Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 8) - Around The SCAC

Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 8) - Around The SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - The inaugural SCAC men's lacrosse tournament field is set as Colorado College, Birmingham-Southern, Sewanee and Southwestern will compete for the 2011 SCAC men's lacrosse championship. Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee play on April 19 to determine the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.


Birmingham-Southern went on the road this week and defeated Centre, 20-3. BSC was also originally scheduled to face Sewanee on Friday, but the game was postponed due to severe weather moving into the area. Sophomore Matt Ivie led with six goals against the Colonels, and senior Ben Schaefer led with six ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Huffman also recorded six saves. BSC will make up the game against Sewanee this Tuesday before heading to Colorado College for the conference championship this weekend.
Centre competed in its final home game of the season on Sunday, April 17 against conference opponent Birmingham-Southern. Centre played hard, but they were unable to come away with the win as they were beaten 20-3. Prior to the game starting two seniors were honored for their efforts during the Colonels inaugural season. The Colonels will take part in their final game of the season on Tuesday, May 3 against Oberlin College at 4:30 p.m. in Oberlin, Ohio.  

Colorado College completed a perfect Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season with a 24-3 victory over Hendrix. Freshman attackman Jake Smith struck for a season-high six goals and set up two other scores to help the Tigers remain perfect. Carson Christman found the net four times, the first of which proved to be his second game winner of the season. He assisted on four tallies, including three by Smith, en route to an eight-point night. Moses Taylor scored four times, while Bart Cerf and Charles Curtis notched a pair. Buck McKenna won 19 of 22 draws and grabbed a game-high 11 ground balls, while Chris Kolodey caused four turnovers and picked up four ground balls. Zach Steedman had to make just one save for the Tigers. CC eclipsed the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in seven conference games and outscored its opponents 134-17 during those contests. Colorado College did not allow more than five goals in an SCAC game this season. As a team, the Tigers lead the nation in scoring defense (3.80 goals per game), man-down defense (.938), scoring margin (12.78) and assists per game (11.70). Steedman leads the nation with a 3.90 goals-against average and is ninth with a .648 saves percentage. Carson Christman is third in assists (3.10) and fourth in points per game (6.0), while McKenna is fourth in face-off percentage (.768). Colorado College faces Southwestern in the first semifinal of the SCAC Tournament on Friday at Washburn Field. 

Hendrix saw its 2011 season come to a halt after dropping two games this week. The Warriors traveled to Colorado College for a 24-3 loss on Friday evening and then lost a heart-breaker at Southwestern on Sunday. Hendrix squared off against Southwestern in a must-win situation and the Pirates came away with a 9-8 double-overtime victory. Hendrix and Southwestern came into Sunday’s affair tied at 3-3 in league play as the two teams were playing in a rubber match that would decide the inaugural SCAC Tournament’s No. 4 seed. Southwestern earned the rite to travel to Colorado Spring, Colo. when sophomore Edward Williams scored the game-winning goal off an assist from first year Alex Michael with 2:40 left in the second overtime. Williams finished with a team-high four goals, while Tyler Downing and Carter Cowan added two goals apiece.  Hendrix senior Clayton Cersonsky and sophomore David Davis, Jr. led the team with three goals apiece, while junior Ben Nelson scored two fourth-quarter goals to send the game into extra minutes. The Warriors finish their 2011 season with a 5-7 overall record after going 0-36 in the program’s first three seasons.

Millsaps did not play last week.

Oglethorpe picked up its third victory of its inaugural season by topping Dallas on Salamone Field on Sunday afternoon, 9-7. In a tight contest where neither team opened up more than a 3-goal advantage, the Petrels netted the first three goals of the fourth quarter to clear a path to victory. The Petrels jumped out front 2-0 in the first on consecutive strikes from Dustin Carnahan, the second on a nice assist from Michael Kasmarik. After the Crusaders notched their first tally, Arness Holsey fed Maseo Brown for a goal that gave Oglethorpe a 3-1 advantage that the Petrels would take to halftime. Dallas began the second half by notching the first three goals to take their first lead at 4-3 at the 8:02 mark of the third quarter. Kasmarik evened the score at four apiece on a wicked shot past the Dallas keeper but the Crusaders forged ahead 5-4 before an Oglethorpe own-goal with 3:34 left in the period. Moments later, Kasmarik tied the score again after taking a pass from behind the net from Carnahan and rifling it past the Crusader keeper. Tied 5-5, the Petrels took the game by the throat to start the fourth quarter and lift the squad to victory. Price Hamilton scored his first career goal just 14 seconds into the quarter when he scooped up a ground ball and raced 35 yards up field, weaving past defenders before slamming home the go-ahead goal. John Brewer made 19 saves in goal for Oglethorpe while the Petrels converted an impressive 20 of 26 clearance attempts in the win. The Petrels are now 3-9 on the year and will close out the season versus Hanover on April 27 on Salamone Field at 3:30 p.m.
Sewanee’s only game of the week, scheduled for Friday, April 15 against Birmingham-Southern was postponed due to inclement weather. The Tigers will now face the Panthers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 in their final game before the SCAC Championships. The Tigers sit at 6-6 overall and 5-1 in SCAC play.   

In a game that was reminiscent of last year's season closing match-up between Southwestern and Hendrix, the Pirates won 9-8 in double overtime after a thrilling, well-played contest by both teams. With a packed hillside the teams battled back and forth. Southwestern took a quick 5-1 lead but the Warriors battled back to tie the game late. After the scoreless first overtime period Hendrix had the first shot at the game winner, but goalie Chris O'Quain made a fantastic save on Ben Nelson's shot. Southwestern set up their attempt with a time out and Alex Michael found Ed Williams streaking through the middle and Williams shot a laser into the back of the net for the game winner. The win improves SU to 7-8 on the year and 4-3 in the SCAC, earning them the final spot in the conference's first ever post-season tournament to be held this coming weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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