Panthers drop double-overtime heartbreaker to Otterbein, 13-12

Amanda Amerson (photo by Cari Dean)
Amanda Amerson (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team dropped a double-overtime decision at home to Otterbein Wednesday evening, losing 13-12 on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers fell to 0-4, while the Cardinals moved to 2-1.

Neither team led by more than two goals at any point of the game, and never by more than one at any time after the first half. Otterbein led 3-1 after the first six minutes of the game, and BSC, playing one player short due to injuries, battled back for its first lead of the game, 5-4, at the 6:17 mark. At around the 10-minute mark, the skies opened up and the teams played in very heavy, driving rain for the remainder of the half. The Cardinals scored again before the end of the first half for a 5-5 tie after 30 minutes of play.

After the rain let up at halftime, the teams essentially traded goals through the second half, and it was tied 10-10 with four minutes left in regulation. BSC sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Dryer made two big saves after that, and BSC was able to clear the ball at the 2:25 mark. The Panthers held possession for the next two minutes before junior Amanda Amerson found the net with 22 seconds remaining, putting BSC up 11-10. Otterbein won the draw control and drove for a quick goal to tie things up 11-11 with nine seconds left. BSC won the next draw control but wasn't able to get the ball down the field in time for a shot, sending the game to overtime.

The Cardinals struck first in overtime, scoring at the 4:36 mark of the six-minute period, but the Panthers tied it back up at the 3:16 mark on a free position goal from freshman Natalie Daniel. Neither team was able to score again, although Amerson had a look with 14 seconds remaining but Cardinal goalie Ariel Petroval came up with the save, sending the game to sudden-death double overtime.

Otterbein controlled the ball to open the second overtime period, and took a shot less than a minute in that ricocheted off the post. The Panthers picked up the ground ball but were unable to clear the ball, with OU's Courtney Hilfinger causing the turnover and driving down quickly to score the game-winner less than two minutes in.

Amerson led BSC with five goals, followed by freshman Ashley Shepherd with four and Daniel with three. Amerson also recorded three assists and led with eight ground balls. Shepherd led with four caused turnovers. Dryer recorded 11 saves in nearly 68 minutes of action.

Tory Blatt led OU with four goals, and Petroval recorded seven saves.

The Panthers are back in action next Thursday, March 12, hosting Tennessee Wesleyan at 5 p.m.