Centre uses big second quarter to down BSC, 13-7

Thomas Grove (photo by Lucy Shubert)
Thomas Grove (photo by Lucy Shubert)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team was out-scored 8-1 in the second quarter as Centre defeated the Panthers 13-7 Sunday afternoon on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Colonels move to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the SAA.

The only goal of the first quarter was from Centre, and the Colonels scored eight times in the second quarter, with BSC's only goal of the half coming at the 5:05 mark of the second quarter courtesy of sophomore Austin Hafdell off an assist from freshman McHale Schneider.

BSC scored a single goal in the third quarter, an unassisted score by Schneider, while Centre scored twice in the same quarter to go up 11-2.

The Panthers attempted to rally in the third, opening the quarter with four straight goals, all from different players: Hafdell (assisted by sophomore Gates Gentry), senior Peter Raffanti, freshman Sawyer Page, and junior Mike VanSickle (assisted by Gentry), cutting the Centre lead to 11-6. The Colonels scored twice after that, though, to go back up 13-6 before the final goal of the game was scored by Gentry in the last minute off a VanSickle assist.

Junior goalkeeper Conor Perine recorded eight saves for BSC, while Centre goalie Bryce McCoy had 14. BSC had three more shots than the Colonels with 35, but committed 26 turnovers, four more than Centre. The Panthers won 10 face-offs, three fewer than the Colonels, all won by freshman Thomas Grove. Four different Panthers led with four ground balls apiece.

Centre spent significantly more time in the penalty box than BSC, racking up eight penalties for nine-and-a-half minutes worth of time, while the Panthers committed only one penalty, a 30-second infraction for holding near the end of the game.

The Panthers are on the road for their next game, traveling to face Hendrix next Saturday, April 5, at noon in Conway, Ark. BSC will have a quick turnaround before hosting Methodist on Sunday, April 6, also at noon for the final home game of the regular season, which will also be Senior Day.