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May 7, 2014

Men's lacrosse season ends with NCAA loss at Denison

The Centre men's lacrosse team saw its most successful season in program history come to an end on Wednesday afternoon in Granville, Ohio, losing to the #4 Denison Big Red, 19-4.

The loss ended an 11-game winning streak by the Colonels, the longest such streak in the four years of existence for Centre men's lacrosse. The Big Red improvd their record to 18-0 on the year with the win.

Denison scored the first 12 goals of the game across the first two periods and change before the Colonels got on the board with a goal by sophomore Matt Hughes (Vero Beach, Fla.) at the ten-minute mark of the third quarter. The Colonels scored again four minutes later as freshman Mitchell Kraus (Louisville, Ky.) followed up his SAA Championship game winner with another goal, this one off an assist from senior Corey Krill (Louisville, Ky.).

The fourth quarter saw the Colonels score a pair of unassisted goals, both by seniors. The first was scored by senior William Elpers (Louisville, Ky.) with a man down, his first goal as a Colonel. The second and final goal of the fourth quarter came from senior Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.), the program's all-time leader in both goals and points.

Despite being outshot by Denison by 30, the Colonels did win the turnover battle, forcing the Big Red into 18 turnovers while only committing 17.

The loss ends the careers of a senior class who built the Centre men's lacrosse program from the ground up, posting a four-year record of 39-22 and making the NCAA Tournament in their final two seasons.