Panthers fall to top-seeded Sewanee in SCAC semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—No. 1 Sewanee and No. 2 Colorado College both won in the semifinals today of the 2011 SCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship, advancing to the title game tomorrow at noon in Panther Stadium.

Sewanee defeated No. 4 Birmingham-Southern in the first semifinal today, 20-11, and No. 2 Colorado College defeated No. 3 Centre College 18-4 in the second game.

In the game between BSC and Sewanee, the teams traded goals in the first three minutes before Sewanee scored five straight to go up 6-1 by the 22:31 mark. BSC scored twice after that to cut it to 6-3, but the Tigers scored eight straight goals to close the half with a 14-3 lead.

The teams traded goals again, twice, to open the second half, and the Panthers then scored three straight to cut the lead to 16-8 with 19:51 remaining. Sewanee scored another goal, but BSC answered with two, cutting it to 17-10 with 7:48 left to play. Sewanee proceeded to score three straight, though, putting the Tigers up 20-10. BSC was able to score once more before the end of the game.

Molly Arnold led the Tigers with four goals, and Hanna Moran and Amy Nusbaum led with three ground balls each. Arnold also led with six draw controls. Nusbaum, the goalkeeper, played the entire game in goal and recorded 13 saves.

For BSC, junior Chelsea Van Voorhis led with three goals, and freshman Hailey Massa led with seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Katie Bates made 15 saves.

In the game between Centre and Colorado College, the Tigers dominated play, going up 3-0 to start the game and leading 12-2 at halftime. Colorado College out-scored Centre 6-2 in the second half.

Leslie Jacoby, Ellie Cole, and Kate Krieger led the Tigers with three goals apiece, while Sarah Mastey led Centre with two of its four.

In goal for Colorado College, Abby Fink started and played the first half, making seven saves. Katy Stetson came in for the second half and recorded four saves. For Centre, Lauren Esterle played all 60 minutes and grabbed 13 saves.