By Chuck Tidmore
Sports Information Assistant
FERRUM, Va. – Austen Saucier and Kendrick Ballard each scored four goals to lead the Huntingdon men's lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over Ferrum College in Monday's Southeast Independent Lacrosse Championship game.
The Hawks (8-6, 1-0 SEILC) pushed their win streak to three games and took down the Panthers (4-7, 1-1 SEILC) for the first time in program history. Ferrum has taken the last two meetings in overtime.
The Hawks started off slow as the Panthers took an early 3-0 lead after the first quarter. Huntingdon answered back with four goals in the first 3:51 of the second quarter.
Saucier tied the game 3-3 with 11:45 remaining in the first half before Ballard scored 36 seconds later to put the Hawks ahead 4-3. Ferrum scored with just over two minutes left in the first half to tie the game 4-4 before halftime.
Huntingdon outscored Ferrum 3-1 in the third quarter to pull ahead 7-5. Saucier scored the quarter's first and last goal while Ballard added one goal.
Ferrum pulled within one score midway through the fourth quarter before Saucier scored with just under six minutes left. Ballard closed the Hawks' scoring with 2:47 remaining in the game.
The Panthers answered back with a pair of goals at the 1:19 mark and with 27 seconds left to play to cut the lead to 9-8, but Hitt won the ensuing faceoff to secure the win.
Sophomore goalie Matt Murphy finished with 13 saves, five ground balls and eight goals allowed. Hitt went 13-for-21 at the faceoff x and scooped up six ground balls.
The Hawks close out their Spring Break trip on Saturday as they take on Methodist in SEILC play. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m.