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March 2, 2013

Centre Lacrosse wins home opener

The Centre College men's lacrosse team had little trouble picking up their first win of the season against the visiting Panthers of Hanover.  The Colonels struck the first blow scoring a goal just one and a half minutes into the first perioid.  The goal was scored by attack Matt Hughes (Vero Beach, Fla.), the first of three goals scored by the freshman.

The Colonels would go on to score three more goals before the Panthers would be able to put one in the net past Centre goalie Bryce McCoy (Hudson, Ohio). Scoring at the 12:29 mark in the first period was Wesley Hardman (Narragansett, R.I.) off an assist by Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.).  Hardman's goal was followed up with another goal by Hughes at the 7:07 mark in the first quarter and the first of Peter Murphy's (Louisville, Ky.) game high four goals at the 3:30 mark.  The lone goal scored by the Panthers in the first half was by Matt Weber off an assist by Derek Coe to close out the scoring in the first period at the 2:35 mark.

The second period was very quiet for both sides until Murphy broke the silence with his second goal of the day at the 6:17 mark off an assist by Hardman.  The next goal in the second period would not take as long to score as the first with Hughes scoring his third and final goal of the day just two minutes later off an assist by Conor Bennett (Alpharetta, Ga.).  The goal by Hughes would end the scoring for both teams for the first half as Centre would take a six to one lead into halftime. 

The start of the third period would see Centre lose the face off to Hanover, but little else would go the Panther's way.  Zack Connors would open up the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 7:43 mark in the third period after an assist by Murphy. Both teams would remain in a defensive battle until the 4:21 mark when Hanover's Weber would score his second, and his and his team's, final goal of the day. 

The rest of the day belonged all to the Colonels with Murphy and Connors each scoring goals before the third quarter was over and Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.) snuck in his first goal with 22 seconds left on the clock in the third period.  With Hanover in a man down situation Eamon Delay (Hempstead, N.Y.) would score a goal off a Murphy assist at the 11:50 mark and then Murphy would score the team's final goal of the day just 20 seconds later. 

The Colonels will next play on Saturday, March 9 at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.  Game time is set for 3 p.m.