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Bell, Colonels fill up the net in 8-2 rout over Hendrix

Bell, Colonels fill up the net in 8-2 rout over Hendrix

DANVILLE, Ky. – Senior Brooklyn Bell scored a career-high four goals as Centre field hockey dominated Southern Athletic Association foe Hendrix, 8-2, in rainy conditions at South Turf Sunday.

The Colonels (9-3, 3-1 SAA) overwhelmed the visiting Warriors (3-5, 0-2) from start to finish, recording their season-high eight goals on 35 total shots. It marked the highest goal total since last year's 11-0 victory against Lindenwood-Belleville (10/1/16).

Bell, a Louisville, Ky. native, put Centre on the board less than five minutes after the opening whistle, finishing off an entry pass from sophomore Caroline Brotzge (Louisville, Ky.).

Hendrix would answer just 90 seconds later, as Holly Heeb broke away for an unassisted score that briefly leveled the game at 1-1.

Another 90 seconds ticked off the clock before Bell redirected another Brotzge pass, scoring her second goal of the contest to give Centre a lead it would not relinquish.

Bell's hat trick came in the 14th minute, when she scored off of an assist from classmate Hayley Barker (Louisville, Ky.). The goal marked Bell's first hat trick of the season and second of her collegiate career.

Just before the half Centre senior Mary Andrews (St. Louis, Mo.) scored her first goal of the season on a penalty stroke, making it 4-1 at the half.

Barker opened the second-half scoring just 41 seconds in, rocketing in her team-leading 12th goal of the campaign.

Just a minute later, Bell tallied her personal-best fourth goal off of an assist by junior Emily Schank (Louisville, Ky.).

Hendrix would convert one more goal in the second period, but two late goals from the Colonels wrapped up the rout.

Sophomore Savannah Elpers (Louisville, Ky.) scored in a scrum around the goal, getting an assist from classmate Demi Kennedy (Camp Hill, Pa.).

Freshman Kara Tipton (Phillipsburg, N.J.) followed with her first collegiate goal in the 65th minute.

Centre racked up 16 penalty corners to Hendrix's one, and held the Warriors to only six total shots.

Sophomore Kristen Mulcahy (Cedarburg, Wis.) finished with two saves for the Colonels.

Centre hits the road next weekend for a pair of nonconference contests, beginning Friday at No. 10 Christopher Newport at 4 p.m. ET.