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GEORGETOWN, TX – After a lopsided victory over Hendrix to open their trip, the Whittier College Men's Lacrosse team suffered their first loss falling 10-7 to Birmingham Southern.
BSC struck first at the 8:04 mark but saw that lead quickly dissolve as Nate Heritage (Bellingham, WA) and Billy Shaffer (Tuscon, AZ) would go back-to-back to put WC on top 2-1 after the first quarter of play.
Freshman Conner Dee (Collegeville, PA) got the scoring started in the second moving the score to 3-1. But quickly after BSC would rattle off three unanswered, which included two coming on man-up opportunities that swung the momentum putting the Panthers up 4-3.
Shaffer was fed by Conner Sexton (San Jose, Calif.) with 8:03 to play in the half that broke the run deadlocking the game and Kevin O'Donnell (Carlsbad, Calif.) responded shortly after going coast to coast with an unassisted goal that again tied things up a minute and a half later. But over the final 2:18 it was all BSC as they would go on a 3-0 spurt, which included a last second connection, which moved the score to 8-5 at the break.
In the third, the defensive units stood strong with a mere two goals being scored. Sexton pulled WC within two getting fed by Jordan Craig (Sherwood, OR) but the Panthers would strike with their lone goal of the period with 4:14 to play that kept the margin at three.
Sexton found the back of the goal again in the fourth making it a two-point game, this time getting fed by Ryan Marchand (San Diego, Calif.) but this would be the last offense generated by the purple & Gold as BSC would add insurance with 4:12 to play as they would hold on for the three goal victory.
Sexton finished with two goals and two assists along with picking up three groundballs. Shaffer added two goals with two groundballs and Dee added a goal and an assist with a pair of groundballs and a caused turnover.
Defensively, O'Donnell had a stellar game picking up a career high 11 groundballs, while adding a goal and forcing a turnover. He was also on faceoffs going 12-20, which included a perfect 4-4 in the first quarter.
Alex Cramer (Rocky Hill, CT) suffered the loss playing 59:00 but picked up a season high 18 saves against 28 shots.
Whittier outshot BSC 52-38 was 24-27 on clear attempts and picked up 46 groundballs.