2014 & 2016 SAA Champions

Colonels continue dominant run, defeat Earlham 20-2

Colonels continue dominant run, defeat Earlham 20-2

RICHMOND, Ind. – Centre women's lacrosse scored seven unanswered goals and never looked back against Earlham Tuesday evening, winning by a wide 20-2 margin at Darrell Beane Stadium in a nonconference meeting.

The Colonels (13-1) have now won 13 straight – all by double figures – and have eclipsed the 20-goal plateau five times. The host Quakers slip to 2-9 with the loss.

Centre's prolific attack was once again on display in a final tune-up before Saturday's crucial Southern Athletic Association meeting with Rhodes.

Bella Tacogue (Louisville, Ky.), Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio), Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) each netted a goal during the opening stretch that saw the Colonels take a 7-0 lead.

Jackson had a hat trick before the Quakers were able to get on the scoreboard, and Centre coasted to a 14-2 halftime lead with Tacogue and Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) also contributing multiple goals in the period.

The Colonel defense helped forced 17 Earlham turnovers in the first half, and managed to keep the Quakers off the board for the entire 30 minutes of the second period. 

Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Claire Heaney (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Jackson scored during the frame, and Katy Haering (Louisville, Ky.) closed the game with three consecutive goals for her first career hat trick.

Jackson paced Centre with five goals for the second game in a row, continuing her trend of scoring at least twice in every contest this season. 

Tacogue followed with four goals, matching a career best, while the Hardys each tallied a pair of scores.

Gibbons had two assists for the Colonels, and also led the way with six ground balls. Heaney recorded two caused turnovers and four ground balls to go with her goal. 

As a team, Centre finished with 30 ground balls to Earlham's 12, and finished with a 37-6 advantage in total shots.

Senior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) had a rather uneventful evening in-goal for the Colonels, facing just half a dozen shots, but managed to drive down her season goals-against average to a mere 6.44. That mark puts her in the top 15 in the nation.  

The Colonels meet SAA rival Rhodes Saturday, with the winner claiming the conference regular season title and right to host the championship match of the upcoming tournament. Opening draw is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at South Turf Field.