2014 & 2016 SAA Champions

Colonels coast to sixth consecutive victory

Colonels coast to sixth consecutive victory

CINCINNATI – Centre women's lacrosse ran away early and never looked back in a resounding 16-2 victory at Mt. St. Joseph Friday evening.

The Colonels – winners of six in a row – improve to 6-1 overall while dropping the host Lions to 0-4. Centre has outscored its opponents 111-35 over the last six victories.

The visitors got an early goal from Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) less than three minutes in, but it wasn't until eight minutes had passed when they blew the game open.

Centre remarkably scored four goals in a barely 70 seconds, never ceding possession to the Lions during the stretch. Freshman Bella Tacogue (Louisville, Ky.) netted two of those four.

Roughly halfway through the period the Colonels had hung 11 goals on the Lions, all but putting the game out of reach.

Tacogue, Colleen Jackson (Gaithursberg, Md.) and Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) all had hat tricks at the half, as Centre carried a sizeable 12-1 advantage into the break.

Jackson's third goal of the half marked the 100th of her career, joining Bellamah and Gibbons as Centre's current 100-goal scorers.

The second half wasn't quite as lopsided, but with the outcome essentially decided a couple of Colonel defenders had the chance to get in on the scoring.

Mary Allen (Memphis, Tenn.) scored twice, while Lena Jewler (Saratoga, Calif.) netted her first career goal with less than a minute left.

Sophomore Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio) matched Gibbons with a team-high two assists, also scoring a second-half goal.

Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) paced Centre with four ground balls, while Gibbons totaled a team-best four caused turnovers.

Centre out-shot MSJ 42-10, putting 30 shots on goal, and also won 15 of 20 draw controls.

In goal, senior Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) recorded seven saves and a 77.8% save percentage.

Centre gets set to hit the road for its spring break trip, beginning with a meeting Monday against Old Westbury in Hilton Head, S.C. The game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.