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Men's Lacrosse falls to Berry at home, 13-7

Brennan Ott

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team lost at home Friday evening, falling to Berry College 13-7 in Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 5-9 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, and the Vikings move to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the SAA.

Berry scored the first three goals of the game to lead 3-0 by the 5:10 mark of the first quarter, but the Panthers responded with three goals of their own, courtesy of junior Peter Raffanti, freshman Evan Lalande, and sophomore Mike VanSickle, to tie it up with 18 seconds left in the quarter. The Vikings were able to score once more just before the end of the quarter to lead 4-3. Berry was 3-0 against BSC in the second quarter and led 7-3 at the half.

VanSickle opened the third quarter scoring with a goal for BSC to cut the Berry lead to 7-4, but the Vikings scored twice after that to go up 9-4. Raffanti found the net in the final minute of the quarter to bring the score to 9-5, but Berry out-scored the Panthers 4-2 in the fourth quarter for the 13-7 victory.

VanSickle had a hat trick for the Panthers, while senior Brennan Ott was impressive with 16 ground balls, going 14-20 on face-offs. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Huffman played all 60 minutes and recorded nine saves.

Berry led in shots, 38-36, and ground balls, 43-38, and the Vikings were 24-29 on clear attempts while BSC was 14-21. The Panthers also turned it over 24 times, seven more than Berry.

BSC is at home again this Sunday for the final game of the regular season, hosting Oglethorpe at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.