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Panthers mount second-half comeback for 13-11 win over Carthage

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –
Sophomore Lyndsay Griffin led the Birmingham-Southern women’s lacrosse team with four goals, Sunday, in the Panthers’ 13-11 victory over Carthage College. BSC moves to 8-2 on the season, while the Lady Reds drop to 1-6.

Carthage scored the first goal of the game in the fourth minute when Natalie Ceis found the net, and BSC responded with three goals – a free position goal from Griffin, and unassisted goals from freshmen Stephanie Gore and Anna Barry – to go up 3-1 by the 24:17 mark.

The Lady Reds answered with three goals of their own to re-take the lead, 4-3, at the 21:10 mark, and stayed just ahead of the Panthers for the remainder of the half, leading 9-6 at halftime.

The Panthers came out re-energized in the second half, scoring two quick goals in the first three minutes, one from Gore, assisted by Griffin, and one from Barry, cutting the lead to 9-8. Desirae Murphy scored next to put the Lady Reds back up by two, but BSC responded with goals from sophomore Chelsea Van Voorhis and Griffin to tie things up, 10-10, at the 19:49 mark, and a goal from sophomore Alexis Sweda put the Panthers ahead for the first time since early in the first half.

Kate Flanagan scored for Carthage to tie things up, 11-11, with 16:26 left in the game, but BSC responded again with a goal from Gore to go up, 12-11, and another goal from Van Voorhis to go up, 13-11, with 13 minutes left. The Panthers held the ball for much of the remainder of the game, running out the clock and denying the Lady Reds any scoring opportunities before picking up the two-point win, the closest scoring margin of the entire season so far.

Griffin led with four goals on 12 shots as well as five draw controls, while Van Voorhis recorded three goals on 10 shots. Sophomore Bryttany Uy led with eight ground balls, and Gore led with six caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Katie Bates played the entire 60 minutes and recorded six saves.

For Carthage, Murphy led with three goals and seven shots, Karissa Secora led with five ground balls, and Tiffany Martin led with four draw controls. Jennifer John also played the entire game in goal, making 18 saves.

As a team, BSC led in shots (41-23 overall and 24-4 in the second half) and ground balls (35-26), while committing fewer turnovers than Carthage (21-28). Draw controls were even at 13 apiece, including a 9-1 advantage for BSC in the second half.

The Panthers are back in action again at home this Thursday, April 1, taking on Oberlin College at 7 p.m. in Panther Stadium.