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Colonels drop 9-8 heartbreaker to Birmingham Southern in SAA Quarterfinal tilt

Colonels drop 9-8 heartbreaker to Birmingham Southern in SAA Quarterfinal tilt

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Centre men's lacrosse team fell to Birmingham Southern, 9-8, in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinals on Friday evening despite a three-goal performance from junior Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.). 

The Panthers and Colonels both exchanged early goals in the first quarter. A minute into the frame Carter Watkins gave Birmingham Southern the lead off of an assist from Taylor Carson. Four minutes later Centre responded with a back to back goals, courtesy of Grey and freshman Nolan Irey (Raleigh, N.C.). 

Davis Thompson tied the game two at the eight-minute mark. 

Gray answered back on the following possession off of an assist from freshman Jack Shannon, giving Centre a slim 3-2 lead going into the second quarter. 

The back and forth action continued into the second quarter. Peyton Taylor tied the game at three early in the quarter. Thompson assisted on the play.

At the nine-minute mark, sophomore Vincent Pisacano (Lexington, Ky.) found Gray for his third goal of the contest, giving Centre the lead. Freshman Padraic Dermody (Louisville, Ky.) followed suit just before the end of the first the quarter.

The Panthers tacked on back-to-back goals to begin the third quarter to take a narrow 6-5 lead, courtesy of Braden McCombs. 

Taylor added his second goal of the contest a minute into the fourth quarter, extending the Panther lead to 7-5. Centre responded with a fury, tying the game at seven with back to back goals from Dermody and Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) with seven minutes remaining in the game. 

Birmingham Southern retook the lead with back to back goals of their own, putting pressure on Centre at the four-minute mark. Malubay tallied his second goal of the contest on the following possession, cutting the Panther lead to one.

The Colonels were unable to tie the game on the final possession. 

Senior Sam Long (Cinncinati, Ohio) had a solid performance in the defeat, recording 15 saves on 24 shots on goal. 

The Panthers advance to face top-seeded Rhodes Sunday in the SAA semifinals.