Golden leads Panthers to 15-11 victory on Senior Night

2014 Senior Class: (L to R) Anna Barry, Madeline Golden, and Logan Harris (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by senior Madeline Golden with six goals, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team defeated Calvin College, 15-11, Thursday evening on Senior Night on Battle Field at Panther Stadium. The Panthers move to 6-5, while the Knights fall to 2-3.

Besides her six goal, Golden also recorded one assist in the game, making her BSC's all-time assist leader with 37 in her four-year career. She and fellow seniors Anna Barry and Logan Harris were honored in a pregame ceremony.

BSC scored the first goal of the game and led 3-1 by the 24:50 mark behind two goals from sophomore Taylor Bates and one from Golden. Calvin scored twice to tie things up with 15:51 left in the first half. The tie was short-lived as Golden scored 17 seconds later to put BSC up for good. Although the Knights stayed on the Panthers' heels, BSC held onto the lead and was up 9-6 at the half.

The teams traded goals several times to open the second half, but the Panthers out-scored Calvin 4-2 over the final 12:30 of the game to build up to a five-goal 15-11 lead for the victory.

Golden led all players with her six goals, followed by sophomore Amanda Amerson with five, Bates with three, and Barry with one. Bates led with three assists, and freshman Hannah Hudson had two assists. Amerson and Harris led with five ground balls apiece, Harris led with four caused turnovers, and Golden led with five draw controls. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Dryer was impressive with 17 saves, one away from the single-game record.

The Panthers are back in action next Thursday, April 3, hosting in-state rival Huntingdon in the final home game of the regular season at 5 p.m.