BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Led by Megan Welton with six goals, Sewanee defeated the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team, 19-12, Friday evening at Panther Stadium. Sewanee moves to 8-4 with the win, while the Panthers drop to 4-4.
The Tigers got on the board first less than a minute into the game with a goal by Catherine Sanders, assisted by Steffi Renninger. #Lyndsay Griffin# tied things up for BSC at the 21:49 mark, but Renninger and Welton scored twice more for Sewanee to put the Tigers up 3-1 at the 20-minute mark.
#Brit La Palm# scored at the 16:39 mark, assisted by #Ashley Johnson#, to cut the lead to 3-2, but Sewanee scored three straight goals (Molly Farmer, Allison Bland assisted by Welton, and Welton assisted by Renninger) to increase the lead to 6-2 with 14:26 left in the half.
Griffin scored on an assist from La Palm at the 10:45 mark, but Welton found the net for Sewanee again, assisted by Bland, to put the Tigers up 7-3. #Cynthia Andrews# then scored BSC's final goal of the half at the 5:51 mark off an assist from La Palm, but Sewanee ended the period with five straight goals: Megan Velie, assisted by Sanders; Mary Grace Bowring; Renninger assisted by Welton; Welton assisted by Renninger; and Renninger on a free position shot. The Tigers took a 12-4 lead into the halftime break.
BSC came out firing in the second half, scoring five straight goals as Griffin scored off an assist from #Chelsea Van Voorhis#, and #Katie Gregory#, Johnson, Van Voorhis, and Griffin all scored unassisted to cut the Sewanee lead to 12-9.
Sewanee answered with goals from Velie, Bland, and Welton to go back up 15-9, followed by a Van Voorhis goal to cut it to 15-10. Page Carpenter found the net for the Tigers, and Griffin scored again for BSC to bring the score to 16-11 with 5:12 left to play.
Hannah Moran and Welton scored off assists from Renninger, and Sarah Squire scored unassisted to put the Tigers up 19-11, and La Palm scored the final goal of the game with 25 seconds left on a free position shot to bring it to 19-12.
Welton led all players with six goals, nine shots, and six ground balls, while Renninger led with six assists. Moran recorded 10 draw controls, and Renninger caused three turnovers for Sewanee.
For BSC, Griffin led with five goals and eight shots, while #Alexis Sweda# and #Amber Hernandez# led with four ground balls apiece. Griffin also had five draw controls, and #Judy Montalvo# led with two caused turnovers.
Amy Nusbaum picked up the win in goal for Sewanee, making 10 saves, while #Katie Bates# took the loss, also recording 10 saves.
As a team, Sewanee out-shot BSC 40-25, led in ground balls 39-30, and committed three less turnovers than the Panthers with 25. In the first period, Sewanee held the advantage on draw controls 12-5, but BSC had the advantage 10-5 in the second half.
The Panthers are at home again this Sunday, April 19, in the last home game of the season, taking on Fontbonne University at noon at Panther Stadium.