Playing in their third straight road conference game the Centre men's lacrosse team was able to beat Millsaps College 21-3 on Friday, April 8 in Jackson, Miss. The Colonels are 3-7 on the season and 2-3 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Millsaps went ahead 1-0 in the first 2:46 of play after Hunter Stevison scored on a man-up situation.
The Colonels responded with a 10-0 run that was led by freshmen Zack Connors (Louisville, Ky.) and Connor Stubbs (Decatur, Ga.), as well as sophomore Scott Hughes (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who each had three goals.
Ryan McKay ended the Colonels run in the second period when he was able to find the back of the cage to put the score at 10-2 with just under 12:30 to play before halftime.
Centre then went on a 3-0 run to extend their lead to 13-2 and went into the break on a goal by freshman Will Richardson (Maplewood, N.J.).
The Colonels finished the first 30 minutes of play with 32 shots, 27 ground-balls, and they went 8-8 on clear attempts. Centre also won 14 of the 17 face-offs. Millsaps posted seven shots, 21 ground-balls, while going 4-9 on clear attempts.
Freshman Clayton Brown (Louisville, Ky.) had one save in the first two quarters. Chris Hood recorded seven saves for the Majors.
Millsaps was only able to get one goal in the final 30 minutes of play. The goal came at the 13:18 mark in the third period when Brandon Allison found the back of the cage to put the score at 14-3.
Centre used a 7-0 run to end the game and take the 21-3 win. The Colonels posted only one goal in the fourth period. Freshman Patrick Evans (Louisville, Ky.) had two of the Colonels eight goals in the third and fourth periods. Six different Colonels scored the remaining goals in the final two periods of play.
During the third and fourth quarters Centre posted 29 shots, 19 ground-balls, and they went 7-11 on face-offs, while going 6-7 on clear attempts. The Majors had six shots and they grabbed 10 ground-balls. Millsaps was also 7-11 on clears.
Brown finished the game with three saves and Hood had 13.
Connors led the Colonels in scoring with five goals on eight shot attempts. Freshman Patrick Vaughn (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) grabbed 13 ground-balls and he was 15-19 in face-offs. Freshman Jay Reed (Louisville, Ky.) had two caused turnovers in the game.
Kirk Clark had five ground-balls for the Majors. Hood, Taylor Weaver, and Taylor Page each had two caused-turnovers on the evening.
Next up for the Colonels will be a road conference game against Hendrix on Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Conway, Ark.