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BSC mounts second-half comeback to down Hendrix, 12-11

Ashley Shepherd (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Ashley Shepherd (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After trailing by five in the first half, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team out-scored Hendrix in the second half to win 12-11, Saturday afternoon on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers moved to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors fell to 4-8 overall and 1-5 in the SAA.

BSC scored the game's opening goal before Hendrix rattled off six straight to pull ahead 6-1 by the 16:34 mark. The teams traded goals after that before the Panthers scored twice in a row to cut it to 7-4 with 3:05 left, but the Warriors responded with two straight goals of their own to pull back out 9-4 with 1:08 left in the half. BSC scored the final goal of the half, courtesy of junior Amanda Amerson's third goal, to cut it to 9-5 at halftime.

The Panthers came out firing in the second half, scoring four straight—two each from freshmen Natalie Daniel and Ashley Shepherd—in the first 15 minutes to tie things up 9-9. The Warriors pulled ahead by two after that, and led 11-9 by the 8:34 mark, but those would be their last goals of the game. Sophomore Hannah Hudson cut it to 11-10 40 seconds later, and with 4:29 left in the game, Amerson tied it up again 11-11 on a free position shot. The Panthers had another free position chance at the 1:51 mark, and Shepherd connected on the go-ahead and game-winning goal.

Shepherd led BSC with five goals, followed by Amerson with four, Daniel with two, and Hudson with one. Daniel led with four ground balls and four draw controls. Freshman goalkeeper Chloe Massoni played all 60 minutes and recorded eight saves for BSC.

The Panthers travel to face LaGrange College next Friday at 4 p.m. in LaGrange, Ga., before returning home for the regular season finale next Saturday, April 11, at noon versus Sewanee.