BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team scored three late goals to cut the lead to one down the stretch today against Fontbonne University, but was unable to overcome the Griffins and lost, 11-10, at Panther Stadium in the last home game of the season.
The Panthers drop to 4-5 on the season, and Fontbonne evens its record at 7-7 with the win.
BSC scored first in the game at the 15:39 mark on a goal by #Chelsea Van Voorhis#, but the Griffins tied things up less than a minute later on a goal by Katie Radeacker. Ten seconds later, #Ashley Johnson# scored off an assist from #Katelyn Carroll# to put BSC up 2-1, but Fontbonne scored again 40 seconds later to tie it up 2-2.
The Griffins scored three straight after that, going up 5-2, but another goal from Van Voorhis with 23 seconds left cut the lead to 5-3 at the half.
Radeacker found the net 40 seconds into the second half to put the Griffins up 6-3, but the Panthers scored two - one by #Cynthia Andrews# assisted by #Ashley Johnson#, and one by Carroll - to cut it to 6-5 at the 24:52 mark. Fontbonne responded with three straight goals to go up 9-5, and a BSC goal by #Alexis Sweda#, assisted by Johnson, cut it to 9-6 with 18:56 left to play.
Radeacker scored yet again at the 13:15 mark, but Van Voorhis found the net three minutes later to bring the score to 10-7 in favor of the Griffins. Mary Alice Pierce scored at the 7:06 mark to put Fontbonne up 11-7, but a goal by #Brit La Palm# off a free position shot at the 5:24 mark cut it to 11-8.
The Panthers were able to maintain possession for much of the last five minutes of the game, and Andrews scored again at the 2:23 mark, assisted by Carroll, to cut the lead to 11-9, and Johnson scored with 10 seconds remaining to cut it to one, 11-10. BSC won the last draw control but was unable to get a shot off before time expired.
Claire Kallio was the winning goalkeeper for Fontbonne, recording nine saves, while #Katie Bates# took the loss for the Panthers after posting 11 saves.
Radeacker led the Griffins with four goals and Ashley Spalding dished out five assists in the game. Danielle Donze led with six shots, Caroline Heitkamp led with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, and Pierce led with five draw controls.
For the Panthers, Van Voorhis led with three goals and Carroll and Johnson each had two assists. Van Voorhis also led with nine shots, while Sweda led with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Carroll also won six draw controls.
BSC is on the road to close out the season, with its next game on Sunday, April 26, against Christopher Newport University. The game will be played on the campus of Sewanee in Sewanee, Tenn.