FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s lacrosse team opened the 2010 season on Friday with a 20-6 road win against Methodist University.
Methodist was the first to score a goal, but the Panthers responded with six straight – two apiece from sophomore Lyndsay Griffin and junior Ashley Johnson and one apiece from freshman Stephanie Gore and sophomore Bryttany Uy – to go up 6-1 with 13:30 remaining in the half.
The Monarchs put up another goal after that, but BSC finished the half with four straight goals, two from freshman Sarah Minick and one each from freshman Anna Barry and sophomore Chelsea Van Voorhis, to lead 10-2 at the half.
Van Voorhis opened the second half with another BSC goal, but Methodist responded with a goal of its own, putting the Panther lead at 11-3. The Panthers then scored seven straight goals, courtesy of Johnson, Barry with two, Griffin, Van Voorhis, and Uy, increasing the lead to 18-3 with 14:01 left in the game.
Methodist scored two in a row to cut it to 18-5, but Barry responded with another goal for BSC. The Monarchs scored one last time at the 2:58 mark, but Van Voorhis was able to find the net again at the end of the game for a 20-6 BSC victory.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bates played all 60 minutes and made one save. The Panthers out-shot the Monarchs, 40-13, and held the advantage in draw controls, 21-6. BSC also capitalized on two free position shots on goals by Uy and Barry.
Van Voorhis and Barry led with four goals apiece, while Griffin led with nine shots and sophomore Alexis Sweda led with three ground balls. Van Voorhis also won five draw controls.
The Panthers, who are only in their second season as a program, are in action again tomorrow against Shenandoah University in Fayetteville.