisted goal by sophomore Gates Gentry. Rhodes evened the score at the 8:23 mark, but the Panthers pulled back ahead less than two minutes later on an unassisted effort from freshman Matt Musser. Neither team would score again until the 7:25 mark of the second quarter when Rhodes tied it up again, and BSC would pulled ahead four minutes later when sophomore Headley VanMeter scored off a Gentry assist. The Lynx tied it up once more before the end of the quarter in what would be their final goal of the game.

The Panthers scored twice in the third, courtesy of goals from freshman Thomas Grove scored off an assist from freshman McHale Schneider (in what would turn out to be the game-winner), and an unassisted goal by freshman Sawyer Page. BSC added four more in the fourth quarter, all while holding Rhodes scoreless. Sophomore Harris Oates, Schneider (assisted by senior Peter Raffanti), sophomore Austin Hafdell, and Grove all sent balls past the Lynx goalkeeper, expanding the lead to 9-3.

Grove was the only BSC player to score more than once, with two goals to bring his season total to 15, tied with Schneider to lead the team. Grove also led with three face-off wins. Senior Josh Todd led with five ground balls, and freshman Robert Dozier had two caused turnovers. Junior Conor Perine recorded nine saves in goal for the Panthers.

BSC is back at home to continue conference play this Friday, March 28, hosting Sewanee at 7 p.m. The Panthers will also play Centre at home next Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m.