Women's Lacrosse falls to Sewanee in SAA semifinals
DANVILLE, Ky.—The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team saw its season end this afternoon against second-seeded Sewanee after a 22-8 loss in the semifinal round of the 2014 Southern Athletic Association Championship, hosted by Centre College in Danville, Ky.
The loss brings BSC's final record to 9-7 for the 2014 season, while Sewanee moves to 12-6 and earns a spot in the finals against top-seeded Centre, Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET.
At the 8:54 mark of the first half a pair of BSC goals, an unassisted score from sophomore Taylor Bates and one from senior Logan Harris assisted by Bates, got the Panthers on the scoreboard and cut the Sewanee lead to 8-2 after the Tigers opened the game with eight straight scores. Sewanee would go on to score five of the opening period's final six goals to claim a 13-3 halftime lead. BSC's third goal of the half was an unassisted goal by senior Madeline Golden.
After an early Sewanee goal to open the second half, the Panthers ripped off two straight scores to shrink the deficit to single-digits at 14-5. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Sewanee would go on to to score seven of the next eight goals to push the lead out to 21-6. A Panther goal from Bates off a Harris assist and an unassisted score from Golden cut the lead to 21-8 with 1:13 left. A final Sewanee goal with less than a minute remaining brought the match to its final score of 22-8.
Freshman goalkeeper Caitlyn Dryer minded the net for BSC and picked up eight saves on the afternoon. Offensively, the Panthers were led by Bates, Golden, and Harris with their team-high two goals apiece. On the defensive end, sophomore Shana O'Brien rounded up a team-high four ground balls and freshman Hannah Hudson won a team-best three draw controls.
Sewanee controlled nearly every statistical category in the match. The Tigers out shot BSC 35-28, collected more ground balls, 26-17, and won more draw controls, 22-9.