Sewanee holds off BSC, 20-16, to win regular season women's lacrosse title

Stephanie Gore (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Stephanie Gore (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team lost at home to Sewanee, 20-16, Saturday afternoon in Panther Stadium in the regular season finale for both teams.

The win clinches the regular season championship for Sewanee, who finishes the season at 10-6 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Athletic Association. The Panthers fall to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference, and will play as the No. 5 seed in the upcoming SAA Championship. BSC will face No. 4 Berry in Rome, Ga., in the quarterfinals next Saturday, April 20.

It was Senior Day for BSC, as Rachael Bragg, Stephanie Gore, Rebecca Klementz, Alex Smith, Lexi Smith, and Whitney Smith were all recognized prior to the game.

Sewanee got off to a quick start in the game, scoring three goals within the first three minutes. The Panthers came alive offensively after that, scoring twice in a two-minute span with goals from junior Logan Harris and freshman Amanda Amerson. Another Sewanee goal put the Tigers up 4-2 before the Panthers scored three straight - courtesy of Amerson, junior Madeline Golden, and Harris - to take a 5-4 lead at the 13:02 mark of the first half.

The Tigers tied it back up four minutes later, then pulled ahead 6-5 only 10 seconds after that, but BSC wouldn't stay down, with Harris scoring twice in a row to put the Panthers back on top 7-6 with 5:57 left in the half. Sewanee exploded for four unanswered goals to end the half, however, taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room.

BSC came out firing in the second half, with Gore scoring only a minute in followed by two goals from Harris and another from Golden, putting BSC back in the lead, 11-10, at the 23:07 mark. The Tigers only trailed for less than a minute, though, tying it up and then pulling ahead by two, 13-11, at the 18:37 mark.

Another Amerson goal cut it to 13-12 before Sewanee scored four straight to pull ahead 17-12 for the largest lead of the game. The teams traded goals after that, and BSC was even able to score twice with under a minute left to cut it to 19-16, but the Tigers scored once more before the horn sounded for a final of 20-16.

Harris led the Panthers with seven goals on 12 shots, while Gore led with 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Golden led with four draw controls. Amerson also recorded five goals, Golden had three, and Gore had one. Alex Smith played all 60 minutes in goal and made 10 saves.

Mallory Grimm led the Tigers with five goals, and Sally Anne Greenwood led with seven ground balls. Sammy Strasburger recorded 11 saves in the net for Sewanee.

BSC led in shots, 36-35, and ground balls, 50-40, but the Tigers won 23 of the 38 draw controls of the game.