Men’s Lacrosse Survives Upset Attempt in SAA First Round, Advances to Semifinals

Men’s Lacrosse Survives Upset Attempt in SAA First Round, Advances to Semifinals

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee men's lacrosse team, for the second straight game against Birmingham-Southern, needed overtime to secure the victory over the Panthers, 13-12, Saturday afternoon in a first round play-in game from historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (10-6) 13, Birmingham-Southern (7-9) 12 (OT)
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Birmingham-Southern, after the home team led 2-1 with 11:16 left in the opening quarter, scored four straight goals to lead 4-2 after 15 minutes of play.

-After the visitors made it a 5-2 affair with 12:08 to go in the opening half, the Tigers scored seven straight goals in eight minutes to reclaim the lead with 3:28 left in the half. Daniel Burnum led the Tigers with two goals in the quarter.

-Despite the Panthers adding a goal with 1:02 left in the period, the Tigers led 9-6 at the break.

-Sewanee hit double digits with 12:52 left in the third with a Henry Burns goal from Thomas Lynde. After four straight goals by BSC, while holding Sewanee to just eight shots in the period, tied the score at 10 goals each after three quarters of play.

-The home team, after BSC scored with 10:25 left to lead 11-10, scored two straight goals to reclaim the lead, 12-11, with less than seven minutes to go.

-The contest would be squared at 12 goals with 32 seconds left in regulation thanks to a Peyton Taylor goal. That goal forced the contest into overtime for the second straight game in the series and for the third time in 2019 for Sewanee.

-BSC took the opening face off, one of just four wins out of 29 attempts, and the Panthers took three straight goals, with two saves from Bryce Womack.

-With a little over 90 seconds left in the first overtime period, Sewanee had its first possession in the extra period, but it was short-lived thanks to a turnover on a failed clear attempt.

-After a blocked shot with 29 seconds left, the Tigers sprinted down the field, looking to end the contest. Thomas Lynde did just that with a game-winning shot from Henry Burns to advance Sewanee into the semifinals for the seventh straight season.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Daniel Burnum led Sewanee with three goals and added an assist to finish with four points. On the defensive side, he scooped up three ground balls and forced two turnovers.

-Will Pratt also added four points on two goals and assists each.

-Bryce Womack (6-4) saved nine shots for Sewanee, including five in the final period and overtime.

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN KEY STATISTICS
-Peyton Taylor scored five goals and added an assist for BSC, while Carter Watkins scored three times.

-Matt Quill (4-9) saved 24 shots in 63:41 between the pipes.

UP NEXT
The Tigers advance to the semifinals to square off with the Lynx of Rhodes College, the SAA Regular Season Champions and the top-seed in the tournament in Memphis on Friday at 4 p.m.

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