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March 23, 2011

Panther comeback falls short against Colorado College

Box Score

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—
Despite a comeback in the second half to cut it to 15-13, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team lost to Colorado College, Wednesday, 20-16 in Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in the SCAC, losing at home for the first time since the 2009 season; Colorado College remains undefeated at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The teams traded goals in the opening minutes of play, and a goal by senior Ashley Johnson put BSC up 3-2 at the 24:12 mark. The Tigers responded with four straight goals after that to go up 6-3 before another goal from Johnson cut it to 6-4 with 9:48 left in the half. Colorado College went on another run after that, though, scoring five straight to go up 11-4. Two goals from BSC, by Johnson and sophomore Anna Barry, brought the score to 11-6, and the Tigers scored once more before halftime.

Colorado College scored the first goal of the second half before Johnson scored twice to cut it to 13-8. The Tigers scored two more before the Panthers came alive on offense, scoring five quick goals, mostly on straight drives off draw controls, cutting the lead to 15-13 with 16:51 left to play.

The Tigers scored another goal to end BSC's scoring streak, but the Panthers scored again to cut the lead back to two with 15:18 left. BSC wasn't able to keep up the scoring pace, and CC out-scored the Panthers 4-2 down the stretch for a final score of 20-16.

Johnson led the Panthers with seven goals on seven shots, as well as an assist. Juniors Chelsea Van Voorhis and Lyndsay Griffin had three goals each, and Van Voorhis led with two assists. Barry, junior Alexis Sweda and sophomore Stephanie Gore scored one goal apiece. Van Voorhis, Johnson, and freshmen Madeline Golden and Hailey Massa all led with four ground balls each, Van Voorhis led with four draw controls, and Johnson had two caused turnovers.

Junior Katie Bates played all 60 minutes in goal for the Panthers, recording 11 saves.

For Colorado College, Grace Maloney led with six goals and five draw controls, Ginna Oates led with four ground balls, and Hollis Moore led with four caused turnovers.

CC out-shot BSC 35-23, but BSC had more ground balls, 29-24. The Tigers led the draw controls, 23-15, and were 8-of-9 on free position shots.

The Panthers are at home again this Friday, facing Washington & Jefferson College at 7:30 p.m. in Panther Stadium.