DANVILLE, Ky.—A season-high 17 saves from freshman goalkeeper Chloe Massoni and a second-straight five-goal performance from freshman midfielder Ashley Shepherd were not enough for the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team as they dropped a conference match to Centre College, 14-11, Sunday afternoon at the South Campus Complex in Danville, Ky.
The loss moves BSC to 1-7 on the season and 1-4 in the Southern Athletic Association standings. Centre is now 4-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Both squads found offensive success early as each team scored once within the first four minutes of play. Junior Amanda Amerson provided the assist for Shepherd's first score of the match at the 26:19 mark of the first half to tie it at one each. A 4-0 Centre run gave the host team a comfortable 5-1 lead with just under 10 minutes in the opening half. Each team would close out the half with two goals to head into the half with a score of 7-3.
Centre pieced together another run to open the second half and claim a 10-3 advantage with just under 23 minutes in the game. BSC would close out the game outscoring Centre 8-4, but the comeback bid would fall short.
Amerson chipped in three goals to complement her game-high two assists, an honor she would share with Jacqueline Anderson of Centre. Shana O'Brien led the Panther defensive effort with four ground balls, another game-high honor shared with Centre's Anderson.
BSC stays on the road for its next game, facing in-state rival Huntingdon this Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in Montgomery.