MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—It was a tale of two halves for the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team Saturday as the Panthers dropped a Southern Athletic Association match to Berry, 13-6, on Ford Field in Mount Berry, Ga.
The Panthers are now 0-6 for the season and 0-3 in conference play. Berry improves to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the SAA.
The first half was a close affair as neither team enjoyed a lead of larger than two goals. BSC owned a one-goal lead twice in the first half, while Berry enjoyed a two-goal advantage three times in the opening 30 minutes of play. The Panthers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with 22:42 left in the opening half when junior Amanda Amerson scored off a free position shot. A Berry score to even the match at one was quickly answered when sophomore Caitlin Dryer's unassisted goal at the 18:35 mark gave BSC another lead. Three unanswered Berry goals put the Panthers in a 4-2 hole with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. Another goal from Amerson a little more than two minutes later pulled BSC within one. The two sides continued to exchange goals until another Amerson score with 4:50 remaining until the half cut the Berry lead to 6-5. A pair of saves by freshman keeper Chloe Massoni kept Berry off the board as the host Vikings took the 6-5 lead into the half.
Unfortunately for BSC, Berry came out of the locker room and rattled off a 7-0 run over the first 23 minutes of the second half to put the Panthers away. A goal from freshman Natalie Daniel with less than a minute answered the Berry run and brought the match to the final score 13-6.
Amerson led BSC with six shots, four of which were on goal, to go with her three goals, while Dryer, Daniel, and freshman Ashley Shepherd accounted for the other goals. Natalie Daniel also had five draw controls.
Massoni saved a season-high 15 shots in goal for BSC in 60 minutes of work.
Kelsey McAnnally and Claire Rosenberg of Berry matched Amerson's three goals to tie for the game-high.
The Panthers return to the road Friday, Mar. 27, at 6 p.m. to take on Oglethorpe in Atlanta, Ga.