Hornets Fall to Centre 10-6

Kira Castle
Kira Castle

For immediate release – 3/26/2014 - #276
Hornets Fall to Centre 10-6

LYNCHBURG, VA – Centre College scored seven goals in the second-half, including a late four-goal run, to defeat the Lynchburg College women's lacrosse team 10-6 on Wednesday.

Defense was the story of the game, as Lynchburg committed a season-high 25 turnovers, with 14 coming in the first half.  The Colonels committed 21 turnovers and failed on eight of their 19 clear attempts.  LC struggled greatly in the same category, completing only five of its 19 clear attempts.

Centre started off the first period forcing an early turnover.  Meg Hawthorne got off the first shot of the game, but it was stopped by Hailey Bossert to keep the scoreboard clean.  After both teams committed turnovers, Katherine Francis fired a shot into the back of the net to give the Hornets the lead.  After that, it became the goalie show.

The Hornets peppered the Colonels cage but Allison Eisner saved four straight shots before Bossert stopped three of her own on the other end, including a free-position shot.  LC then had four shots on one possession, one was blocked and another hit the post, but no one could put it in the back of the net.  After the successful clear by CC, Bossert made another save, but then she could not handle the Ellen Resinger shot after she scooped up the rebound, and the score was tied at 1-1 with 13:25 left on the clock.  Nearly four minutes later, Caroline Kilby took back the lead for LC after taking a pass from Bri Slate and getting it by Eisner.  Hawthorne then tied it up at 6:43 after another Hornet turnover.

It looked as if the score would remain tied going into the break, but Caroline Carozza thought otherwise.  With 16 seconds remaining, she took Kilby's pass and she scored her 14th of the year.

The Colonels started the second half quickly, scoring less than one minute in.  After Sarah Mastey picked up the draw control, Centre worked the ball around and Mastey scored off of a pass from Jacqueline Anderson.  After a series of saves by Eisner, Kilby scored her team-leading 16th goal of the year.

Once again a series of turnovers led Centre to its tying goal.  Resinger hit Hawthorne at 26:46, and Hawthorne tallied her second of the game.  The Colonels then took the lead on a free position-shot by Mastey at 25:19.  Both teams stayed off the scoreboard for over ten minutes, until CC once again capitalized off a Lynchburg turnover.  Hawthorne finished the hat trick after getting the ball back to give Centre a two-goal lead at 14:27.

Coach Bruce Reid called a timeout, and LC responded with two shots on net.  The first was saved by Eisner, but Slate scored on the second one to put the score at 6-5.  The Colonels held the ball for the next two minutes before Hawthorne notched her fourth of the night.

Over the next seven minutes, Centre scored three goals to take a 10-5 lead.  Francis won the next draw control and scored shortly after to put the score at 10-6, but neither team would tally another for the rest of the game.

Hawthorne and Mastey each tallied four goals for the Colonels (9-1 overall).  Hawthorne also picked up four groundballs and caused three turnovers, along with assisting on one other goal.  Eisner stopped nine shots on the evening.

Bossert made 11 saves for the  Hornets and Grace Finnerty had an impressive day defensively.  She picked up three groundballs, two draw controls, and caused three turnovers.  Helen Boniface corralled five groundballs and forced two turnovers. 

The Hornets (3-5) end their four-game homestand on Saturday as they return to Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play.  Crosstown rival Randolph College comes to Shellenberger Field with the game set to begin at 7 p.m.