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Colonels defense shines in 8-1 thumping of Cardinals

Colonels defense shines in 8-1 thumping of Cardinals

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - The Centre men's lacrosse team defeated North Central (Ill.) 8-1 on Wednesday afternoon, taking an early first quarter lead and playing stellar team defense for sixty minutes at Pope John Paul II High School.  

With the win, the Colonels improve 4-4 on the season, while the Cardinals fall to 3-4.

The Colonels got on the board early, taking a 4-0 lead into the second quarter. Junior Leland Gray (Lousiville, Ky.) got Centre on the board at the eleven-minute mark, finding the back of the net off of an assist from sophomore Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.).

Freshman Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) and Jack Shannon (Palisades, N.Y.) followed suit shortly after, tallying back-to-back goals at the midway point of the quarter, extending the Colonels' lead to 3-0.

With one minute remaining in the period, freshman Anthony DiMichele (Cincinnati) netted his 10th goal of the season. Fellow freshman Padraic Dermody (Louisville, Ky.) assisted on the play.

Neither team could muster much offense before the half, as Malubay's second goal was the only marker before the end of the second period. The Colonels were also able to overcome three man down opportunities in the frame.

The third quarter featured more of the same: great defense and very little offense. Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.) ended the twelve-minute scoring drought off of a nice feed from Nayan, his second assist of the day.

North Central finally broke through at the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter, courtesy of Justin Babor.

Centre would answer with a fury, scoring back-to-back goals before the final whistle. Gray tallied his second goal of the contest mere seconds after NCC's goal, and freshman William Lathram (Raleigh, N.C.) also found the back of the cage, his third of the season.

In the victory, the defense was led by Senior Sam Long (Cincinnati) who led the Colonels with 18 saves. The Centre man-down defense also took the spotlight, shutting down the Cardinal man-up attack on four opportunities.   

Gray and Malubay paced the Colonels on the offensive end, scoring two goals apiece.

Shannon also had a solid day, picking up seven ground balls and recording one goal.

The Colonels will return to action this Saturday on the road against Berry for a 2 p.m. ET start.