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Big third quarter lifts Otterbein over BSC, 12-8

McHale Schneider (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
McHale Schneider (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team dropped a tough home game Tuesday evening, falling to Otterbein University, 12-8, on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers fell to 4-2, while the Cardinals moved to 2-1.

Otterbein scored the first three goals of the game before freshman David Arnold found the net for BSC to cut it to 3-1 by the end of the first quarter. The Panthers opened the second quarter by scoring two goals in the first five minutes—one from freshman Peyton Heard and one from sophomore McHale Schneider—to tie things up. After another Cardinal goal at the 7:30 mark, Schneider wrapped up the half's scoring with another game-tying goal before the teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime.

A goal by sophomore Thomas Grove at the 11:45 mark of the third quarter gave the Panthers their first, and only, lead of the game before Otterbein went on a 5-0 run to pull ahead 9-5. The teams traded goals before the end of the third, with BSC's coming from freshman Ben Sinclair. Each team then scored twice in the fourth quarter for a final score of 12-8.

Schneider and Arnold posted two goals each, while Sinclair had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Robert Dozier led with four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior goalkeeper Conor Perine recorded eight saves in 60 minutes of work.

The Panthers are on the road this weekend, traveling to Lexington, Ky., to face Transylvania on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.