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Men's Lacrosse falls to Berry, 10-3

Thomas Grove (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

ROME, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team dropped a Southern Athletic Association match to Berry College on the road today, losing 10-3 at Ford Field in Rome, Ga.

The Panthers fall to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the SAA; the Vikings move to 9-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play. BSC currently stands at fourth in the league standings heading into the final games of the regular season on Sunday. With a Panther win against Oglethorpe, and if Sewanee defeats Hendrix, BSC will clinch the fourth seed and host a first-round quarterfinal game in the 2014 SAA Championship, April 19.

Sophomore Gates Gentry scored the first goal of the game to put BSC up five minutes into the first quarter. Berry tied it up less than two minutes later, though, and then pulled ahead 2-1 less than two minutes after that and would not relinquish the lead again in the game.

The Vikings out-scored the Panthers 2-1 again in the second quarter, with BSC's goal coming off the stick off sophomore Luke Herline, and led 4-2 at the half before scoring three goals in the third to pull ahead 7-2. Berry scored three straight to open the fourth quarter, capping a 7-0 scoring run to go ahead 10-2 before the Panthers wrapped up the scoring with 11 seconds left when Herline found the back of the net again, this time off an assist from sophomore Evan Lalande.

Berry led in almost every category, out-shooting BSC 34-24, winning 10-of-16 face-offs, picking up 29 ground balls to the Panthers' 23, and turning the ball over 11 times, seven less than BSC. The Vikings were also 2-2 on man-up opportunities, while the Panthers were 0-2. The lone bright spot for BSC was on clears, where the Panthers were 17-18.

Junior goalkeeper Conor Perine played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded eight saves; Berry goalie Jordan Boreman made 12 saves.

Freshman Thomas Grove led the Panthers with nine face-off wins and six ground balls. Senior Josh Todd led with three caused turnovers.

BSC stays in Georgia for a Sunday match against Oglethorpe at 1 p.m. ET to wrap up the regular season.