Second quarter surge leads Colonels to SAA semis
Leading 3-2 at the end of one quarter, the Centre men's lacrosse team used a 6-0 second quarter to pull away from the Rhodes Lynx in a Southern Athletic Association quarterfinal at Farris Stadium, winning by a score of 12-4.
Centre jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a goal by sophomore Dustin Cowell (Culver, Ind.) and two goals by senior Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.), the last one assisted by freshman Austin Zehnder (Prospect, Ky.). Rhodes withstood the early barrage and scored the final two goals of the period to make it a 3-2 game.
The second quarter assault started early. Austin Zehnder scored the first goal just over one minute in off an assist from senior Peter Murphy (Louisville, Ky.). Murphy and Dustin Cowell connected on the next goal just 59 seconds later, and then 25 seconds after that goal, junior Wesley Hardman (Narragansett, R.I.) scored his first goal of the game. A little over two minutes later, Murphy assisted on another goal, this time by freshman Mitchell Kraus (Louisville, Ky.). The scoring slowed down after the Colonels scored four times in three and a half minutes. Junior Phillip Malloy (Louisville, Ky.) put one in the net off an assist from junior Eamon Delay (Hempstead, N.Y.), then Hardman capped off the 6-0 quarter with another unassisted goal.
The Colonels continued their momentum from the second quarter into the third as Mitchell Kraus assisted on a goal by freshman Sumner Franklin (Louisville, Ky.) and Peter Murphy scored his second goal of the game. After a goal by the Lynx, Hardman closed out the scoring with his third goal of the game off the third assist by Murphy. Junior Bryce McCoy (Hudson, Ohio) stopped five of the seven shots he faced in the winning effort.
For the game, Centre outshot Rhodes 51-29, including 17-3 in the third quarter. They also held a 25-21 advantage in ground balls and forced the Lynx into 23 turnovers.
With the win, the 11-3 Colonels advance to the SAA Semifinals against the Berry Vikings on Apr. 25th at 7:00 P.M. CDT. Both the semifinals and the Apr. 27th finals at 1:00 P.M. CDT will take place at Sewanee.