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March 17, 2013

Panthers hang on to defeat Otterbein at home, 12-10

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Led by freshman Amanda Amerson with four goals, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team defeated Otterbein University, 12-10, at home on Sunday afternoon in Panther Stadium.

The Panthers move to 3-5 overall while the Cardinals fall to 2-2.

Otterbein scored the first two goals of the game in the first two minutes of play, but the Panthers tied it up with two Amerson goals over the next 11 minutes, and then took a 3-2 lead on a goal by junior Madeline Golden. The Cardinals tied it up again, but BSC scored twice after that, courtesy of goals from junior Logan Harris and freshman Taylor Bates, to go up 5-3. The teams traded goals to close out the half with the Panthers leading 6-4.

The second half opened with a goal by Golden in the first minute to give BSC its biggest lead so far, 7-4, but the Cardinals scored two quick goals after that to cut it to 7-6. Harris scored after that to put the Panthers back up by two, but Otterbein scored three straight to take back the lead, 9-8, for the first time since the opening minutes of the game.

BSC turned up its offense after that, scoring four straight goals in five minutes - two from Amerson and one from Harris and Golden - to go back up 12-9 with 8:21 left in the game. Neither team scored again until the 1:27 mark, when Otterbein was able to score off a free position shot to cut it to 12-10, but BSC held the Cardinals scoreless after that for the two-point win.

Amerson scored four goals on four shots and also picked up four ground balls, while Golden had three goals and two assits. Harris also recorded three goals with five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Bates and senior Rebecca Klementz had one goal apiece. Senior Stephanie Gore led with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. Senior goalkeeper Alex Smith recorded four saves.

For Otterbein, Victoria Blatt led with five goals and Kayle Quinter led with five ground balls. Goalie Karen Brady started in the net and made five saves; Morgan Stacey saw backup action in the second half and recorded two saves.

Shots were nearly even at 21-20 in favor of the Cardinals, and Otterbein picked up more ground balls with 32 to BSC's 26. The Cardinals also led draw controls 14-9, but turned the ball over 29 times, seven more than the Panthers.

BSC is on the road for its next four games, beginning with a spring break trip to West Palm Beach, Fla., to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday and Washington & Jefferson on Thursday. The Panthers will return home for the final game of the regular season to face Sewanee on Saturday, April 13, at noon.