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March 10, 2013

Centre women hold off Carthage 13-12 for third straight win

The Centre women's lacrosse team held off Carthage College 13-12 to pick up its third straight win in a nonconference game Sunday in Danville, Ky.

Junior midfielder Meg Hawthorne (Cary, N.C.) led the way for the Colonels by scoring seven goals in the game, including five in the second half. Also scoring for Centre were Jacqueline Anderson (Louisville, Ky.) with three goals, Sarah Mastey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) with two and Katy Cremer (Hudson, Ohio) with one.

The game was close throughout, with neither team holding a lead of more than three goals. Carthage scored the first goal of the game, but it would be the Lady Reds' last lead as Centre answered with the next three goals. When Carthage cut the lead to one, Jacqueline Anderson scored twice to put Centre back up 5-2. Carthage again cut the margin to one at 5-4 before Mastey scored her second goal of the game, and a goal by Carthage's Sydney Whitaker made the halftime score 6-5.

Hawthorne scored the first two goals of the second half to put Centre up 8-5, but the game would continue to go back and forth. Carthage answered with two goals to again cut the margin to one, but Hawthorne and Cremer scored to put the Colonels back up 10-7. 

Carthage scored three straight to tie the game at 10 with 6:29 to play, but Centre was able to take the lead with three goals in a span of 1:09. Carthage's Lauren Chatham, who led her team with five goals, scored twice in the final three minutes, but the Lady Reds were unable to come up with the tying goal.

The Colonels took 41 shots to Carthage's 30 and held a 17-9 advantage in draw controls. Centre's Allison Eisner (Louisville, Ky.) and Carthage's Ali Gorman each had nine saves in goal.

Centre improves to 4-2 with the win, while Carthage falls to 1-3 on the year. The Colonels are off until they take on Oswego State on March 18 in Orlando, Fla.