Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 5) - Around The SCAC

Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 5) - Around The SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - Birmingham-Southern extended its winning streak to four games with a 19-5 win over Fontbonne and a 20-2 win over league rival Oglethorpe. The Panthers improved to 5-4 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Colorado College also remained undefeated by picking up two wins last week.


Birmingham-Southern picked up two more big wins this week at home, defeating Fontbonne on Thursday, 19-5, and Oglethorpe on Saturday, 20-2. After going 1-4 to start the season, the Panthers have now won four straight games, and have out-scored their opponents 87-17 in the last four games, including a 23-0 shutout of Millsaps. Saturday's game was the last home game for senior Ben Schaefer and junior Eli Burnham, who will graduate this May. BSC is on the road for the remainder of the season, including a neutral-site game this Saturday against Greensboro College (NC) in Greenville, S.C.
Centre played in three home games over Spring Break. The Colonels hosted conference opponent Colorado College on Monday, March 21 and Centre fell 21-1. Centre then faced Berry on Friday, March 25 and they lost 13-5. During the Colonels final game of the week they took on Aurora, and although Centre played very well they were unable to come away with the win, as they dropped the game 11-4. The Colonels are 1-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Next up for the Colonels will be a conference game against Sewanee on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga.  

Colorado College remained perfect in its season-opening five-game road stretch with victories at Centre and The College of Wooster. Zach Steedman nearly pitched a shutout as the Tigers defeated Centre, 21-1. The freshman goalie steered aside five shots and didn’t allow a goal until the Colonels scored with just 3:57 remaining in the game. Moses Taylor scored three goals and tied his career highs with nine points and six assists. Travis Voges and Carson Christman paced CC with four goals apiece, while Steve Rijo also found the net three times. Steedman made a season-high 13 saves to help Colorado College post its third victory in six days with a 10-4 triumph at The College of Wooster. Steedman got a great deal of support from the senior defender Zach Hoisington and the Tiger defense, which held its third consecutive opponent to five goals or less. Hoisington caused three turnovers and grabbed three ground balls to help Steedman and Colorado College lower its goals-against average 6.48. James Mauk and Taylor paced the Tiger attack with three goals and an assist. Charles Curtis struck for two scores and set up another, while Christman recorded a game-high three assists. CC seized control of the contest by scoring five consecutive goals midway through the first half. The Tigers conclude their seven-game road swing against Millsaps and Southwestern on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Jackson, Miss. 

Hendrix junior Ben Nelson scored a season-high five goals and five assists, while the Warriors held Millsaps College scoreless in the first half to earn a 19-1 victory on Friday afternoon at Warrior Field. Hendrix (4-4, 2-1 SCAC) dominated from the start and never looked back as the Warriors took a 9-0 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Sophomore David Davis, Jr. led Hendrix with three goals in the first half, while Nelson picked up three of his assists in the first two quarters. Senior Clayton Cersonsky and junior Sam Brisson both sent two shots past the keeper in the last 15 minutes to reach the final mark.

Millsaps lost a pair of games the week of March 21-27 to fall to 0-8 and 0-3 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Majors wound up on the wrong end of a 19-1 decision at Oglethorpe before falling 19-2 to Fontbonne in non-conference action. Millsaps returns to action looking for the program’s first-ever win on April 1 and 3 when the Majors host Colorado College and Southwestern, respectively.

Oglethorpe lost its only game of the week at Birmingham-Southern, 20-2. The Panthers immediately established their dominance in this contest, scoring nine unanswered goals in the first quarter to remove any doubt. BSC led 12-0 at halftime and held a 14-0 advantage before Oglethorpe finally cracked the scoreboard with a Garret LeBlanc assisted strike from Maseo Brown with a minute remaining in the third. Brown added an unassisted goal in the fourth to account for all of the Petrel scoring on the afternoon. The Panthers held distinct advantages in the major statistical categories, including outshooting the Petrels 73-19, winning 26 more ground ball opportunities and forcing the Petrels into 46 turnovers versus only 35 for the Panthers. At 2-4 on the season, Oglethorpe is back in action at home on Salamone Field versus Sewanee on April 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Sewanee dropped its only decision of the week, falling 18-8 to visiting Ohio Wesleyan. After an hour and a half lightning delay, the Battling Bishops found the net early and often, taking a 10-1 lead into halftime. The Tigers used a five-goal outburst late in the second half to close the game on the Bishops, but eventually fell 18-8. Carson Pfiefer, Jack Thomasson, and Davis Brown each chipped in two goals for Sewanee, while Spencer Graves and Brown each grabbed three ground balls. Sewanee falls to 2-6 overall and sits at 1-1 in the SCAC. The Tigers will take on the Stormy Petrels of Oglethorpe on April 1 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.   

Southwestern had a much needed off week from action and remain at 4-6 on the season, 1-1 in the SCAC. They return to action this weekend, facing Colorado College in a neutral-site contest (Jackson, Miss.) on Saturday before taking on the Majors at Millsaps on Sunday.

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