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February 22, 2012

Records fall as BSC defeats Huntingdon, 27-2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team broke the single-game scoring record in its home opener this evening against first-year program Huntingdon, winning 27-2 in Panther Stadium.

The Panthers move to 2-1 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 1-1 after defeating Oglethorpe in their inaugural game.

The single-game goals, assists, and points records were all broken in tonight's game, as BSC recorded 27 goals and 17 assists for 44 total points. Freshman Erik Klein also broke the single-game points record with his six goals and six assists for 12 points, and freshman John Sommerall broke the single-game face-offs record with 17.

BSC scored the first three goals of the game, and led 7-1 after the first period. The Panthers out-scored Huntingdon 9-1 in the second period, leading 16-2 at halftime, and then shut out the Hawks in the second half while adding 11 more goals for a final score of 27-2.

Klein led with six goals on six shots, as well as six assists. Senior D.J. Ward and sophomore Michael Sanicola also recorded four assists apiece. Sommerall led with 11 ground balls, and senior David Litton had four caused turnovers.

Junior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman played all 60 minutes in the net, recording nine saves.

BSC out-shot Huntingdon 57-22 and had 49 ground balls to the Hawks' 21. The Panthers were also 7-of-8 on extra-man opportunities and 19-of-20 on clear attempts.

BSC will play two neutral-site games over the next few days, facing Guilford College on Saturday at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and then Adrian College on Monday at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.