March 30, 2012

Centre holds off Sewanee for 10-9 victory

The Centre men's lacrosse team fought off a late comeback attempt to hold on for a 10-9 win over Sewanee in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game Friday night at Farris Stadium.

The Colonels never trailed in the game, but Sewanee remained within striking distance throughout. After the Tigers had scored three times in two minutes to cut the margin to one, Centre was finally able to put them away by keeping them off the scoreboard for the final 1:59 of play.

Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.) led the Colonels with four goals and two assists on the evening while Sam Rush (Cornelius, N.C.) added a pair of goals. Peter Murphy (Louisville, Ky.) had a team-high three assists while also finding the net once.

Connors and Murphy scored the first two goals of the game to put Centre in front to stay, and the Colonels would go on to finish the first quarter with a 4-2 lead after Connors scored again with 0.1 second remaining on the clock.

The teams played even through the second quarter and went to the half with Centre leading 6-4 before the Colonels began to pull away. Two more third quarter goals by Connors helped Centre reach its biggest lead at 8-4. Though Sewanee scored twice to cut the margin back to 8-6, an own goal by the Tigers and a Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.) goal pushed the Colonels' lead back out to four at 10-6.

Centre held onto that lead until the 4:09 mark in the game when Sewanee's Drew Lincoln scored, followed by two goals by Davis Brown, who led the team with four. Though those scores cut Centre's lead to one, the Colonels were able to hold on for the victory.

Also scoring goals for Centre were Scott Hughes (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Wesley Hardman (Narragansett, R.I.) while goalie Clayton Brown (Louisville, Ky.) made 17 saves in the victory.

The Colonels won the game despite being outshot 45-29 with Sewanee winning 13 of the 20 face offs. 

The victory improves Centre's record to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in SCAC play, which puts the Colonels in a second place tie with Birmingham Southern and Southwestern. Sewanee falls to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

The Colonels return to the road next weekend when they travel to Rhodes on Friday and Millsaps on Sunday.

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