March 7, 2011

Women's Lacrosse gets thrilling double overtime victory over Kenyon College

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—
Thanks to the game-winning goal scored by junior Chelsea Van Voorhis in double overtime, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team defeated Kenyon College, 13-12, Monday evening at Panther Stadium.

Van Voorhis had six goals and two assists in the game, helping BSC move to 2-0 on the season. Junior goalkeeper Katie Bates was also impressive with 18 saves.

Kenyon, the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament champion, jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game, but BSC answered with two goals to cut it to 3-2. Kenyon went back up 5-2, but the Panthers out-scored the Ladies 4-1 in the last 15 minutes of the half and the score was tied 6-6 at the half.

Neither team scored in the first 12 minutes of the second half, but the teams traded goals in the 13th minute to bring the score to 7-7 before two quick goals from Van Voorhis in the 19th minute put the Panthers up 9-7 with 11:24 left to play.

Kenyon kicked up its offense after that and was able to score three straight times to go up 10-9 with 1:43 left to play. The Ladies won the draw control after that goal, but turned it over to the Panthers, who drove down the field where freshman Madeline Golden was fouled and scored on a free position shot with 1:05 remaining. Neither team was able to score again in regulation, sending the game to overtime.

In women’s lacrosse overtime, the teams play two three-minute periods, and if the score is still tied, they play two more sudden-death three-minute periods. In the first three-minute period, Kenyon scored first to go up 11-10, but BSC scored twice more on goals by sophomore Anna Barry and senior Ashley Johnson. Kenyon scored a single goal in the second overtime to tie it back up 12-12.

Neither team scored in the first sudden-death period, but the Panthers opened the second sudden-death period by winning the draw control and driving to draw a foul. Van Voorhis had the free position attempt, and made the shot with 2:05 remaining to end the game and give BSC the 13-12 win.

Van Voorhis led all players with her six goals and 10 shots, while sophomore Stephanie Gore led the Panthers with eight ground balls and six caused turnovers. Bates played the entire game in goal for BSC and made 18 saves.

For Kenyon, Leah Sack led with four goals, three assists, and nine shots. Amelia Lavin led with seven ground balls, and goalkeeper Casey McKone had four saves.

The Panthers travel to Dallas, Texas, for their next three games, taking on Pomona-Pitzer College and Nazareth College in neutral-site games on March 13 and 15 before facing University of Dallas on March 17. They return home on March 23 to open SCAC play against Colorado College.