BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—With four goals each from senior Madeline Golden and sophomore Taylor Bates, the third-seeded Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team defeated sixth-seeded Millsaps, 14-10, Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association Championship on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers move to 9-6, while the Majors end their season with a record of 3-9. Each of the top four seeds hosted a quarterfinal match today, with the winners advancing to play at the site of the highest remaining seed next weekend. All four of the top seeds won today, so the teams will travel to Danville, Ky., next weekend where BSC will face second-seeded Sewanee, while fourth-seeded Berry will face top-seeded Centre on Saturday, followed by the championship match on Sunday.
In today's game against Millsaps, BSC raced out to a 6-1 lead in the first 10:30 before the Majors cut it to 6-4 by halftime and then 6-5 with the first goal of the second half. The Panthers responded with four straight goals to go up 10-5 by the 15:18 mark, and BSC led 14-8 with 3:17 left in the game. Millsaps was able to score twice more in the closing minutes, but it wasn't enough to overcome BSC's lead.
Bates and Golden led the Panther scoring effort with four goals apiece, while sophomore Amanda Amerson had three, freshman Hannah Hudson had two, and junior Caroline Rowan had one, which was the game-winner. Golden and senior Anna Barry, who left the game early due to injury, had two assists each. Hudson led with seven ground balls and five draw controls as well as four caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Dryer recorded seven saves.