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Late-game surge not enough as Panthers fall to Rhodes, 15-13

Hannah Hudson (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Despite cutting the Rhodes lead to one with five minutes remaining, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team was unable to close the gap and lost 15-13 to the Lynx Saturday afternoon on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.

BSC falls to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Athletic Association; Rhodes also moves to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the SAA with the win.

Senior Anna Barry scored the first goal of the game on a free position shot only 49 seconds into the contest to put the Panthers up 1-0, but Rhodes responded by scoring three straight to go up 3-1. The Lynx out-scored the Panthers 6-2 after that, expanding the lead to 9-3 by the 8:36 mark. BSC put together three straight goals, including two from senior Madeline Golden, cutting it to 9-6, but Rhodes was able to score once more before halftime.

The teams traded goals to open the second half, and the Panthers cut it to 12-10 by the 11:15 mark. Rhodes scored twice more to go back up by four, followed by three straight BSC scores, cutting the Lynx lead to one, 14-13, with 5:13 left to play. After three straight turnovers, the Panthers had a chance to tie it up with 1:23 on the clock when sophomore Taylor Bates' shot was saved by Rhodes keeper Sarah Daniels. BSC picked up the ground ball but committed another turnover, and Rhodes drove and scored on the ensuing possession, putting the Lynx up 15-13 with 26 seconds left. Rhodes won the draw control but turned the ball over, and BSC was able to take one more shot before time expired, but it was high.

Freshman Hannah Hudson led the Panthers with five goals and five draw controls, and Barry had two assists. Senior Logan Harris led with seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Freshman keeper Caitlin Dryer recorded 10 saves.

For Rhodes, Morgan Fuller led with five goals, six ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and eight draw controls. Lindsey Gess also had six assists and four goals.

The Lynx dominated the draw controls, 21-9, and were 10-14 on clears while the Panthers were only 11-21.

BSC is back at home on Wednesday, March 5, hosting Reinhardt at 6 p.m.