Berry comes from behind to down Panthers in SAA quarterfinals, 16-12

Amanda Amerson (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

ROME, Ga.--The fifth-seeded Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team fell 16-12 to fourth-seeded Berry College in the quarterfinal round of the Southern Athletic Association Championship, Saturday afternoon at Ford Field in Rome, Ga.

The loss ends the 2013 campaign for the Panthers with a 5-9 record.

Berry tallied two unanswered goals in the first three minutes of the match and held a 4-1 lead only six minutes into the contest. BSC would fight back and close the gap to 6-5 with a goal from junior Madeline Golden with six minutes remaining in the half. Golden would close the half's scoring with 16 seconds left to cut Berry's halftime lead to 8-6. At the half, the Panthers had taken five more shots, committed four fewer turnovers, and corralled up four more ground balls than host Berry.

The Panthers came out in the second half and found the back of the net first with a goal from freshman Amanda Amerson, one of her game-high seven goals. Just over two minutes later BSC evened the match at 8-8 when freshman Shana O'Brien scored an unassisted goal. After a Berry score, Amerson again hit pay dirt, notching her sixth goal of the game to tie it at nine. With just over 16 minutes left, Golden scored her final goal of the match with the help of one of freshman Taylor Bates' team-high two assists to give the Panthers a 12-10 lead. The Vikings, however, would proceed to score six unanswered goals to take the match and move on to the semifinals of the tournament.

BSC out-shot Berry 35-28 and turned the ball over 17 times against Berry's 22 turnovers. The Panthers won six fewer draw controls, 18-12, and had eight fewer saves, 13-5.

Amerson led all players with seven goals, Golden led with seven draw controls, and senior Stephanie Gore led with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.