Men's Lacrosse wins double-overtime thriller against Rhodes, 11-10

McHale Schneider (photo by Gay VanMeter)
McHale Schneider (photo by Gay VanMeter)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Sophomore McHale Schneider scored the game-winning goal in double overtime Saturday evening to lift the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over Rhodes on Crain Field in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers moved to 6-3 and 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Lynx fell to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.

After Rhodes scored the first goal of the game, BSC responded with three straight scores to lead 3-1 by the 8:20 mark of the first quarter. The Panthers led 4-3 by the end of the quarter, but the Lynx tied things up early in the second quarter. After another goal from freshman David Arnold, Rhodes scored twice to end the half with a 6-5 lead, their first lead of the game.

BSC came out strong after halftime, going 3-0 against the Lynx in the third quarter, including Arnold's third goal, putting the Panthers up 8-6. A goal from freshman Justin Dennis to open the fourth quarter put the Panthers up 9-6 for their largest lead of the game, but Rhodes clawed back with three goals over a two-minute span to tie it up 9-9 by the 10:03 mark. The teams traded goals, with yet another from Arnold, bringing the score to 10-10 with 4:09 remaining, and BSC had two looks at the goal down the stretch, but Lynx goalie Thomas Matthews came up with the saves to preserve the tie before time expired.

Neither team scored in the first four-minute overtime period, before Schneider connected on the sudden death game-winner at the 2:45 mark of the second overtime.

Arnold finished with a game-high four goals, while sophomore Thomas Grove picked up a team-high four ground balls.

The Panthers are on the road again next weekend, traveling to Danville, Ky., to face Centre on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. EDT.