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Women’s lacrosse runs win streak to a dozen, earns crucial SAA victory over Sewanee

Women’s lacrosse runs win streak to a dozen, earns crucial SAA victory over Sewanee

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre women's lacrosse continues to put opponents away in lopsided fashion, defeating Southern Athletic Association rival Sewanee by a 19-8 score Sunday at South Turf Field. 

Winners of 12 straight, the Colonels improve to 12-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in-conference, now just one victory from securing a top two seed and quarterfinal bye in the upcoming conference tournament. Sewanee, which defeated Centre 12-6 last season, drops to 11-5 (4-2 SAA).

Centre wasted little time establishing a lead, as senior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) netted an unassisted goal just 70 seconds into the match.

The Tigers got one back a minute later, but three unanswered from the Colonels gave the home side a lead they wouldn't relinquish. 

The Colonels eventually carried a 10-4 lead into the break with five different goal scorers – Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) the leader with three.

Centre scored four straight to open the second half, signaling a running clock for the 12th game in a row after taking a 14-4 lead. 

Sewanee finally got on the board after seven minutes passed in the half, but the Colonels had an answer for each score down the stretch.

Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) scored four of her five goals in the second half to help the Colonels put away the Tigers. Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) matched her with five goals and an assist.

Gibbons led all players with eight total points (four goals, four assists), her most since a nine-point effort earlier this season against DePauw.

Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) netted a hat trick, and Bellamah contributed a pair of goals and assists.

Gibbons and Bellamah each had five ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the team, and goalie Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) had eight saves between the pipes.

Centre scored eight of its goals on free position attempts, and corralled 17 of the game's 29 draw controls. 

The Colonels play their final nonconference match of the season Tuesday, traveling to face Earlham at 7 p.m. ET.