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Centre’s rally falls short in 14-11 loss at Capital
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Centre women's lacrosse team nearly orchestrated a strong second-half comeback Wednesday evening at Capital, but eventually fell, 14-11, to the host Crusaders at Bernlohr Stadium.
Following their win by forfeit last Saturday, the Colonels are 1-1 in Head Coach Monica Scott's inaugural season. Capital, coming off its winningest season in program history last year, is 1-0 with the win.
The Crusaders' Taylor Barclay scored on a free position goal less than five minutes in to open a back-and-forth stretch in the contest.
Less than two minutes later, senior Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) evened the score with Centre's first goal of the season
Capital quickly regained the lead mere seconds later, but Jackson leveled the score again near the 17-minute mark, netting a goal off of an assist from Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio).
Capital would answer with three goals in fast succession, taking a 5-2 advantage midway through the opening half on a handful of free position tries.
Bellamah and classmate Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) would tally unassisted goals as the half wore on, and Jackson recorded her hat trick score minutes before the break, but the Crusaders would still carry an 11-5 lead into the break.
Despite being down six goals, Centre came storming back in the second half.
Bellamah scored three goals in the opening eight minutes, and added another midway through the period to pull the Colonels within 12-9.
Rookie Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) netted her first collegiate goal near the 12-minute mark off a feed from Hannah Hardy, bringing the Colonels as close as they had been since the early stages of the game.
After four unanswered goals from the visitors, Capital finally broke through Centre's staunch second-half defense to make it 13-10.
Not long following the Crusaders' score, Gibbons netted her second goal on a free position shot to bring Centre back within two.
The Colonels ran out of time in completing their comeback, however, ultimately falling by a 14-11 margin.
Bellamah, Centre's leading goal scorer from last season, finished with five scores and an assist, adding four ground balls.
Jackson's three goals came on three shots, and Gibbons followed with a pair of scores and one assist.
Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) recorded eight saves, six of which came in the second half, and junior defender Mary Allen (Memphis, Tenn.) paced Centre with four caused turnovers and as many ground balls.