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April 8, 2011

Women's Lacrosse loses to Centre in overtime, 19-18

DANVILLE, Ky.—The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker Friday night to Centre College on the road, falling 19-18 in double overtime. BSC drops to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the SCAC, while Centre moves to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

The Colonels dominated the first half, leading 5-1 by the 7:53 mark and 12-2 by the 26:41 mark. The Panthers were able to score twice (both goals from junior Chelsea Van Voorhis) in the last three minutes of the half to cut it to 12-4.

Eight minutes into the second half, Centre still held a 15-7 lead, but the Panthers went on a tear after that point, scoring seven straight goals in a seven-minute span to cut the lead to 15-14 with a little over six minutes left in the game. The Colonels responded with two goals to go up 17-14 with 3:30 left in the game, but the Panthers did not relent. They cut it to 17-15 with 2:04 left on another Van Voorhis goal, then 17-16 with 1:12 left on a goal from junior Alexis Sweda, and freshman Madeline Golden scored the game-tying goal with 48 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.

BSC was able to take its first lead of the game in the first three-minute overtime period on a goal by senior Ashley Johnson. It was the only goal scored in that period of play. In the second three-minute period, Centre was able to score twice while holding BSC scoreless for the 19-18 victory.

Van Voorhis led all players with eight goals and 16 shots, while sophomore Stephanie Gore led with seven ground balls. Golden led with five draw controls. Junior Katie Bates played the entire game in goal, making nine saves.

Team stats were fairly even between the two teams with the exception of draw controls, which Centre led 26-15, and free position shots, which Centre was 6-of-10 on while BSC was 2-of-8.

The Panthers are in action again tomorrow in Danville, taking on Fontbonne University at 6 p.m.