2014 SAA Champions

@CentreWomensLax Rolls to 17-5 Win over Kalamazoo

@CentreWomensLax Rolls to 17-5 Win over Kalamazoo

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – On a cold and rainy St. Patrick's Day evening, the Centre women's lacrosse team scored seven consecutive goals midway through the first half to propel the Colonels to a 17-5 victory over the Kalamazoo Hornets at the South Campus Field. The win extends Centre's streak to four victories in a row and improves the Colonels' record to 7-2 on the year.

The Hornets got on the board first when Nicole Huff converted a pair of free position shots in a 40-second span to give Kalamazoo a quick 2-0 lead, but the Colonels responded in a huge way.

For the next 12 minutes, Centre outscored Kalamazoo 7-0, with four different Colonels scoring goals in the run. Senior Ellen Resinger (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) each scored twice during the rally, while junior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) assisted on a pair of goals and capped the run with a goal of her own after an assist by senior Emily Engdahl (Waukesha, Wisc.).

Resinger and junior Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) added goals to give Centre a 9-4 lead heading into the locker room for halftime.

The Colonels controlled the second half as Bellamah scored three more times to give her a game high four goals. Centre's young players entered the game early in the second half and took advantage of their opportunities, as freshman Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio) scored a pair of goals, while freshman Marina Burke (Lexington, Ky.) recorded the first goal and assist of her collegiate career. Hannah Meyers' goal for the Hornets with three seconds left in the game prevented the Centre second half shutout.

Bellamah led all players with four goals and three assists. Jackson, Resinger and Gibbons each added three goals.

Centre outshot Kalamazoo 34-17 for the game, including a 22-9 advantage in the first half.

Junior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) was outstanding in goal for the Colonels, finishing with nine saves while also being credited with four ground balls.

The Colonels will spend their spring break in Englewood, Fla., where they will face Calvin and Clarkson next week.