March 12, 2014

Late comeback not enough as Panthers fall to Transylvania, 7-6

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After falling behind 6-1, the Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team made a late-game surge but were unable to overcome Transylvania University, losing 7-6 Wednesday evening on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

The Panthers fall to 3-3, while the Pioneers pick up their first win of the year to move to 1-4.

Freshmen Matt Musser and Thomas Grove combined to score the first goal of the game and put BSC up 1-0 a little over four minutes into the first period, but Transy proceeded to score six straight goals. The Panthers were shut out in the second quarter and trailed 5-1 at the half before the Pioneers went up 6-1 to open the third quarter. Grove scored to break BSC's cold streak, but another Transy goal put the Pioneers up 7-2 with 6:37 left in the third quarter.

Senior Peter Raffanti found the back of the Pioneer net at the 3:03 mark of the third quarter, assisted by freshman McHale Schneider, and Grove scored about a minute later off an assist from Musser to cut it to 7-4 heading into the fourth quarter. Sophomore Headley VanMeter, assisted by Schneider, cut it to 7-5 with 12:47 left to play, but the Panthers were unable to score again until time had almost expired, with Grove cutting it to 7-6 with only seven seconds left on the clock. BSC won the face-off but was unable to get off another shot before the end of the game.

Grove led BSC with three goals as well as seven ground balls and eight face-off wins. Junior Conor Perine played all 60 minutes in the net for the Panthers and recorded seven saves.

BSC is on the road for its next two games, traveling next week to Georgetown, Texas, to face Southwestern University on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m., then to Shreveport, La., to take on Centenary College on Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. The Panthers are back at home on Saturday, March 22, hosting Southern Athletic Association rival Rhodes College at 3 p.m.