Panthers fall to Colorado College in SCAC title game

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Despite a strong defensive effort, with sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Huffman recording 19 saves, the second-seeded Birmingham-Southern men's lacrosse team lost to top-seeded and undefeated Colorado College, 8-6, in Colorado Springs, Sunday.

Both teams scored goals in the second minute of the game, and BSC took the lead at the 11:11 mark on a goal from junior Jacob McPherson. The Panthers held the 2-1 lead for the next 10 minutes before a goal from the Tigers with 55 seconds left in the quarter tied things up again.

Colorado College went up 3-2 with 5:22 left in the second quarter, but BSC then scored three straight in the last four minutes of the half to go up 5-3.

The Tigers came out in the third quarter and also scored three straight to take back the lead, but a goal from senior Ben Schaefer tied it up, 6-6, with 59 seconds left in the third quarter. Colorado College was able to score once more, just seven seconds after BSC's goal, to re-take the lead heading into the fourth quarter.

CC scored only one goal in the fourth quarter while holding the Panthers scoreless.

Sophomore Matt Ivie, who was tied for first in the nation in goals per game heading into the tournament, led with three goals, while Schaefer led with five ground balls. Huffman's 19 saves ties the single-game BSC record.

Colorado College more than doubled BSC's shots, 54-21, and had more ground balls, 35-20. CC also won 13-of-17 face-offs.