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Women’s lacrosse defeats Sewanee 13-8 in SAA semifinals, books rematch with Rhodes

Women’s lacrosse defeats Sewanee 13-8 in SAA semifinals, books rematch with Rhodes

DANVILLE, Ky. – Centre women's lacrosse handled business at home Sunday, defeating Sewanee 13-8 in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament semifinals at South Turf Field.

An eight-point performance from senior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) helped the Colonels improve to 15-2 overall while advancing to next Sunday's conference finals. The guest Tigers close their season with a 12-6 overall mark.

Senior Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.) opened the scoring with a goal barely 70 seconds into the contest, dodging a pair of defenders to give Centre a 1-0 edge.

Sewanee's defense settled in a bit, but not long after Bellamah scored two goals in a one-minute span to make it 3-0.

Sarah Strand put the visitors on the board, and they pulled within 4-2 on Grace Zechman's goal near the 19-minute mark.

But the Colonels laced four unanswered goals to open up an 8-2 advantage, and would carry a 9-3 lead into the halftime break.

Bellamah paced all scorers with five in the opening period, as Centre out-shot Sewanee 33 to 5.

Unlike the teams' regular season meeting – a 19-8 Colonel victory that saw the home team run away in the second half – Sewanee hung tough for the entire second period.

The Tigers even outscored the Colonels, 5-4, across the final 30 minutes, but couldn't completely erase the deficit.

Second-half goals from Bellamah, Abby Whitford (Dayton, Ohio), Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Mary Katherine Hardy (Louisville, Ky.) helped keep the Colonels stay out of reach.

Bellamah's eight points came on five goals and three assists, as she eclipsed eight or more points for the third time this season. She also chipped in six ground balls, five draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers

Jackson netted three goals on five shots, finishing as the only Colonel to score multiple goals in all 17 Centre games this season. 

Hardy led the Colonels with nine ground balls while also corralling four draw controls. 

Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) had eight saves – all in the second half – earning her 17th win of the campaign. 

Centre faces top-seeded Rhodes next Sunday in the SAA Championship in a rematch of April 14's epic regular season meeting – a 21-19 Lynx victory. The Colonels will be seeking their first SAA Tournament title to add to their two regular season championships (2014, 2016).

Rhodes defeated Birmingham-Southern 24-8 at home in Sunday's semifinal.