Centre women fall 11-8 to Sewanee in SAA championship
The Centre women's lacrosse team suffered an 11-8 loss to Sewanee in the championship game of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament on Sunday in Danville, Ky.
Though the Colonels defeated Sewanee 10-4 in the regular season, the Tigers got the best of the rematch, holding Centre to just one goal in the second half. It was the third consecutive year Sewanee eliminated Centre in the conference tournament, as the Tigers were victorious over the Colonels in the 2013 SAA championship and a 2012 SCAC semifinal matchup.
Meg Hawthorne (Cary, N.C.) and Audrey Powers (Chattanooga, Tenn.) led the Colonels with two goals each, while Emily Madden (Louisville, Ky.) and Sarah Mastey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) each had a goal and an assist. Also scoring for Centre were Ellen Resinger (Louisville, Ky.) and Jacqueline Anderson (Louisville, Ky.). Sewanee's Mallory Grimm led all players with three goals.
Mastey and Hawthorne were named to the SAA All-Tournament Team along with Grimm and Crawford Horan. Horan was selected as the tournament's MVP after making eight saves in goal. Centre's Allison Eisner had six saves.
The Colonels got off to a quick start by scoring the first three goals and keeping Sewanee off the board for the first seven minutes of the game. The Tigers stormed back over the next four minutes, scoring four of the next five goals and tying the game at 4-4.
The game remained close the rest of the way with neither team leading by more than two until the final goal. Unfortunately for the Colonels, after a Hawthorne goal put them up 5-4, Sewanee would have the upper hand the rest of the way. Centre tied the score on two more occasions, including a 7-7 halftime score, but the Colonels never led again and Sewanee was able to pull away in the second half.
Centre held advantages in most of the statistical categories, but was hindered by finding the net on only one of 16 second half shots. Overall, Centre outshot Sewanee 31-21, held a 30-20 edge in ground balls and had a 14-7 advantage in draw controls.
Centre's record falls to 16-3 while Sewanee improves to 13-6. The Colonels will now wait to find out if they receive an NCAA Tournament bid when the field is announced next Sunday at 9:30 p.m.