BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Four different Panthers scored three goals apiece, and sophomore goalie Katie Bates made eight saves to help lead the Birmingham-Southern women’s lacrosse team to a rare shutout against Oberlin College, 16-0, Thursday evening in Panther Stadium. BSC moves to 9-2 with the win, while the Yeowomen drop to 3-3.
Freshman Sarah Minick scored the first two goals of the game, and freshman Rebecca Klementz (assisted by freshman Stephanie Gore) and sophomore Alexis Sweda (assisted by sophomore Chelsea Van Voorhis) also scored to put BSC up 4-0 in the first five minutes of play.
Klementz found the back of the net again nine minutes later, followed by two goals from Sweda, one from sophomore Bryttany Uy, another from Klementz off a free position shot, one from sophomore Lyndsay Griffin (assisted by Minick), another from Minick, and another from Griffin (assisted by Gore) to put the Panthers up 12-0 at the half.
The Panthers backed off their offense in the second half, scoring only four goals – three from Van Voorhis and one from freshman Anna Barry.
Klementz, Sweda, Van Voorhis, and Klementz each scored three goals. Gore led with six shots and posted two assists, and also led with five ground balls. Uy and Minick led with three draw controls apiece, and Gore and freshman Elizabeth Perry led with four caused turnovers each.
Molly Bloom led Oberlin with four shots, Lori Sako led with three ground balls, and Alice Zicht led with two draw controls. Katherine Ficarra also led with two caused turnovers.
Bates played all 60 minutes in goal for BSC and made eight saves, while Oberlin’s Madeleine O'Meara also played the entire game and made seven saves.
As a team, the Panthers led in shots (32-9), ground balls (25-13), draw controls (14-4), and caused turnovers (17-4). Oberlin committed 19 turnovers to the BSC’s 15.
BSC is off for nine days before returning to action at home on Saturday, April 10, taking on Agnes Scott College at 1 p.m. in Panther Stadium.