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Colonels edged by SAA regular season champs on Senior Day

Colonels edged by SAA regular season champs on Senior Day

DANVILLE, Ky. -  The Centre men's lacrosse team fell in a closely-contested affair to Rhodes, 8-7, Sunday on Senior Day at Farris Stadium. 

With the loss the Colonels fall to 6-7 (1-4 SAA) on the year while the Lynx improve to 10-2 (6-0 SAA), securing their second straight undefeated conference slate. Prior to the game, Centre honored the careers of Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.), John Moremen (Louisville, Ky.), Ross McClellan (Louisville, Ky.) and Sam Long (Cincinnati).

The Colonels got out to a hot start against the Lynx as freshman Jack Shannon (Palisades, N.Y.) netted back-to-back goals, giving Centre a 2-0 advantage at the four-minute mark. 

Three minutes later, Rhodes' David Perez answered, beating Long to the bottom left corner of the cage and cutting the Colonel lead in half. 

The Lynx struck again to begin the second, courtesy of Ryan Fennelly. Centre got back on the board three minutes into the quarter as freshman Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) scored his seventeenth goal of the season. 

Trailing 3-2, Rhodes rattled off four straight goals to take a commanding 6-3 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. 

Malubay netted his second goal of the contest on a man-up opportunity with just under a minute remaining in the quarter, getting the Colonels within two. Fellow freshman Padraic Dermody (Louisville, Ky.) assisted on the play.

The third quarter featured very little offense and great defense by both teams. Malubay continued to pace Centre on the attacking end, tallying his third goal of the contest.

With a 6-5 advantage, the Lynx extended their lead with one minute remaining in the quarter on a man-up opportunity.  

Addison Mueller added an insurance goal for the Lynx at the thirteen-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Nine minutes later, junior Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) got the Colonels within two off of a Chase Poplin (Greenville, S.C.) assist.

Sophomore Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) made things interesting by squeezing a remarkably-placed shot past the Rhodes keeper with roughly 90 seconds left.

After getting the ball back, the Colonels were unable to tie the game in the final moments as Nayan's last-second shot missed wide left. 

Malubay led Centre with three goals and one ground ball in the defeat. 

Centre will hit the road this Saturday to face Oglethorpe at 5 p.m. ET.