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Men's lacrosse falls to Berry in SAA semifinal

Men's lacrosse falls to Berry in SAA semifinal

The Centre men's lacrosse team saw its nine-game winning streak snapped in a 12-10 loss to Berry in a Southern Athletic Association semifinal game Friday in Sewanee, Tenn.

Seven Colonels scored in the game, with Matt Hughes (Vero Beach, Fla.), Sam Rush (Cornelius, N.C.), and Seth Gray (Louisville, Ky.) each scoring twice to tie for the team lead. Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Austin Zehnder (Prospect, Ky.), Lorenzo Powell (Newcastle, Wash.), and Dustin Cowell (Culver, Ind.) all scored single goals for Centre. Gray also tallied a game-high three assists, while Jake Emche and Cory Hall each had three goals to lead Sewanee. 

Centre had strung together nine straight victories since a March 14 loss, which also came at Hardee-McGee Field to Sewanee. That winning streak began with an overtime win over Berry in which the Colonels overcame a 12-10 deficit in the final 1:49 to force overtime.

Centre found itself in the exact same position in Friday's game, but Berry was able to win the faceoff after going up 12-10 with 2:09 to play. The Vikings ran more than a minute off the clock on the possession, and Centre was unable to get a shot off after getting the ball back in the final minute.

It was a game in which the Colonels spent the majority of the night trying to catch up after Berry scored the first four goals. A Rush goal in the final minute made the score 4-1 at the end of the first quarter, and the margin remained three goals at halftime when Hughes scored in the final seconds to make the score 7-4.

Centre controlled the third quarter and evened the score at seven after scoring three times in a stretch of four minutes to open the second half. The Colonels would tie the score three times in the second half, but were never able to take the lead. Berry answered each of the Colonels' goals, including back-to-back goals by Emche and Hall to go in front for good.

The game was evenly matched in the statistical categories, with each team taking 41 shots. Berry held a 26-22 edge in ground balls and a 13-12 advantage in faceoffs, while Centre turned the ball over nine times to the Vikings' 11. Bryce McCoy (Hudson, Ohio) made seven saves in goal for Centre, while Nick Voso had eight stops for Berry.

With the result, Centre falls to 9-5 on the season, while Berry improves to 12-4. The Vikings will face host school Sewanee, an 11-10 overtime winner over Birmingham-Southern in the first semifinal game, in Sunday's championship.