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Gray, Poplin lead Colonels to 10-1 victory over Transylvania

Gray, Poplin lead Colonels to 10-1 victory over Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Centre men's lacrosse team defeated in-state rival Transylvania, 10-1, on Tuesday afternoon, taking an early first quarter lead and playing stellar team defense for sixty minutes.  

With the win, the Colonels improve 5-6 on the season, while the host Pioneers fall to 5-6. 

The Colonels got on the board early and often, taking a 4-0 lead into the second quarter. Chase Poplin (Greenville, S.C.) scored back-to-back goals to begin the affair, giving Centre a comfortable 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the frame. 

Junior Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) joined the early scoring parade just seconds later, finding the back of the net off of an assist from freshman Padraic Dermody (Louisville, Ky.). Sophomore Vincent Pisacano (Lexington, Ky.) also got into the scoring column with seconds remaining in the quarter, his second goal of the year. 

Neither team managed much offense in the second quarter as the Colonels extended their lead to 6-1. Gray netted his second goal of the contest off of an assist Poplin with only four minutes remaining in the half. 

Nick Bailey answered two minutes later, cutting the Centre lead to five. 

With only fourteen seconds remaining the quarter, Gray found the back of the net for a third time - marking his first hat trick of the season. Dermody tallied his second assist on the play. 

The Colonels did not let up in the third, extending their lead to 9-1. Poplin recorded his third goal of the contest in the period, good for the first hat trick of his collegiate career.

Freshman Jack Shannon (Palisades, N.Y.) added back-to-back goals five minutes later. 

Centre continued to play stellar defense in the final quarter of play, adding one more goal to its lead and shutting out Transylvania. Freshman Anthony DiMichele (Cincinnati, Ohio) added Centre's lone goal of the quarter off of an assist from fellow freshman Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.).

Gray and Poplin led the Colonels with three goals apiece in the win. 

Senior Sam Long (Cincinnati. Ohio) also had a magnificent night in net, recording eleven saves on twelve shots on goal. 

The Colonels will return to action this Friday at home against Hendrix for a 7 p.m. ET start.