The Centre women's lacrosse team played Millsaps on Friday afternoon, withstanding a late Majors rally to earn a hard-fought 11-10 victory.
Junior Sarah Mastey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored the first of her game-high six goals to open the scoring nearly three minutes into the game. The first half was a back and forth struggle for the first 20 minutes, but the Colonels scored the final four goals of the frame, with three from Mastey and one from junior Meg Hawthorne (Cary, N.C.) to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 halftime lead.
Centre increased the lead to 8-3 early in the second half with goals from Mastey and sophomore Anne Carol Preuss (Louisville, Ky.), but Millsaps answered back with three unanswered goals of their own to narrow the lead to 8-6. The Colonels responded with their own run as Mastey and Katy Cremer each scored a goal to increase the lead to four with just over 19 minutes remaining in the game. The Majors scored the next two goals to cut the deficit in half, but senior Maddie Baker (Louisville, Ky.) scored on a free position shot at the 6:50 mark that proved to be the winning goal.
The Majors were able to put two more in the net in the final minutes, but sophomore goalkeeper Allison Eisner came up with two huge saves and forced a key turnover down the stretch to preserve the 11-10 win. Centre outshot the Majors 35-22 for the game and forced Millsaps into 21 turnovers.
Centre women's lacrosse will be back on the field on March 31st with a home tilt against Wooster at 11:00 A.M.