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Men's Lacrosse defeats Rhodes in overtime thriller, 11-10, in SAA quarterfinal

Evan Lalande (photo by Gay VanMeter)
Evan Lalande (photo by Gay VanMeter)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—In a thrilling overtime win, the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team defeated Rhodes, 11-10, in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association Championship, Saturday afternoon on Battle Field at Krulak Stadium.

The fourth-seeded Panthers moved to 12-4, while the Lynx finish their season at 11-5. It was the second meeting between the teams this year, and the second time that BSC won in overtime.

The Panthers will now face either No. 1 Sewanee or No. 2 Centre next Friday, April 22.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After Rhodes scored twice to open the game, BSC responded with three goals to pull ahead 3-2, but the Lynx scored again before the end of the first quarter for a 3-3 tie heading to the second.
  • The Panthers led 6-5 at the half after outscoring Rhodes 3-2 in the second quarter, and then pulled out to an 8-5 lead at the 7:29 mark of the third before the Lynx cut it to 8-6 heading to the fourth.
  • The teams traded goals to open the fourth quarter, after which the Lynx scored three straight to pull ahead 10-9 with 1:38 left to play.
  • BSC won the next face-off, but missed two shots, turning the ball back over to Rhodes with 17 seconds left.
  • The Lynx then turned the ball back over to the Panthers with three seconds left, caused by junior Justin Dennis, and junior McHale Schneider scored off an assist from senior Evan Lalande with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to tie it up, 10-10, and send the game to overtime.
  • BSC won the face-off to start overtime, and Lalande found the back of the net just 32 seconds into the period to win the game and send the Panthers to the semifinal round of the tournament.

NOTABLE

  • Today marked Lalande's third game-winning overtime goal of the year, and second against Rhodes.
  • Schneider led all players with four goals, while Lalande had a goal and four assists.
  • Sophomore Keenan Hudsmith led with five ground balls and 11 face-off wins.
  • Junior goalie Hank Harris recorded four saves.

UP NEXT

  • The Panthers will now face either No. 1 Sewanee or No. 2 Centre next Friday, April 22, in the semifinals of the SAA Championship, depending upon the result of today's game between No. 3 Berry and No. 6 Hendrix.