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@CentreWomensLax Commences SAA Play with 17-5 Win at Oglethorpe
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ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – Less than a day after its 16-6 victory over Piedmont in the season opener on Friday night in Danville, the Centre women's lacrosse team picked up a 17-5 road triumph over Oglethorpe on Saturday afternoon to begin Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play.
The Colonels (2-0, 1-0 SAA) jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the afternoon and never looked back. Junior midfielder Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) netted three of those goals for Centre, who would build an 11-3 advantage at the half.
The two teams traded goals to start the second frame as senior attackman Emily Engdahl (Waukesha, Wis.) found the back of the cage for the Colonels to open the period.
Following a Stormy Petrel goal, Centre responded with five straight goals, including a pair from Bellamah and another by Engdahl to push the Colonels' lead to 17-4.
Oglethorpe would score once more to minimize the final deficit to 17-5 in the contest.
Bellamah paced Centre with six goals to go with a game-high six ground balls and two caused turnovers. The junior finished with a total of 11 goals in two games over the weekend for the Colonels.
Junior midfielder Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) tallied four goals and an assist in the triumph, while sophomore midfielder Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) recorded a pair of goals and two assists for Centre.
Engdahl netted two goals and junior attackman Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a goal and dished out a game-high three assists.
Senior midfielder Ellen Resinger (Louisville, Ky.) posted a goal, an assist and a game-high eight draw controls, while freshman midfielder Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio) chipped in another goal for the Colonels.
Junior goaltender Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) had seven saves on the afternoon.
Centre outshot the Stormy Petrels 30-14 in the win and racked up advantages of 19-11 in ground balls and 17-7 in draw controls.
The Colonels were near perfect on clears at 93.3 percent (14-of-15) in the triumph.
Centre plays host to Birmingham Southern in another SAA contest next Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. ET at the South Campus Field. The Colonels dropped a heartbreaker to the Panthers to open the 2016 campaign. Birmingham Southern is 1-1 on the season after a 14-7 loss to Sewanee earlier today.