Men's Lacrosse falls in overtime regular season finale to Berry, 9-8

Justin Dennis (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Justin Dennis (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Berry on Sunday, 9-8, in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Panthers fell to 8-6 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings moved to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the SAA. The Vikings end the season tied with Sewanee and Centre atop the league standings, while the Panthers finish fourth and will host an SAA Championship quarterfinal match next weekend, hosting fifth-seeded Rhodes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

After Berry scored the first goal of today's game, BSC came back to score three before the end of the first quarter. A goal from sophomore McHale Schneider to open the second quarter put the Panthers up 4-1, but the Vikings ended the quarter on a 4-0 run to pull up 5-4.

BSC fought back in the third quarter, scoring two goals to take back the lead, 6-5, but a Vikings goal at the 0:40 mark tied it up at 6-6 heading to the fourth.

Berry pulled ahead to open the fourth quarter, leading 8-6 at the 8:37 mark. With 4:32 left on the clock, sophomore Thomas Grove found the net, assisted by freshman Justin Dennis. BSC received the ball following the goal due to a Berry penalty, but turned it over to the Vikings. With 1:51 left, senior goalie Conor Perine came up big for BSC with a save, and the Panthers picked up the ground ball and drove down the field where Dennis scored with 54 seconds left to tie it up 8-8. The Panthers won the face-off and managed two shots before the end of regulation, but were unable to score.

Berry won the face-off to open the four-minute sudden-victory overtime period, and scored at the 2:44 mark to win the game.

Perine ended up with 10 saves in the game. Dennis and freshman David Arnold led with two goals apiece, while junior Evan Lalande recorded two assists. Freshman Peyton Heard led with six ground balls, and freshman Keenan Hudsmith was 10-17 on face-offs.

Today was Senior Day for BSC, with Connor Breslin, Billy McMahon, Perine, and Mike VanSickle being honored in pregame festivities.