Panthers hang on to down Huntingdon in regular season home finale, 12-10

Logan Harris (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team closed out their regular season home slate on Thursday evening with an exciting 12-10 victory against in-state non-conference rival Huntingdon College on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC moves to 7-5, while the Hawks fall to 7-8.

Although the Panthers never trailed, the game was close the whole way, with BSC never leading by more than three goals. Sophomore Amanda Amerson opened the scoring with two goals in the first four minutes, the first assisted by sophomore Taylor Bates. The teams traded goals, with senior Madeline Golden scoring four in a row for the Panthers to put them up 6-4 with 5:02 left, followed by a goal from Bates to put BSC up 7-4 with 2:28 left in the first half. The Hawks closed out the first period with a goal by Lonnitria Keenan to cut it to 7-5 at the half.

Bates opened scoring in the second half, followed by two Huntingdon goals to cut it to 8-7. The Panthers proceeded to score three straight, followed by three in a row from the Hawks to make it a one-point game, 11-10, with 3:14 left to play. The BSC defense prevented the Hawks from scoring after that, though, and Bates found the back of the net with 19 seconds left to put the Panthers up 12-10 for the win.

Bates and Golden had four goals apiece, while senior Logan Harris led with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers. Golden and senior Anna Barry had four draw controls each. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Dryer made nine saves in 60 minutes of play.

The Panthers are on the road for the final two games of the regular season, traveling to face Hendrix this Saturday, April 5, at 4 p.m., and then Sewanee on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. If BSC finishes as one of the top four seeds in the Southern Athletic Association standings, they will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, April 19. The Panthers are currently ranked third in the SAA with a 3-2 mark.