MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - Fighting the rain and lightning, as well as the hostility of Berry's Valhalla Stadium, the Sewanee men's lacrosse team used a 7-3 fourth quarter to advance to its sixth consecutive Southern Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship match with a 14-12 victory over Berry Sunday afternoon.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (10-6) 14, Berry (12-4) 12
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Vikings sprinted out to a 4-0 lead by the 4:49 mark of the first quarter. Jason Wilhelm scored the first two goals for the home team. The rest of the quarter belonged to Sewanee, scoring three goals, two by Henry Burns, to make it 4-3 after one quarter of play.
-The Tigers shut down the Vikings offense in the second period, scored three goals while allowing just one. Cal Pearce evened the score at the 9:56 mark before Hayden Hunt gave the Purple and Gold their first lead of the day.
-After a Berry goal to even the score at five apiece, at the 4:15 mark, Burns gave the advantage back to the visitors with a 6-5 lead. The lead would hold going into halftime.
-Berry returned the favor in the the third quarter by shutting down Sewanee's offense with a 5-1 quarter to make it a 9-7 advantage for the home team going into the final 15 minutes.
-The offense for Sewanee came to life again in the fourth quarter, thanks to three goals by Hunt, who gave the Tiger the 10-9 advantage for good with 11:31 left in regulation.
-Sewanee held Berry to 11 shots, three faceoff wins and five groundballs.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Hayden Hunt tied his career-high in goals with five. He also netted five on March 27, 2016 at Birmingham-Southern. The junior also tallied two assists.
-Henry Burns matched his career-best five-goal performance against Hendrix on Friday with five more goals on Sunday. He also added two assists.
-Cal Pearce forced two turnovers for Sewanee.
-Ryan Stubits won 22-of-30 faceoffs, and he scooped up 19 grounders.
-Bryce Womack (6-4) saved 13 shots as he earned the win in the cage.
BERRY KEY STATISTICS
-Chris Berchock recorded a hat trick for Berry.
-Riley Brogdon (6-3) saved nine shots in 50:30 for the Vikings.
With the win on Sunday, the Tigers will advance to their sixth straight SAA Tournament Championship match. Sewanee will take on top-seed Rhodes in Memphis Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m.