Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 7) - Around The SCAC

Men's Lacrosse Recap (Week 7) - Around The SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - Colorado College, Sewanee, and Birmingham-Southern have all earned trips to the inaugural Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference men's lacrosse tournament. One spot remains with one week left in the conference schedule, as Hendrix currently leads Southwestern by a half game for the final tournament spot.


Birmingham-Southern split this week on the road in two conference games, defeating Southwestern, 20-5, but falling to undefeated Colorado College, 9-5. Junior Jacob McPherson and sophomore Matt Ivie led against Southwestern with four goals each; against Colorado College, McPherson and junior D.J. Ward had two goals apiece. BSC wraps up the regular season this weekend with two road games, taking on Sewanee, Friday, and Centre, Sunday.
Centre competed in two road conference games this week. The Colonels traveled to Jackson, Miss. to take on Millsaps on Friday, April 8 and Centre was able to knock off the Majors 21-3. On Sunday, April 10 Centre took on Hendrix. The Colonels tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the run came too late, as Centre fell 14-9. Centre is 3-8 on the season and 2-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Next up for the Colonels will be the team’s final regular season conference game of their inaugural season against Birmingham-Southern on Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in Danville, Ky.  

Colorado College clinched at least a share of the regular-season title and the top seed in the conference tournament with victories against Oglethorpe and Birmingham-Southern last weekend. In the 28-0 win against the Stormy Petrels, Zach Steedman and Jeff Moore combined for CC's first shutout since last season's 27-0 victory over Southwestern. Steedman stopped three shots during 36:42 between the pipes and saw his season goals-against average drop to 3.93. Moore, who made his collegiate debut, steered aside the only shot he faced. Carson Christman scored four goals and set personal single-game highs with seven assists and 11 points, all in the first half, as the Tigers eclipsed the 20-goal mark for the fourth game in a row. In a game that many thought would be an offensive shootout, the Tigers relied on their defense to record a 9-5 victory over BSC. The Panthers, who had averaged 17.38 goals per game during their first 11 games, became the seventh consecutive opponent that Colorado College held to five goals or less. The Tigers, who improved to 9-0 for the first time in program history, play their only game of the week against Hendrix on Friday night. 

Hendrix went 1-1 on the week after a tough loss against Sewanee on Senior Night Friday and then an overpowering win against Centre College on Sunday. The Warriors now stand at 5-5 overall and 3-2 in SCAC play, with a 0.5 game lead over Southwestern (3-3) and a 1.5 game lead over Centre (2-4) in the SCAC standings. Hendrix needs to win just one of its last two games to clinch a spot in the SCAC Tournament.  Sewanee opened Friday night’s game with seven unanswered goals and never looked back as the Tigers outlasted Hendrix 10-6 at Warrior Field. The Warriors narrowed their deficit on a pair of goals inside the last five minutes of the third quarter from junior Ben Nelson.  Hendrix scored six goals in the second quarter to pull away from Centre.  The Warriors owned a 7-3 advantage at the break and then netted four unanswered goals out of the locker room to own an 11-5 advantage after the third quarter.  Centre outscored Hendrix 4-3 in the last 15 minutes to reach the final mark.  Both teams combined for 18 penalties (11-Centre, 7-Hendrix) in a physical conference match-up.

Millsaps closed out the regular season last week with a pair of losses at home. Centre took a 21-3 victory from the Majors on Friday night before Sewanee closed out the season on Sunday afternoon with a 26-2 win at Harper Davis Field. The Majors may have been outgunned, but the scoring that they did get was spread across the roster. Hunter Stevison, Ryan McKay, Brandon Allison, and Taylor Weaver each had goals in the two games, but only Weaver had more than one, scoring both goals against the Tigers.

Oglethorpe lost at Colorado College (L, 28-0) and at Southwestern (L, 23-3) this past weekend. On Friday, the Tigers sprinted to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to the easy win. The landslide win for CC marked the fourth time this season they've topped an SCAC opponent by 20 or more goals. On Sunday, the Petrels trailed 5-3 following an Arness Holsey strike early in the second quarter but the Pirates tallied the final 18 goals of the contest to earn the lopsided win.  Southwestern netted the next three strikes before Holsey notched what would be Oglethorpe's final tally to make the score 5-3 with 14:38 to play in the second. The Pirates also claimed 50 of the 81 ground ball chances while Oglethorpe's goalie John Brewer made 21 saves while allowing the 23 goals. Oglethorpe is now 2-9 on the season and will return home for their final two contests of 2011. First up is the University of Dallas this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on Salamone Field.
Sewanee extended their win streak to four as they took down SCAC opponents Hendrix and Millsaps on a weekend road swing. The Tigers edged out Hendrix, 10-6, on Friday, before toppling Millsaps, 26-2, on Sunday. Against Hendrix, Sewanee jumped out to a 7-1 halftime on their way to the win. Michael Morris, Davis Brown, and Jack Thomasson all scored two goals for the Tigers, while Thomas Moore grabbed six groundballs and Tommy Healy collected 11 saves in 60 minutes of play. Sewanee faced Millsaps on Sunday and 13 different Tigers found the back of the net in a 26-2 rout of the Majors. Thomasson led the attack with five goals, while Thomas Moore netted three goals and two assists, as Sewanee out-shot the Majors 71-13. Healy didn’t allow a goal in 30 minutes of play as the Tigers picked up 55 groundballs on the day. With the win, Sewanee evens their overall record at 6-6 and sits at 5-1 in the SCAC. They will play host to Birmingham-Southern at 7 p.m. Friday evening.   

Southwestern split conference games this week to move to 6-8 on the year and 3-3 in the SCAC, just half a game behind Hendrix for the final spot in the first ever Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Friday afternoon the Pirates hosted Birmingham-Southern. It was not only the weather that was hot but also the Panthers as they piled on the goals early, scoring on their first four shots en route to a 20-5 win. SU rebounded well, however, and scored early and often on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates defeated the Stormy Petrels 23-3 with a steady offensive attack led by Jamie Long's SU record six goals while adding on five assists in the win. The Pirates face Hendrix in what seems to be the decisive game for the fourth spot in the conference on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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