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April 14, 2012

Sewanee edges Centre women's lacrosse 19-18

After a back and forth contest, the Centre women's lacrosse team fell 19-18 to Sewanee in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday at Farris Stadium.

Emily Madden (Louisville, Ky.) led the Colonels with five goals while Sarah Mastey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) added four goals with two assists and Meg Hawthorne (Cary, N.C.) three goals with two assists.

After Centre scored the first four goals of the game, Sewanee responded with the next five and the game would go back and forth throughout. The Colonels built an 8-6 lead by halftime, only to see Sewanee score three times in the first two minutes of the second half. 

After Sewanee went up 10-8, Centre scored four times to go back up 12-10. Sewanee went on a 6-1 run to take a 16-13 lead, but Centre answered with three goals to tie with seven minutes to play. The teams traded scores the rest of the way with Sewanee eventually pulling ahead for good at the 2:03 mark and running out the clock after a Colonels turnover.

Also scoring for the Colonels were Andrea Merchak (Lexington, Ky.) and Audrey Powers (Chattanooga, Tenn.) with two goals and Claiborne Willis (Nashville, Tenn.) and Katy Cremer (Hudson, Ohio) with one each. Allison Eisner (Louisville, Ky.) made eight saves in goal.

The Colonels were able to keep pace with Sewanee despite the Tigers having a 26-13 advantage in draw controls. Sewanee also outshot the Colonels 34-32 and had a 13-8 edge in ground balls.

The loss drops Centre to 11-4 on the year while Sewanee improves to 8-4. The teams are now tied for second place in the SCAC standings, both holding a 2-1 record in conference play. The Colonels host Dallas at 10 a.m. Sunday.