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Colonels falls to Vikings 14-5 in one-sided affair

Colonels falls to Vikings 14-5 in one-sided affair

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -  The Centre men's lacrosse team fell to Berry, 14-5, unable to overcome a five-goal first quarter from the Vikings at Valhalla Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss the Colonels fall to 4-5 (0-2 SAA) on the year while the Vikings improve to 8-3 (2-1 SAA).

Centre and Berry exchanged early goals in the first quarter, with the Vikings taking a 5-3 lead into the second. Berry jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of play, courtesy of back to back goals from Chris Berchock and Andrew Elgin.

Freshman Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) got the Colonels on the board nearly a minute later, cutting the Vikings lead to one.

Berry responded almost immediately as Hudson Harris found the back of the net off of a McKinley Cannon assist.

Down 3-1 with just over seven minutes remaining in the frame, freshman Anthony DiMichele (Cincinnati, Ohio) netted his eleventh goal of the season, cutting the Berry lead to one.

Berry continued to dominate the Centre in the defensive third, tacking on back to back goals and taking a commanding 5-2 with just one minute remaining in the quarter.

DiMichele got the Colonels back on the board on a man up opportunity before the half. Sophomore Dominic Nayan (Memphis, Tenn.) assisted on the play.

Unlike the first quarter, defense dominated the second quarter of play. Neither team could muster much offense but Berry extended its lead to 7-3 before the half. McKinely Gannon and Luke Koferl both scored in the frame.

The Vikings continued to pull away from the Colonels in the third, tacking on back to back goals before the halfway point of the quarter. Berchock added his third goal of the contest while Harris recorded his second.

Down 9-3 with two minutes remaining in the quarter, senior Dominic Peluso (Redondo Beach, Calif.) tallied his fourth goal of the season. Nayan assisted on the play.

The Colonels and Vikings both exchanged early goals in the fourth quarter. Thomas Brennan gave the Vikings a 10-4 advantage at the fourteen-minute mark.

Centre cut into the Berry lead three minutes later as Malubay recorded his third goal of the contest.

The Vikings continued to pressure the Colonels midway through the quarter, tacking on four consecutive goals and taking a commanding 14-5 lead.

Centre was unable to respond in the final minutes of play.

Malubay and DiMichele both led the Colonels with two goals apiece in the defeat. Nayan also shined with three assists and ground balls on the day.

The Colonels will return home next Saturday to face Sewanee for a 1 P.M. ET start.