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Men's Lacrosse mounts thrilling comeback to defeat Centre, 16-14

Jacob McPherson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Courtesy of six straight goals to open the fourth quarter, the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team, after trailing 13-9, came back late in the game to defeat Centre, 16-14, Friday evening in Panther Stadium.

The Panthers move to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the SCAC, moving to second place in the conference standings, while the Colonels fall to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the SCAC.

The game was tied 3-3 after the first quarter, and BSC pulled ahead with the first goal of the second quarter before Centre scored three straight before halftime, leading 6-4 at the half.

The Colonels out-scored the Panthers 4-2 in the first six minutes of the third quarter, going up 10-6, and the teams traded goals to finish out the quarter, including a goal at the horn by Centre to put the Colonels up 13-9.

BSC came out on fire in the fourth quarter, tying it up by the 10:51 mark and then pulling ahead, 14-13, for the first time since early in the game on a goal by senior Jacob McPherson. Freshman Reed Butler then scored what would turn out to be the game-winner with 8:46 remaining.

Centre added one more goal at the 7:29 mark, and neither team was able to score again for the next 7:19, although both teams had a few chances - BSC goalkeeper Andrew Huffman made two saves and Centre keeper Clayton Brown made one.

The Panthers finally broke through with 10 seconds left to play, as freshman Erik Klein scored off an assist from senior Chris Clarke to put BSC up 16-14.

BSC won 13 of the last 15 face-offs of the game, including 8-of-9 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers out-shot the Colonels 51-31, and had more ground balls, 51-34.

McPherson led with four goals, followed by Klein and senior D.J. Ward with three apiece. Butler and junior Matt Ivie posted two each, and Ivie and junior Nicco DeRosa led with three assists apiece.

Clarke led the defense with 10 ground balls, and Ivie had three caused turnovers.

The Panthers are back at home on Sunday to close out the regular season, facing Sewanee at 6 p.m. in a game that will determine the seeding for the upcoming SCAC Championship, hosted by BSC next weekend.