Fourth-quarter surge propels Sewanee past BSC, 10-6

Conor Perine (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Conor Perine (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team fell to conference foe Sewanee Sunday afternoon, 10-6, at Hardee-McGee Field in Sewanee, Tenn.

Sunday's loss drops BSC to 6-5 on the season and 2-2 in Southern Athletic Association play. Sewanee improves to a 7-2 overall and a conference-leading 3-0 mark in SAA action.

Unassisted goals dominated a low-scoring first half that saw the Panthers have an answer for every Sewanee run. Two Sewanee goals within eight seconds of one another gave the home team a 2-0 lead at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter. Two minutes later junior Evan Lalande put BSC on the board to pull BSC within one. Both clubs exchanged goals in the second quarter, including a second score from Lalande, to give Sewanee a 4-2 halftime advantage.

The third quarter of action continued the trend of back-and-forth scoring as neither team scored consecutive goals in the period. BSC outscored Sewanee 3-2 in the third to pull within one at 6-5 heading into the final quarter. The Panther run started a mere six seconds in when sophomore Thomas Grove scored a goal off a Lalande assist. Freshman David Arnold provided the other two Panther goals in the quarter, one coming at the 5:55 mark from a sophomore McHale Schneider assist while on the power play.

Sewanee came out firing in the fourth, scoring three straight goals to earn a 9-5 lead from which the Panthers would not be able to claw back. A Schneider goal pulled BSC to within three with just over a minute remaining. However, a final Sewanee goal pushed the lead back out to four at 10-6, which became the final.

Senior Conor Perine picked up a season-high 18 saves on the afternoon to accompany his team-high six ground balls. Lalande and Arnold led the Panthers in scoring with two goals each, while freshman Keenan Hudsmith went 6-13 in face-offs.

BSC will return home to Battle Field at Panther Stadium on Saturday, April 4, at 3 p.m. to taken on SAA opponent Hendrix.