BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After keeping things close through the first half, Tennessee Wesleyan out-scored the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team 15-3 in the second half to win 22-7, Thursday evening on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers fell to 0-5, while the Bulldogs moved to 3-2.
BSC, playing without leading scorer Amanda Amerson, who is out due to injury, scored twice to open the game, both off free position shots; the first was by freshman Natalie Daniel, and the second was by sophomore Jillian Montgomery, putting BSC up 2-0 by the 24:34 mark. TWC scored 20 seconds later, though, and then twice more over the next six minutes to take a 3-2 lead. The teams traded goals after that, playing to a 4-4 tie at the 10:43 mark, before the Bulldogs put up three goals to close the half with a 7-4 lead.
The Wesleyan offense was relentless in the second half, scoring 10 straight goals to open and put the Bulldogs up 17-4 by the 15:50 mark. The Panthers scored twice after that, both from freshman Ashley Shepherd, but TWC out-scored BSC 5-1 over the last 7:41, including two goals with under 30 seconds left on the clock, to push the final score to 22-7.
Wesleyan out-shot BSC 40-21, and draw controls were nearly even. Jasmine Hickman led all players with eight goals for the Bulldogs. Shepherd and Daniel led the Panthers with two goals each, and Shepherd and freshman Brianna Studer led with three ground balls apiece. Daniel led with eight draw controls, followed by Shepherd with six.
Sophomore goalie Caitlin Dryer played all 60 minutes for BSC, recording eight saves, while Bulldog keeper Paige Falkowski made seven saves.
The Panthers are on the road for their next four games to close out the month of March, traveling to face Berry, March 21, Oglethorpe, March 27, Centre, March 29, and Huntingdon, March 31. BSC returns home April 4 to host Hendrix at noon.