SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's lacrosse team enters the 2019 SAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament as the number four seed, and they will play in a first round game on Saturday afternoon versus Birmingham-Southern.
5) Birmingham-Southern (7-8, 2-4) vs. 4) Sewanee (9-6, 4-2) | Saturday, April 20, 12 p.m.
Historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium
All-Time Series: Sewanee leads series, 13-3
2019 Regular Season Meeting: March 31 in Sewanee (Sewanee won, 15-14 in OT)
TOURNEY BREAKDOWN: Rhodes, the regular season champions, and Centre earned the top-two seeds in the tournament. The Lynx earn the right to host the semifinals and championship, set for next Friday, April 26 and Sunday, April 28, respectively.
With a win over Birmingham-Southern on Saturday, Sewanee will play the Lynx in the semifinals on April 26. Centre will await the winner of Berry and Hendrix, who will play in Mount Berry, Ga. on Saturday at noon.
THREE-WAY TIE: Centre, Berry and Sewanee wrapped up the regular season with identical 4-2 records in the Southern Athletic Association.
Centre (26) earned the two-seed after allowing the fewest conference play among the tied teams. Berry captured the third seed with a win over Sewanee on April 6, 16-15.
CONTROL FROM THE FACE OFF: Ryan Stubits will look to continue on a record season and career at the face off for Sewanee as the postseason begins. Currently fifth among active NCAA face off wins with 677, the senior has now set a new school record and SAA record for face offs won in a career.
Currently with 238 face off wins, the Mullica Hill, N.J. native leads the NCAA in the category. He is ranked 21st nationally in percentage with 66.3%.
OFFENSIVE PRATT: Playing midfield for Sewanee in 2019, Will Pratt has been doing more work as an attacker in 2019. The Roswell, Ga. native has career highs in goals (25), assists (14) and points (39) in 15 games this season. Nine of his 25 goals have been on a man-up opportunity for the senior.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Birmingham-Southern concluded the season as the No. 5 seed with a 7-8 record. The team is pretty even with Sewanee, as they average 12.53 goals per game to Sewanee's 12.47. On the defensive side, the Panthers hold a 10.95 goals against average to the Tigers' 10.51.
Leading the Panthers offense is Peyton Taylor, who has 52 points on 44 goals and eight assists. The senior has recorded seven games of four goals or more, including a seven-goal performance against Sewanee in the regular season matchup on March 31.
In the matchup against the Panthers at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium, BSC saw a 9-6 halftime lead slip away in the fourth quarter, where Sewanee scored six of seven goals from the 7:10 mark to 19 seconds left in regulation when Cal Pearce gave the Tigers a short-lived lead.
Nine seconds later, Taylor's seventh goal of the game made it an even score as the team needed four extra minutes to settle things.
The teams almost used the entire period. With 34 seconds left in the overtime period, Hayden Hunt struck the back of the net to win the game for the Purple and Gold.
All-time, Sewanee is 13-3 against BSC in the almost 12 years of the men's lacrosse program. The teams will meet in the postseason for the first time since the 2016 SAA Semifinals, when Sewanee was victorious, 11-4.
The Tigers are 4-1 against the Panthers in postseason games, which includes both the SAA and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), where the Tigers and Panthers were members from 2010-12. Winners of four in a row in tournament games, the teams will meet for the first time in the tournament since the 2016 season.