Rhodes tops Centre for its fifth straight SAA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Rhodes tops Centre for its fifth straight SAA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Memphis, Tenn. (April 28, 2019) - Top-seeded Rhodes defeated No. 3 seeded Centre, 14-10, to win its fifth straight Southern Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championship.

Aidan Pike scored early as the Lynx took the lead just 35 seconds after the game began but a free position goal for the Colonels tied the game a minute later. Centre pressured the Lynx in the midfield who committed three failed clears in a row before Centre took their only lead with 20:29 to go in the first half. Five straight goals gave the Lynx a 6-2 lead until Centre closed the half with two goals. 

In the second half, Sarah Delahunt scored first for Rhodes before Centre posted a goal and Bailey Bennett answered with a man-up goal to give Rhodes an 8-5 lead. Centre posted two man-up goals to pull within one before Rhodes went on another five-goal run to lead 13-7 with 5:25 to go. Centre closed the game on a 3-1 run as they finish the year 14-5 overall. 

Centre managed to hold a 14-12 draw control advantage and a 35-28 shot advantage, the first time a conference opponent has done so this season. It was a highly contested game as Centre received four yellow cards and Rhodes was handed three yellows and two green cards.

Rhodes goalkeeper Lauren Lazure made 17 saves in the game including 10 in the second half to help keep Rhodes' season alive. Junior Aubrey Gray led Rhodes with four points on two goals and two assists while freshman Peyton Bennett recorded a hat trick. Freshman Baylee Barker led the Lynx with five draw controls while Centre's Mary Katherine Hardy led the game with eight. 

With the win, the Lynx will head back to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament. The 2019 selection show will be on ncaa.com on Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET.