2014 SAA Champions
Resinger’s Goal Lifts @CentreWomensLax to Overtime Win at Berry
Free Position Shots
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. (CentreColonels.com) – Senior Ellen Resinger (Louisville, Ky.) scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, as the Centre women's lacrosse team snapped a two-game skid, improving to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in Southern Athletic Association play with a 9-8 victory at Berry.
The Vikings opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the contest as Keiley Ayers converted a free position shot. The Colonels clamped down defensively for the next 15 minutes as Centre outscored Berry 3-0 in the span, with two goals by junior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) and a goal and an assist by junior Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.). In a game of runs, the Vikings would close out the half on one with three straight goals of their own, with Ayers putting Berry on top 4-3 with 56 seconds remaining until halftime.
Berry would increase its lead to 5-3 with a Kelsey McAnnally goal in the opening minutes of the second half but the Colonels stormed back to take the lead as Resinger scored her first goal of the game and then Gibbons scored on a pair of free position shots. The two teams alternated the next five goals as Gibbons and sophomore Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) kept the Colonels ahead by one goal. With two minutes to go in the game, Ayers broke loose for a goal to tie the score at 8-8 and send the game into overtime.
During the overtime period, Resinger won the opening draw control, her team high sixth of the game, and after a Berry foul, she took the feed from Hannah Bellamah and scored her second goal of the contest to put the final tally on the scoreboard for the 9-8 Centre victory.
Gibbons tied for a game high four goals while also recording one assist.
Hannah Bellamah scored two goals in the game and led all players with three assists and ten ground balls. The Colonels held a 29-23 advantage over the Vikings in ground balls.
Thanks in large part to Resinger, Centre finished today's game with 13 draw controls, compared to only five for Berry.
Junior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) finished with eight saves on the day, including a pair of clutch saves late in the second half to preserve the game in regulation.
The next game for the Centre women's lacrosse team will be on Mar. 11 as the Colonels take on Augsburg in Danville.