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Women’s lacrosse matches program record with 10th straight win

Women’s lacrosse matches program record with 10th straight win

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre women's lacrosse dominated visiting Wittenberg, 17-5, Tuesday evening at South Turf Field, marking the squad's 10th consecutive win.

The Colonels (10-1) match the 2014 squad which won 10 straight en route to a 16-3 overall record. Centre's '14 team out-scored opponents by 6.7 goals per contest during its 10-game run, compared to this season's 12.7 average margin of victory.

Centre used an early spurt to create separation against the visiting Tigers (2-7).

Of Centre's first five shots, four found the back of the net. Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) each scored twice during that efficient opening stretch.

The pair continued to fill it up, netting five goals apiece in the first half as the Colonels began the running clock midway through the period and led 12-1 at the break.

Senior keeper Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) recorded seven saves in the first half, allowing just one goal on a late free position from the Tigers' Madeline Stock.

Wittenberg made things interesting with four unanswered goals midway through the second period, but the Colonels' lead never shrank back to single digits.

Gibbons led all individuals with six goals, tying her season high, adding one assist.

Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) scored twice in the second half, and Hannah Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) finished with four total points on three assists and a goal.

Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) led Centre with six ground balls and six draw controls, also adding a goal.

Abigail Tessitore (Greer, S.C.) and Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio) each tallied goals for the Colonels, as well, and Clare Heaney (Fairfax Station, Va.) paced the defense with a pair of caused turnovers.

Marek totaled 11 saves in goal, bringing her season total to 86 while lowering her goals-against average to 6.76.

Centre had successful clears on 20 of 25 attempts, and finished with 13 turnovers to Wittenberg's 21.

Centre continues its home swing with a meeting against NCAA Division II opponent Charleston (W.V.) this Saturday, Mar. 31, at 1 p.m. ET at South Turf Field.