JACKSON, Miss.—Behind a stifling defensive effort and second-straight six goal performance from freshman McHale Schneider, the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team earned a 14-6 road victory over Millsaps College Saturday afternoon at Harper Davis Field in Jackson, Miss.
The contest was the Southern Athletic Association opener for both squads. BSC moves to 3-2 overall, while Millsaps falls to 4-3.
BSC trailed Millsaps heading into the second quarter, 3-2. It would be the last time the Panthers would trail the Majors the entire afternoon. Over the span of the next 30 minutes of play, BSC scored eight unanswered goals, out-shot Millsaps 26-9, and saw junior keeper Conor Perine save all three Millsaps shots on goal. By the time the third quarter drew to a close, the Panthers owned a commanding 11-3 lead en route to the victory.
The Panthers tied the match at three barely a minute into the second quarter with an unassisted goal from sophomore Evan Lalande, his second of two goals on the day. Less than a minute later, Schneider found the back of the net with an unassisted goal while enjoying a man-up advantage to push BSC out to a lead that would never be surrendered. In the final five minutes of the half BSC went on to score three more goals to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
In another quarter owned by the Panthers, Schneider opened scoring in the third with a goal off an assist from junior Mike VanSickle, a connection that was responsible for three goals in the match. With two minutes left in the quarter, Schneider again scored, this time by an assist from sophomore Harris Oates. The Oates to Schneider combination put two Panther goals on the scoreboard.
BSC allowed three straight goals to open the fourth and and bring the score to 11-6. However, the Panthers answered with three goals of their own to close out the contest. Freshman Matt Musser scored with the man advantage on a pass from Oates. It was third goal of the game for Musser and the third assist for Oates. Freshman Thomas Grove scored with just over five minutes remaining off a helper from Lalande, Grove's third goal of the game and Lalande's second assist of the game. The Panther scoring effort concluded with a Schneider goal off a VanSickle assist.
The Panthers played a relatively clean game committing only one penalty to the five committed by the Majors. BSC won the ground balls advantage 39-31 (led by Grove with six), won more face-offs 14-10 (led by Grove with nine), and took more shots, 38-26 (led by Schneider and Musser with nine apiece).
BSC returns to action at home on Wednesday, March 12, hosting Transylvania at 5 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.