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Colonels Fall to Local Rival Transylvania 11-6

Colonels Fall to Local Rival Transylvania 11-6

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) - The Centre men's lacrosse team dropped an 11-6 decision to visiting local rival Transylvania on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup at the South Campus Field. The contest was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday night, but some inclement weather forced the game to be postponed 24 hours later. 

The Colonels move to 4-6 on the season, while the Pioneers improve to 6-3 with the victory. 

Transylvania scored the first three goals of the game, before sophomore attackman Graeme Warner (Kent, Ohio) found classmate Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) for a goal with just under eight minutes showing on the first quarter clock to shrink the Pioneers' lead to 3-1. 

Transylvania answered with two straight goals to gain a 5-1 edge, when Gray closed the quarter with his second score of the night again off the feed by Warner to cut the deficit to 5-2 late in the period. 

In the second stanza, Gray completed the hat trick with a goal at the 5:01 mark to minimize the Pioneers' advantage to 5-3.

Transylvania would take that two-goal edge into the break, before scoring six straight goals to open the second half, pulling away to an 11-3 lead. 

The Colonels closed the game with three consecutive goals, including a pair by senior midfielder Bryant Portwood (Charlotte, N.C.) to cut the final margin to 11-6. 

Portwood found junior attackman Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.) for the first goal with 7:34 to play, followed by a man-up goal by Portwood off the assist by freshman attackman Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) and another Portwood goal off the dish by senior midfielder Lorenzo Powell (Newcastle, Wash.) with just under two minutes remaining. 

Junior goaltender Sam Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) made 12 saves in the contest, while freshman keeper Connor Jongenwaard (Palos Verdes, Calif.) recorded a pair of stops. 

The Pioneers finished with a 42-30 shooting edge, while the Colonels held a 25-22 advantage in ground balls. 

Centre closes the home portion of the 2017 schedule on Saturday morning hosting Oglethorpe in a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) matchup at 11am ET at Farris Stadium.