Two Conference Titles | Two NCAA Tournament Appearances
Colonels ride big 1st quarter to 11-7 win at Hendrix
Face Offs Won
The Centre men's lacrosse team won its seventh game in a row and improved to 5-1 in SAA play with an 11-7 victory against the Hendrix Warriors in Conway, Ark. A six-goal opening quarter played a huge role in the win.
Sam Rush (Cornelius, N.C.) led the Colonels with four goals. Seth Gray (Louisville, Ky.) scored three goals while Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.) scored twice. Mason Paas (Louisville, Ky.) and Matt Hughes (Vero Beach, Fla.) each scored one goal for Centre and Hughes led the team with three assists. Robert Anthony (Louisville, Ky.), Austin Zehnder (Prospect, Ky.), Connor Thuss (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Seth Gray all recorded one assist in the contest. Bryce McCoy stopped 17 shots for the Colonels in goal. Centre held a 40-30 advantage over Hendrix in ground balls and forced the Warriors into 21 turnovers.
In an extremely fast-paced first quarter, the goals came early and often for the Colonels. Mason Paas and Matt Hughes scored goals in the opening five minutes of the quarter and Sam Rush scored two of his four goals in the opening quarter as Centre jumped out to a 6-3 lead.
Seth Gray and Sam Rush scored goals less than 30 seconds apart in the second period, and then Rush scored his final goal of the game to answer a Hendrix goal as the two teams headed into halftime with Centre leading by a score of 9-4.
The Colonels would score their final two goals of the game early into the third quarter as Seth Gray and Dominic Peluso each got on the board and Centre took an 11-4 lead. Hendrix would put a pair of goals on the board at the end of the quarter and one more in the fourth quarter, but McCoy owned the rest of the period, picking up five big saves in the fourth as the Centre defense controlled the ball for most of the final five minutes.
With the win, Centre moved into a three-way share of the regular season SAA championship with Sewanee and Berry. Sewanee wins the tiebreaker by having the fewest goals allowed in conference play, and will host the semifinals and finals of the SAA Tournament. Centre receives the No. 2 seed and a first round bye due to a head-to-head win over Berry. The Colonels will face the winner of Berry and Hendrix in a semifinal game on April 24 at Sewanee.