GEORGETOWN, Texas – After a cautious first half that found Southwestern trailing by three, the Pirates regrouped to score seven second half goals to defeat Berry College 10-7 on Sunday afternoon. The win improves SU to 3-4 on the year while Berry falls to 1-4.
Southwestern's Tyler Downing started the Pirates off strong with an unassisted goal four minutes into the game, but the Vikings turned up the heat and scored three goals in the period, closing out the first quarter up 3-1.
Another BC goal in the first 30 seconds of the second quarter put Southwestern down by three, 4-1, but the Pirates were able to make up some ground before the break, scoring two goals to cut the deficit to one, 4-3, at halftime.
SU dominated the third quarter and scored two goals to open the period and then scored two more within seconds of each other to take a two goal lead, 7-5, with three minutes to play in the third. Berry scored just before the end of the period and then evened the count 7-7 with 11 minutes to go in the game.
Southwestern capitalized off Berry's turnover and transitioned fast, attacking BU's defense and before they had time to regroup SU's Carter Cowan had gone the length of the field to score the go-ahead goal. Just over a minute later Luther Faulk (pictured) forced a turnover, stealing a Viking pass out of the air and found Jamie Long to convert the turnover into some extra breathing room for the Pirates with just under two minutes to play.
Alex Michael added an empty net goal, assisted by Tyler Downing, as the icing on the cake for a 10-7 win.
Edward Williams tallied three goals on the day while Faulk had three assists to lead the way for Southwestern. Michael, Cowan and Long all had two goals each for the Pirates. Bryan Byers led the Vikings with three goals.
SU led in shots (41-27) while groundballs were nearly even with Berry taking a slight 35-32 advantage.
The Pirates remain at home to face nationally-ranked RPI on Tuesday beginning at 3:00 pm.