2014 & 2016 SAA Champions

Colonels win record 11th straight, defeat Division II Charleston

Colonels win record 11th straight, defeat Division II Charleston

DANVILLE, Ky. –Centre women's lacrosse continues to steamroll opponents, defeating NCAA Division II Charleston (W.Va.) by a 16-6 score Saturday afternoon at South Turf Field.

The Colonels (11-1) improve their win streak to a program-best 11 games, claiming all 11 by at least 10 goals. The visiting Golden Eagles (6-4) had been riding a three-game streak of their own before being undone by the Colonels.

Charleston proved a tough opponent, though, especially in the early stages of the contest. The Golden Eagles scored less than three minutes in, marking Centre's first deficit since being down 1-0 against Old Westbury back on March 18.

Centre was also held off the board for nearly ten minutes, but senior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) eventually leveled the score at 1-1 with an unassisted goal.

After another UC goal, senior Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) tied the game at 2-2 with a free position goal near the 13-minute mark, and drew a foul to give Centre the ball back.

Bellamah capitalized, scoring just eight seconds later to give Centre its first lead of the afternoon.

Centre's defense kept Charleston off the board for the final 15 minutes of the period, allowing the Colonels to close the half with six unanswered goals.

Freshman Bella Tacogue (Louisville, Ky.) netted a goal in the final seconds of the first half to cap the scoring, making it 7-2 at the break.

Freshman Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) found the back of the net on a free position score two minutes into the second half to push Centre's lead out to 8-2.

The Golden Eagles recorded consecutive goals to briefly pull with four, but the Colonels put the game well out of reach with a crippling 7-1 stretch.

Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) and Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) were clutch in the second half, scoring four and three goals, respectively, to help Centre slam the door shut.

Bellamah led all players with six total points (four goals, two assists) while Hannah Hardy had five (four goals, two assists). Bellamah also had eight of Centre's 15 draw controls, six caused turnovers and four ground balls to round out an all-around effort.

Mary Katherine Hardy and Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio) each had one goal and one assist, and Abigail Tessitore (Greer, S.C.) chipped in one assist.

Senior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.), who recently took over as the program's all-time saves leader, turned aside a dozen shots.

Centre returns to Southern Athletic Association action next Sunday, April 8, hosting Sewanee at South Turf Field at 11 a.m. ET. The Colonels look to stay perfect at home (7-0) and in-conference (3-0).