FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Birmingham-Southern women’s lacrosse team won its second straight game, Saturday, defeating Shenandoah University, 10-7, at Methodist University’s Monarch Stadium. The Panthers now stand at 2-0 on the season.
BSC opened scoring in the first half with two goals in the first four minutes of play, one from sophomore Chelsea Van Voorhis and another from freshman Stephanie Gore. SU scored one after that, but the Panthers responded with goals from freshman Anna Barry, sophomore Bryttany Uy, and freshman Sarah Minick to go up 5-1 by the 8-minute mark. Shenandoah was able to score twice more before the end of the period to give BSC a 5-3 lead at the half.
Van Voorhis and sophomore Lyndsay Griffin got the second half going with two BSC goals in the first five minutes, followed by a Shenandoah goal to cut the lead to 7-4. Minick and Griffin found the net again after that for the Panthers, though, pushing the advantage to 9-4 by the 10:31 mark. Shenandoah then threatened BSC’s lead with three straight goals, cutting it to 9-7 with 3:27 left in the game, but another goal from Gore a minute later put BSC up 10-7 and the Panthers did not allow SU to score and came away with the three-point win.
Sophomore Katie Bates played all 60 minutes in goal for the Panthers, picking up 10 saves. Gore led BSC with eight shots, and she, Van Voorhis, Griffin, and Minick all recorded two goals apiece in the win. Gore and freshman Elizabeth Perry also led with four ground balls apiece, and Van Voorhis won three draw controls.
As a team, BSC led in shots, 33-23, ground balls, 20-17, and draw controls, 11-8.
The Panthers are in action again on Tuesday, March 9, opening their home slate against Missouri Baptist University at 4 p.m. in Panther Stadium.