Women's Lacrosse falls to Sewanee in regular season finale
SEWANEE, Tenn.—In the regular-season finale for both clubs, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team fell to Sewanee 22-13 Saturday afternoon at Puett Field in Sewanee, Tenn.
BSC drops to 8-6 on the season and 4-3 in Southern Athletic Association action, while Sewanee improves to 10-6 overall and 6-1 in the SAA standings.
The game was a relatively close affair in the opening minutes of the first half. The game was tied at three at the 18:11 mark courtesy of a pair of goals from senior Madeline Golden, one a free position goal, and a score from sophomore Amanda Amerson. Sewanee scored three goals in the following five minutes of action to take a 6-3 lead with 12:28 left in the first half. The Panthers responded with a goal from freshman Hannah Hudson off an Amerson assist, one of her team-high two helpers on the match. Sewanee answered back with a pair of goals to push the lead to 8-4, the largest advantage for the Tigers in the half. Again, BSC clawed back by scoring three of the next four goals to pull the match to 9-7 with 3:12 remaining in the half. Sewanee tallied another score before halftime to claim a 10-7 lead heading into the intermission.
The back-and-forth nature of the match continued as Sewanee only held a 13-9 lead with 18:41 left in the game after a goal from senior Logan Harris off an Amerson assist. The Tigers then used seven straight goals over the next ten minutes of play to pull away. With 7:41 remaining, and Sewanee up 20-9, BSC would go on to score four of the match's final six goals for a final of 22-13.
Golden and Amerson led the offensive effort for the Panthers with four goals each, with Golden winning a team-high six draw controls, while Harris was strong on the defensive end with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Dryer went the distance for BSC and recorded 12 saves on the afternoon.
The Panthers begin post-season play next Saturday, April 19, in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 SAA Championship. The top four seeds each host a quarterfinal game, followed by the semifinals and finals played at the highest remaining seed April 26 and 27. BSC has a chance to host a match next weekend depending upon the outcome of this evening's games between Oglethorpe and Centre, and Rhodes and Hendrix.