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Gray's four goals lead Colonels past Stormy Petrels

Gray's four goals lead Colonels past Stormy Petrels

ATLANTA - The Centre men's lacrosse squad crushed Oglethorpe, 17-3, in Southern Athletic Association play, riding an eight-goal third quarter to victory.  

With the win, the Colonels improve to 7-7 (2-4 SAA) on the year while the host Stormy Petrels fall to 1-11 (0-6 SAA). 

The Colonels got on the board early and often, taking a commanding three goal lead in the first quarter.

Freshman Chase Poplin (Greenville, S.C.) began the early rout by finishing off a quick feed from junior Leland Gray (Louisville, Ky.) at the thirteen-minute mark. Nic Malubay (Louisville, Ky.) tallied back to back goals off of assists from fellow freshman Anthony DiMichele (Cincinnati, Ohio) just minutes later. 

Centre continued to dominate the Stromy Peltrels in all facets of the game, scoring consecutive goals before the half and taking a 5-0 lead. Gray tallied his first and second goals of the contest at the four and two-minute mark, respectively. DiMichele also added an assist in the frame. 

The Colonels did net let up in third, extending their lead to 13-1. Poplin and Grey both continued their stellar days, accounting for four goals in the quarter. Sophomore John Morrison (Franklin, Tenn.), freshman Jack Shannon (Palisades, N.Y.), DiMichele, and Malubay also tallied scores in the third.

Dwayne Taylor recorded the Stromy Petrels only goal in the quarter, his tenth of the year. 

Four more Colonels got into the scoring column in the final quarter of play. Senior Dominic Peluso kept the pressure on the Stormy Petrels early in the quarter, recording his fifth goal of the season at the ten-minute mark. Freshman Miles Diehl (Louisville, Ky.) followed suit on the next possession, tacking on his first goal of the season. Junior Graeme Warner (Kent, Ohio) assisted on the play. 

Freshman William Lathram (Raleigh, N.C.)  and sophomore Noah Hull (DeCatur, Ga.) also registered goals in the quarter. 

Oglethorpe only managed to find the back of the net twice before the final whistle. 

Freshman Jonathan Pharies (San Diego, Calif.) had a solid day in the faceoff X, winning 11 of 16 draws. 

Gray led the team with four goals and two assists. Malubay was a close second with three goals and one assist. 

Centre will hit the road next weekend to face Birmingham Southern in the SAA Tournament.