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Colonels doubled up by Panthers, 14-7, in SAA tilt

Colonels doubled up by Panthers, 14-7, in SAA tilt

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Centre men's lacrosse team fell to Birmingham Southern, 14-7, on Sunday afternoon, never able to overcome a nine goal second quarter from the Panthers.

With the loss, the Colonels fall to 3-4 (0-1 SAA) on the year while the Panthers improve to 7-3.

The Colonels and Panthers remained scoreless early on the in the contest, but freshman Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) gave Centre an early 1-0 advantage at the 13-minute mark. Sophomore Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) assisted on the play.

Trailing 1-0, the Panthers strung off three straight goals to begin the second quarter. Carter Watkins, Taylor Carson, and Carson Buckner all found the back the net before the eleven-minute mark.

Junior Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) cut the Panthers lead to 3-2 nearly a minute later.

Birmingham Southern continued to dominate Centre in the defensive third, scoring six consecutive goals before the half, with three off of assists. Carson led the Panthers with two goals.

Centre got back in the action with one minute remaining in the second quarter as Malubay recorded his second goal of the contest, cutting the Panthers' lead to 9-3.

The Colonels got on the board first to begin the third quarter courtesy of freshman Jack Shannon (Palisades, N.Y.) who tallied the ninth goal of his campaign, bringing Centre within five.

Birmingham Southern answered immediately, tacking on back-to-back goals in the next two minutes of play and taking a commanding 11-4 lead.

At the four-minute mark, Gray netted his second goal of the contest. Nayan assisted on the play, his second helper of the day.

In the final minutes of the third and into the fourth quarter the Panthers rattled off three consecutive goals.

The Colonels finished the game strong with back-to-back goals in the remaining six minutes of play. Freshman Chase Poplin (Greenville, S.C.) and sophomore John Morrison (Franklin, Tenn.) both got Centre in the scoring column but it was too little too late.  

Gray led the Colonels with two goals and one assist in the defeat. Shannon also had a solid game, recording a goal and seven ground balls.

Centre will return to action this Wednesday against North Central (Ill.) for a 1 p.m. start in Nashville, Tenn.