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@CentreMensLax Loses to Berry in SAA Home Matchup

@CentreMensLax Loses to Berry in SAA Home Matchup

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's lacrosse team went cold midway through the second quarter of their Southern Athletic Association home opener against Berry and that cold spell proved costly as the Colonels fell to the Vikings by a score of 16-8.

Berry got off to a hot start in the first quarter, taking a 4-0 lead seven minutes in thanks to a pair of goals by Andrew Elgin. Centre responded to cut the deficit in half. Freshman Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) scored off an assist from senior Austin Zehnder, and then 90 seconds later, sophomore Graeme Warner (Kent, Ohio) found sophomore Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) for the second goal of the game. Berry's Quentin Johnson scored the final goal of the period to give Berry a 5-2 lead.

Centre played well in the early stages of the second period. Senior Mason Paas (Louisville, Ky.) scored on an unassisted effort, followed by the first of two connections between Graeme Warner and senior Bryant Portwood (Charlotte, N.C.), whose scoring effort cut the Vikings' lead to 5-4. However the Vikings would storm back to score the final three goals of the half, with two coming from leading scorer Chris Berchock.

The Vikings controlled the third period, outscoring the Colonels 3-0 and outshooting them 13-4. Junior Sam Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) did his best against the onslaught, finishing with a career high 22 saves, with six apiece in the second and third periods.

The Colonels' offense returned to form in the fourth period as Centre scored four goals, with Portwood notching three of them. Leland Gray had a man-up goal and assisted on one of Portwood's scoring efforts, but the Colonels could not get over the hump as the Vikings had an answer for every Centre rally.

Portwood's four goals were a game high, as were Warner's three assists.

In addition to 22 saves, Sam Long was credited with a team high four ground balls.

The Colonels will be back in action on Mar. 31 as the Millsaps Majors come to Danville for another SAA home contest.