Centre men take easy win on senior night
The night started by honoring Centre's first senior, Scott Hughes (Chattanooga, Tenn.) prior to the opening face-off and only got better from there for the men's lacrosse team as they cruised to a 26-6 win against conference foe Oglethorpe.
Freshman Seth Gray (Louisville, Ky.) struck early for Centre with a goal about two minutes into the first quarter and followed that goal up about a minute later with an assist to Junior Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga) to make the score 2-0. The ball rarely crossed into the Centre half for most of the first quarter with the Colonels scoring 11 times before the end of the first quarter. The scoring was evenly distributed with eight different players sharing in those nine goals. Along with Gray and Stubbs, Dustin Cowell, (Culver, Ind.), Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.), Wesley Hardman (Narragansett, R.I.), Connor Bennett (Alpharetta, Ga.), and Justin Norris (Deep River, Conn.) each added a goal while Joey Lencewicz (Gates Mills, Ohio) added two goals. Colonels with assists during the first quarter 11-0 run were senior Peter Murphy with two and Stubbs, Lencewicz, and Hardman each with one.
The second quarter did not fare any better for the Stormy Petrels as they were only able to put the ball in the goal one time while Centre managed to add another eight goals before halftime. Adding to their goal total from the first quarter were Hardman and Cowell who had one goal each and Lencewicz who had two goals in the second quarter. New scorers for the Colonels in the second quarter were Sam Rush (Cornelius, N.C.), Patrick Vaughn (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), Scott Hughes (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Robert Anthony (Louisville, Ky.), each with one goal. C. Bennett and Anthony each picked up an assist in the second quarter. Going into halftime the Colonels would lead 19-1
The halftime break seemed to do little to help Oglethorpe as the Colonels would add four more goals to their total while Oglethorpe would only be able to put the ball in the back of the net one more time before the start of the final quarter. Earning their first goal of the night for Centre during the third quarter were Eamon Delay (Hempstead, N.Y.), Corey Krill (Louisville, Ky.), and Morgan Mayes (Prospect, Ky.).
The fourth quarter was quiet for Centre compared to the first three with the Colonels only adding two more goals as they chose to run the clock down as much as possible. The Stormy Petrels, however, had their best showing by adding four more points to their total to close out the game. Centre dominated the stats in almost every category except face-off won where Centre only lead by a small margin of four. Centre would take almost four times as many shots as Oglethorpe (68-18) and would successfully complete 18 of 19 clear opportunities to Oglethorpe's 13 of 25 chances to clear.
Centre is now 8-2 overall and 4-1 in conference. The Colonels will next travel to Conway, Ark. for a conference match-up against Hendrix College on Friday, April 12.