BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A 14-4 final two periods proved to be the deciding factor as Birmingham-Southern College (5-2) defeated men's lacrosse (0-1) by the final score of 21-10 Sunday afternoon in the 2012 season opener for the Beacons.
After an extremely close first half, which saw Birmingham Southern holding just a one-goal lead at the half, the host Panthers took control in the second half as they tacked on four goals in the third and then 10 in the fourth to take the victory.
Having a day for the Beacons was freshman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) who scored four goals while also picking-up one assist. Leo Ajemian (Walpole, Mass.) was second on the team in points as he drove home three goals and also had one assist. Domenic Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) was also a multi-goal scorer as he finished with two in Sunday's contest.
For the Panthers Jacob McPherson scored a game-high six goals, while also assisting on two others. John Sommerall and Erik Klein each had four goals to help fuel the victory.
In the cage, goalies Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) and Henry Bristol combined for 13 saves respectively. Andrew Huffman finished with six saves to earn his fifth win of the year. Delpha also led the Beacons in face-offs as he picked up 10 of the team's 11. Sommerall was strong on the face-off x as he went 19-for-27 overall.
Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.) collected a game-high nine groundballs, with Delpha finishing right behind him with eight. Sommerall tallied a team-leading eight groundballs for the Panthers.
Through the first two periods the two teams battled for control of the scoreboard as they battled back-and-forth. Delpha scored the first goal of the season for the Beacons on an unassisted play in the first three minutes of the contest. UMass would get three more goals and would lead at the end of the first by the score of 4-3.
In the second the Beacons would get two goals, while the Panthers managed four of their own to take a 7-6 lead into the intermission. The third period was when Birmingham Southern started to pull away from UMass as they jumped out to a three goal lead, which would then carry over into the fourth as they outscored 10-3.
Lacrosse returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to their second Alabama opponent in Huntington College. Start time is scheduled for 4 p.m.