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April 22, 2011

Men's Lacrosse advances to SCAC Championship game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—In an exciting 9-7 win over third seed Sewanee in the semifinal round of the 2011 SCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship this evening, second-seeded Birmingham-Southern advances to the championship game Sunday against top seed Colorado College.

The Panthers now stand at 9-6 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 6-8.

BSC scored the first two goals of the game in the first four minutes of play, but Sewanee responded with two goals to tie it up at the 7:11 mark. The Panthers were able to score one more before the end of the quarter. Sewanee scored the first goal of the second quarter, tying it up again at 3-3, and neither team scored for nearly 11 minutes after that before the Panthers pulled ahead again with a goal by junior Jacob McPherson at the 1:40 mark. Sewanee tied it up yet again a minute later, and the score was tied 4-4 at the half.

The Tigers got their first lead of the game to open the third quarter, scoring at the 12:20 mark, but BSC tied it up less than two minutes later. Sewanee pulled ahead again after that with 8:31 left in the quarter, and the Panthers tied it up again with 5:56 left. The scored was tied at 6-6 heading into the fourth quarter.

After nearly seven minutes of scoreless play to open the fourth quarter, BSC scored two quick goals (from junior D.J. Ward and sophomore Matt Ivie) to pull ahead 8-6. Sewanee scored its final goal of the game with 2:52 remaining, and Ivie added another goal with 10 seconds left to help clinch the victory for the Panthers.

Ivie, who is tied for first in the nation in goals per game, led led all players with four goals. He and freshman Michael Sanicola recorded two assists apiece. Sophomore Brennan Ott led with eight ground balls and won 13-of-20 face-offs. Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Huffman recorded 12 saves.

BSC out-shot Sewanee, 41-28, and had 32 ground balls to the Tigers' 28. The Panthers were also 19-of-22 on clear attempts.

Sunday's championship game against Colorado College will begin at noon MT. The game will feature live stats as well as live video, both free of charge. Visit the tournament web site for more information.