2014 SAA Champions
@CentreWomensLax Defeats Augsburg 22-13
Free Position Shots
DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre women's lacrosse team used a blistering start to score 15 first half goals en route to a 22-13 victory over the Augsburg Auggies earlier tonight at the South Campus Field. The win improved the Colonels to 5-2 on the year.
Centre quickly stormed out of the gates with three straight goals. Senior Ellen Resinger (Louisville, Ky.) converted a free position shot just 34 seconds into the contest for the game's first goal. Less than 30 seconds later, junior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) found sophomore Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) for a goal that put Centre up 2-0. Shortly thereafter, junior Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored off the feed from junior Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and the Colonels had a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
The opponents from Minneapolis quickly responded to tie the score with four of the next five goals over the next five minutes, with another goal from Resinger representing Centre's only scoring output during the run. In a game full of runs, it was the Colonels who would make the next one, blitzing the Auggies with four goals in four minutes. Jackson, Hardy, Gibbons and Bellamah all scored during the rally, with Bellamah, Resinger and sophomore Abigail Tessitore (Greer, S.C.) providing assists. A goal by Augsburg's Rachel Frantz cut the Centre lead to 8-5, but the biggest run was yet to come.
A goal from Tessitore started a run of five straight Colonels goals in a span of less than three minutes, with Bellamah scoring twice on free position shots. After Augsburg scoring leader Delaney Everett ended the run with a goal, the pace finally slowed in a wild opening half, but not before Bellamah played role in two more Centre goals. With just over four minutes remaining, Bellamah took the pass from senior Emily Engdahl (Waukesha, Wisc.) and scored her fourth goal of the half. Then, with five seconds until halftime, Bellamah recorder her third assist of the half, setting up Jackson for her third goal of the game to give Centre a 15-6 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Centre once again got on the board first thanks to Ellen Resinger, who put home her fourth goal of the game in the opening minutes. Augsburg scored the next three goals but Centre once against answered with a massive rally, outscoring the Auggies 4-0 over the next six minutes. This scoring outburst belonged to Colleen Jackson, who scored on two of the four goals of the run and assisted on another. Jackson and Bellamah capped off their outstanding nights in the closing minutes as Bellamah scored her fifth goal of the game on a Hardy assist and Jackson assisted on a scoring effort from Gibbons for the Colonels' final goal of the game.
Bellamah and Jackson each led the way for Centre with five goals to lead all scorers. Bellamah also contributed five assists, while Jackson recorded three.
Resinger finished with four goals and two assists to go along with nine draw controls to lead all players.
Junior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) recorded 11 saves for the Colonels in goal.
Centre outshot Augsburg 46-25 for the game and held a 24-13 advantage in draw controls thanks in large part to the efforts of Resinger and Bellamah.
The Colonels will continue on their home stand on Tuesday as they will take on Goucher in Danville.
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