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April 3, 2011

Colonels pick up first conference win of the season by beating Oglethorpe

The Centre men's lacrosse team earned their first conference win of the season on Sunday, April 3 by beating Oglethorpe University 21-8 in Atlanta, Ga. Centre improved to 2-7 on the season and to 1-3 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Freshman Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.) put the Colonels on the board just 13 seconds in the game to give Centre the 1-0 advantage.

Oglethorpe tied the game at 1-0 following a goal by Arness Holsey with 12:18 remaining in the first quarter.

The Colonels responded by going on a 4-0 run during the remainder of the first quarter to take the 5-1 lead.

Freshman Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.) extended Centre's lead to 6-1 in the opening minutes of the second quarter.

Stubbs recorded his fourth goal of the game at the 10:48 mark of the second period to put the Colonels up 7-1.

Garret LeBlanc stopped the Colonels run by finding the back of the cage with 7:36 remaining in the second quarter.

Centre went on another 4-0 run and headed into halftime with an 11-2 lead.

The Colonels had 28 shots, 23 ground-balls, and they went 11-12 on clear attempts. Oglethorpe recorded 18 shots, 22 ground-balls, while going 6-13 on clears. The Stormy Petrels had the 9-15 advantage on face-offs.

Freshman goalkeeper Clayton Brown (Louisville, Ky.) posted 11 saves in the first 30 minutes of play. John Brewer had seven saves.

During the first 2:30 of the third quarter Centre was able to get the ball past Brewer to make it a 13-2 game.

Michael Kasmarik got the scoring going in the third period for the Stormy Petrels when he picked up a goal at the 11:44 mark.

The two teams would exchange goals and at the end of the third quarter the Centre lead was 15-4.

Oglethorpe began the fourth quarter by going on a 3-0 run to cut the Colonels lead down to pull within eight goals.

Centre answered by going on a 5-0 run of their own. Connors led the run, by picking up three of the goals and an assist during that time.

The Colonels lead was too large at that point for Oglethorpe to come from behind and Centre was able to take the 21-8 win.

Centre finished the game with 66 shots, 46 ground-balls, and they were successful on 18 of 19 clear attempts. The Stormy Petrels had 31 shots, 40 ground-balls, and went 12-26 on clears. Oglethorpe won 18 of the 32 face-offs, but they had 36 turnovers compared to the Colonels 22.

Brown finished the game with 12 saves for Centre.

Sophomore Scott Hughes (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Connors, and Stubbs each had five goals for Centre in the win. Connors also recorded three assists, while Stubbs had two.

Freshmen Eric Gilligan (Providence, R.I.), Charles Edwards (Louisville, Ky.), and Neil Borgman (Louisville, Ky.) each grabbed four ground-balls. Gilligan had four caused turnovers, as well, on the afternoon. Freshman Patrick Vaughn (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) went 5-9 on face-offs.

Holsey and Kasmarik both had three goals for the Stormy Petrels, while Austin Treadwell had seven ground-balls and he went 17-30 on face-offs. Gene Flathmann posted two caused turnovers.

Next up for the Colonels will be conference road game against Millsaps College on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.