Big Third Quarter Lifts Men's Lacrosse Past Birmingham Southern

The Pride men's lacrosse team (2-4 overall) outscored Birmingham Southern (2-3 overall) 4-0 in the third quarter to pull away for a 10-5 victory on Saturday afternoon.  The game was played at a neutral location in Atlanta, GA.

The Panthers got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first five minutes.  Greensboro rallied to tie the game at 2-2 following goals by Scott Showalter and Alexander Vander Hoff.  Birmingham Southern briefly retook the lead at 3-2 before Justin Pearson knotted the game at 3-3 with 7:43 remaining in the first half.  

After heading into the break tied at 3-3, The Pride broke the game open with four goals in a 3:50 span in the third quarter.  Thomas Brooks hooked up with Showalter to give Greensboro its first lead of the day at 4-3 at the 9:43 mark.  Blaine Wise, Vander Hoff and Ryan Kissner also contributed to run, giving The Pride a 7-3 advantage with 5:55 left in the period.

Greensboro carried the momentum over to the final frame as Maxx Aiken pushed the lead to 8-3 just 1:45 in.  The teams would trade goals for the remainder of the way, with Vander Hoff adding two more scores for The Pride down stretch.

Greensboro was out shot 44-33 but held a 22-16 advantage in shots on goal.  The Pride won 12 of the 19 faceoff attempts and converted 20 of 28 clears.  Defensively, Greensboro forced 21 turnovers for the game.

Vander Hoff led all scorers with four total goals.  Five different players contributed an assist in the victory.  Tyler Blevins finished the day with a team best five ground balls, while Tracey Armstrong forced five turnovers for the defense.  Gianni Gonzalez won 10 of 14 faceoff attempts.

Next up for The Pride is a home date with Sewanee on Friday.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Pride Field.