ROME, Ga. — The Berry College men's lacrosse team handed visiting Carthage College their first loss of the year on Thursday, winning a back-and-forth battle 13-12. The Vikings improved to 5-2 on the year, courtesy of a Jason Wilhelm goal with under two minutes to play.
Berry found themselves behind early after a quick pair of goals from Carthage, but McKinley Gannon and Luke Koferl found the back of the cage in the opening period to trail just 4-3. The Vikings then outscored Carthage 4-1 in the second quarter, holding a 7-5 advantage at the half.
Chris Berchock opened the second half scoring, but Carthage was able to score three straight to tie the game at eight apiece. Berchock, Hudson Harris, Justin Westbrook and Bailey Martin would score in the third, giving Berry a 12-8 advantage heading into the final period.
Carthage staged a strong comeback, scoring four straight to tie the game with just over five minutes to play. Wilhem's goal put Berry up, but the Vikings would need another defensive stand to seal the victory. The Red Men were able to fire four shots late in the game, but the final one was snagged by Kevin Murphy with just three seconds remaining to secure the win.
- McKinley Gannon: 4 G, 2 A, 8 SH,
- Chris Berchock: 2 G, 1 A, 5 GB
- Jason Wilhelm: 2 G, 4 SH
- Hudson Harris: 1 G, 2 A, 2 GB
- Andy Szun: 4 G, 11 SH
- Luke Seydel: 3 G, 1 A, 4 GB
- Brody Ilstrup: 2 G, 2 A, 15 SH
- Colin Poitras: 2 G, 1 A
- Berry overcame a dominating Carthage faceoff attack, as the Vikings were just 8-for-28 on faceoffs.
- The Vikings will host Concordia (WI) on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.