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@CentreMensLax Drops Triple Overtime Decision at Randolph
Face Offs Won
LYNCHBURG, Va. (CentreColonels.com) – In the longest game in program history, the Centre men's lacrosse team and the Randolph WildCats battled through two overtime periods, but ultimately it would be Randolph who handed the Colonels a heartbreaking 10-9 defeat in the third overtime.
Randolph opened the scoring on a Jacob Galenski goal just eight seconds into the game but the Colonels came back with two of their own, courtesy of sophomore Graeme Warner (Kent, Ohio) and senior Lorenzo Powell (Newcastle, Washington). Warner's second goal of the game capped off the scoring in the opening period with Centre leading 3-2.
Senior Bryant Portwood (Charlotte, N.C.) put Centre up 4-2 with an early goal in the second period, but the Cats controlled the rest of the quarter, outscoring Centre 3-0 the rest of the way and taking a 5-4 lead into the halftime intermission.
Warner put home his third and final goal of the game off the assist by freshman Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) to tie the score at 5-5, but Randolph's Graham Southwick broke the tie with just 48 seconds left in the quarter to put Centre behind once again heading into the final period.
The Colonels began the fourth quarter with a vicious rally, scoring four goals in four minutes. Portwood scored twice in the run to tie Warner for the team high, while freshman John Morrison (Franklin, Tenn.) scored a pair of goals and assisted on one of Portwood's scoring efforts to help put Centre up 9-6. The WildCats mounted a rally of their own and Ryan Campbell's goal in the final minute tied the score at 9-9 and sent the game into overtime.
The first overtime belonged to the goalkeepers. The Colonels' best chance at the golden goal came on an attempt by senior Austin Zehnder (Prospect, Ky.) but Randolph keeper Matt Lindenbaum made the save. On the other side, junior Sam Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) saved all three shots that headed his way in the first extra session. Neither team managed a shot on goal in the second overtime before Scott Wilkinson scored the final goal of the contest in the opening minute of the third overtime to give Randolph the win.
Portwood and Warner led Centre with three goals each. Morrison added two goals and an assist while Nayan led the Colonels with two assists.
Sam Long finished with 14 saves, with half of them coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Colonels will return home for a conference matchup as they will welcome the Berry Vikings to Farris Stadium on Saturday.