Two Conference Titles | Two NCAA Tournament Appearances
@CentreMensLax Shuts down Hanover 11-2
Face Offs Won
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's lacrosse team got off to a 2-0 start for the 2017 season as they hosted the Hanover Panthers at Farris Stadium. A stifling defense lifted the Colonels to a 11-2 victory over the Panthers.
The Colonels got on the board for the first time five minutes into the contest when senior Bryant Portwood (Charlotte, NC.) found sophomore Emerson Prager (Colchester, Vt.) for a goal. Centre dominated possession in the opening period, holding a 14-3 advantage in shots against Hanover. With six minutes remaining, junior Austin Glang (Fayetteville, Ga.) increased the Centre lead to 2-0 and less than a minute later, sophomore Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) converted on an assist from freshman John Morrison (Franklin, Tenn.) to give the Colonels a three-goal lead after one quarter of play.
The run continued into the second period when Glang found senior Lorenzo Powell (Newcastle, Wash.) for a goal to make it 4-0 Centre. Junior Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.) scored his first goal of the game three minutes later and capped off the scoring in the first half with his second goal with a little under five minutes remaining. Freshman Noah Hull (Decatur, Ga.) also scored in the second period for the Colonels and junior Sam Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) saved all three attempts that came his way as the Colonels held a 7-0 lead at the half.
Hanover got on the board first in a low scoring third quarter as Chad Szczublewski gave the Panthers their first scoring effort of the day with 2:29 left in the period. Austin Glang responded with the only other goal of the quarter, scoring with 50 seconds remaining to give the Colonels an 8-1 lead with one period left to play.
Leland Gray scored a pair of goals in the third quarter off assists by Prager and Hull and Bryant Portwood scored on a solo effort as the Colonels built the lead up to 11-1. Brock Warner scored for the Panthers to make it 11-2 and cap off the scoring.
For the game, the Colonels held a 41-23 advantage in shots, including a 24-11 advantage in shots on goal.
Sam Long recorded eight saves in goal for Centre while only surrendering one goal.
Freshman Lucas Mozingo (Chattanooga, Tenn.) won 10-17 faceoffs and is now 32-42 on the season.
Centre picked up 35 ground balls in the game, compared to 20 for Hanover. Senior Mason Paas (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Ross McClellan (Louisville, Ky.) posted a game high six ground balls each while Long and Peluso each added five. McClellan also led the Colonels with four caused turnovers.
The Colonels will take to the road next week for a pair of games in the Chicago area. Centre will face Aurora on Mar. 3 and Augustana on Mar. 5.