BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sophomore Chelsea Van Voorhis and freshman Sarah Minick scored four goals apiece to help the Birmingham-Southern women’s lacrosse team open its home slate with a 20-6 win over Missouri Baptist University, Tuesday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
BSC moves to 3-0 with the win, while the Spartans fall to 0-4.
The Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead to open the game, courtesy of a free position goal from Van Voorhis, a goal from sophomore Alexis Sweda assisted by Minick, an unassisted goal from freshman Anna Barry, an unassisted goal from Van Voorhis, and a goal from Minick off an assist by Sweda.
MBU got on the board at the 18:54 mark on a goal by Amanda Sullivan, but BSC responded with another five straight goals, this time from Sweda, assisted by Minick, unassisted goals from Barry and Minick, a goal from sophomore Cynthia Andrews assisted by sophomore Lyndsay Griffin, and another unassisted score from Minick.
The Spartans put up another goal at the 4:19 mark when Sullivan assisted Vanessa Kretzler, cutting the lead to 10-2, but Van Voorhis scored again, and Andrews found the net on a free position shot to put the Panthers back up by 10, 12-2. MBU was able to score once more before halftime on an unassisted goal by Elizabeth Robinson with 37 seconds left, and BSC took the 12-3 lead into the locker room at the half.
MBU scored less than a minute into the second half with an unassisted goal from Kretzler, but BSC scored three straight after that, courtesy of sophomore Bryttany Uy, Van Voorhis on a free position shot, and Sweda. Kretzler scored again at the 24:32 mark, bringing the score to 15-5 in favor of BSC, but the Panthers went up 18-5 with goals from Griffin, Uy (assisted by Minick), and another from Griffin (assisted by Van Voorhis).
Kretzler scored once more for the Spartans at the 7:59 mark, and BSC closed out the scoring with goals from Minick and sophomore Judy Montalvo for a final of 20-6.
Griffin led BSC with nine shots, while Minick led with five ground balls and Van Voorhis led with three caused turnovers. For MBU, Kretzler led with six shots, she and Patty Dreyer led with four ground balls apiece, and Dreyer led with five caused turnovers.
Sophomore Katie Bates played all 60 minutes in the net for BSC and picked up five saves, while MBU’s Susie Edwards made 14 saves.
BSC out-shot the Spartans, 44-13, and took 21 draw controls to MBU’s seven.
The Panthers are on the road next week for Spring Break, traveling west to take on Linfield University, University of Puget Sound, Pacific University, and Denison University. BSC’s next home game is March 24 at 7 p.m. against North Central University.