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March 29, 2013

Colonels defeat Millsaps in SAA action

The Centre men's lacrosse team held Millsaps without a goal for over 40 minutes en route to a 19-5 victory over the Majors on Friday night.

The Colonels scored the opening three goals of the game. Junior Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.) assisted on two goals by junior Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.), the first of which occurred when Centre had a man down. The Colonels managed another goal during the same penalty as sophomore Wesley Hardman (Narragansett, R.I.) put one through the net with an assist by sophomore Peter Murphy (Louisville, Ky.). The Majors would score the next two goals in quick succession, but a shorthanded goal by Connors ended the scoring in the first period and began a string of 12 unanswered goals for the Colonels.

Centre dominated the action in the second quarter with three goals and an assist by Connors, two goals by Stubbs and a goal by freshman Seth Gray (Louisville, Ky.). The Colonels outscored Millsaps 6-0 in the period, forced eight turnovers, outshot the Majors 14-4 and held a 12-6 advantage in ground balls. Gray added another goal for Centre in the third period. Freshman Conor Bennett (Alpharetta, Ga.) found freshman Joey Lencewicz (Gates Mills, Ohio) for the final goal of the period at the 2:46 mark.

The fourth quarter began with three more Centre goals as Lencewicz, junior Corey Krill (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Morgan Mayes (Prospect, Ky.) each scored for the Colonels to make the score 15-2. Millsaps finally broke the scoreless drought at the 8:40 mark, but there was not enough time for a rally. Stubbs, Mayes, junior Patrick Evans (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Robert Anthony (Louisville, Ky.) each scored goals for Centre in the final five minutes of action.

For the game the Colonels outshot the Majors 44-15, forced Millsaps into 30 turnovers and held a 51-24 advantage in ground balls. Connors led all scorers with six goals, while Murphy led the way with four assists. The Colonels will be back in action on March 31st with a crucial conference home game against Birmingham Southern.