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Sewanee comes back to defeat BSC, 11-10, in regular season finale

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Courtesy of six unanswered second-half goals, the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team fell at home to Sewanee, 11-10, Sunday evening in Panther Stadium.

BSC ends the regular season at 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the SCAC, while Sewanee ends with the same records.

The Panthers will enter next weekend's SCAC Championship, which they are hosting, as the second seed, and face either Centre or Sewanee on Friday at 7:30 p.m. All three teams finished with records of 7-2, but the Panthers won the tie-breaker by virtue of allowing the least number of goals against league opponents. Top-seeded Colorado College will face the fourth seed at 5 p.m. in Panther Stadium prior to BSC's game.

BSC scored the only two goals of the first quarter, and then the first four goals of the second quarter to go up 6-0. The teams traded goals to end the half, and the Panthers led 7-2 at halftime.

Sewanee came out strong in the third quarter, out-scoring BSC 7-2 to tie it up, 8-8, by the end of the quarter.

Neither team found the net for the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers scored with 5:43 and 4:01 remaining to take a 10-8 lead. The Panthers cut it to 10-9 less than a minute later, but Sewanee put another one on the board at the 1:32 mark to go back up by two.

The Tigers committed a penalty with 34 seconds on the clock, giving BSC an extra-man opportunity, which they took advantage of, as senior D.J. Ward scored with 21 seconds on the clock to cut the lead back to one. After a BSC timeout, Sewanee won the face-off and ran down the rest of the time to get the win.

The Tigers won all six fourth-quarter face-offs, and won 16-of-24 total. BSC out-shot Sewanee, 38-34, but the Tigers held the advantage in ground balls with 49 to BSC's 25.

Ward and freshman Erik Klein scored three goals apiece, and senior Jacob McPherson had two goals and two assists. Klein led with three assists.

Senior David Litton led with five ground balls, followed by junior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman. Huffman also made 12 saves.