Women's lacrosse knocks off Colorado College 12-11
The Centre women's lacrosse team capped its regular season with a 12-11 victory over Colorado College and moved into a tie for first place in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday at Farris Stadium.
The Colonels finish the regular season at 13-4 while Colorado falls to 12-3. Both teams finish at 4-1 in conference play and find themselves in a three-way tie atop the SCAC standings with Sewanee.
Meg Hawthorne (Cary, N.C.) led the Colonels with four goals while Sarah Mastey (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Katy Cremer (Hudson, Ohio), Andrea Merchak (Lexington, Ky.) and Audrey Powers (Chattanooga, Tenn.) all had two goals each. Mastey also contributed a team-high two assists.
Things didn't go well for the Colonels early on as Colorado scored four times in a three minute stretch and built a 7-2 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. Centre would battle back before halftime though, outscoring the Tigers 5-1 over the final 6:30 and pulling to within one at 8-7 on a goal by Merchak with 26 seconds to go in the half.
The Colonels kept that momentum going into the second half when Cremer scored two minutes in to tie the score at eight. Colorado's Leslie Jacoby scored to go back up 9-8, but it would be Colorado's last lead as Centre came back with three goals to go ahead 11-9 with just under 17 minutes to play.
Colorado cut the margin to one on a Grace Maloney goal at the 8:47 mark, but Hawthorne provided some breathing room for the Colonels by scoring her third goal of the half with just under three minutes left. Colorado scored one final goal to make the score 12-11, but would get no closer. In its final possession, Colorado had a shot sail wide with 12 seconds to play, and Centre goalkeeper Allison Eisner (Louisville, Ky.) saved a free position shot as time expired.
Eisner made 11 saves in the game while Colorado goalie Abby Fink made 12 stops. Each team took 33 shots, and Centre held a 16-10 edge in draw controls.
Both teams now advance to the SCAC Tournament, which begins play Saturday in Sewanee, Tenn.