Centre Downs Transylvania On the Road in Lexington




   On Tuesday night the two DIII teams in Kentucky went head to head. The Transylvania Pioneers welcomed the Centre Colonels to Lexington for what looked to be a pretty competitive game.
Well, this game was anything but that. The Colonels came in and did not mess around at all. The got straight to business and they put the Pioneers away very easily. Honestly, it wasn't even close. So, any of you all that voted in our Twitter poll only 14% guessed the winner right.


   This game was only the fifth all time meeting between these two schools. Centre leads the all time series 3-2. Centre started play in 2011 and Transylvania in 2014. Both teams have had great success, especially in their conferences. In fact, both teams have been to the DIII NCAA tournament before. Even though these two teams have been very close, the past two years Transylvania has been the more dominate team. The final of the 2017 meeting which was at Centre in Danville was a 23-3 Transylvania win. That is a beating. So, I guess you could say that Centre got revenge on the Pioneers for last year.

   Centre got out to a very hot start in this game. In the first quarter Centre found the back of the net four different times with three different players. By Halftime it would be 6-1 Centre. Transylvania would not find the back of the net until late in the second quarter. Transylvania had opportunities and they did get some shots off. It's just that they either made mistakes, missed the cage, or their shot was stopped. That really was the story of the game after Nick Bailey got them that one lone goal.

   In the second half, Centre came back out and put on an offensive clinic. They had three goals in the third. Those goals were the product of two different players. At the end of the third the score was 9-1 and then the final would be 10-1 Centre.

   Even though this game was pretty much a blowout each team had guys that stepped up and contributed to the team in many different ways. For Transylvania it was guys like Nick Bailey, T.J. Toivonen, Michael Webb, Paul Stickel, and Kris Stone that carried this team. That seems to be the usual cast for the Pioneers this year. Nick Bailey had the teams lone goal and T.J. Tovionen gobbled up 6 ground balls. Also, the Oregon native was named the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference defensive player of the week for the second time this year. Michael Webb was the man sitting in between the pipes and I know he does not like to see 10 goals go past him. He did however have 7 saves. Paul Stickel(Sticky P) won 3 of 11 faceoffs. That is not his best but he is still at 51.7% on the year. Kris Stone gets the toughness award for this game. The Louisville, KY native and 2016 Mr. Lacrosse has had to battle injury this season but he has still played very tough. He is mostly a faceoff man as he went 0-4 today. I saw him getting back and playing defense as a D Middie after losing the draw. That is not someting that you don't see out of every faceoff guy, especially at the college level.

   Centre had many guys that contributed as well. The guys that lead the Colonels to victory were Chase Poplin, Leland Gray, Jack Shannon, Padraic Dermody, Sam Long, and Lucas Mozingo. Chase Poplin put up a total of 3 goals while he also had an assist. Leland Gray had 3 goals while he also picked up just as many ground balls off the carpet. Jack Shannon found the net twice as he had two goals while also picking up 4 ground balls. Padraic Dermody lead the team in assist with 2. Dermody also picked up a ground ball as well. In between the pipes was Sam Long who had a great day. Long played 59 minutes and racked up 11 saves while only allowing 1 goal. At the faceoff dot Luca Mozingo went 10-13 which is very good. This Centre team just had a ton of guys step up all over the place. That is ultimately what drove them to victory.

   Each of these teams will have their next contest this weekend. Transylvania will play fellow conference for Grove City at home. Centre will also have a home game as they will play conference opponent Hendrix. I am pretty sure that both teams will be able to get a win this weekend and up themselves in their respective conferences.

Statistical Recap

Transylvania 

Centre 
1
Goals
10
31
Shots
29
28
Ground Balls
30
7
Saves
11
18-24
Clears
21-31
29
Turnovers
25
3
Face Offs Won
12
0-2
Man Up 
0-3

  One of the things that makes this game so special is the number of in state guys that each team has. Both Centre and Transylvania have a number of guys that are from the Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY areas. They really have been quite good at getting these kids and being successful with them on their rosters. So, a lot of these guys grew up playing with and against each in high school and even middle school. Here is a list of all the local kids that are currently on each teams roster.

Transylvania 
Hometown & High School
Centre 
Hometown & High School
Lexington, KY / Henry Clay
Louisville, KY / North Oldham
Louisville, KY / Ballard
Lexington, KY / Henry Clay
Louisville, KY / duPont Manual
Lexington, KY / Lexington Catholic
Lexington, KY / Lexington Catholic
Louisville, KY / Trinity
Louisville, KY / Trinity
Louisville, KY / St. Xavier
Lexington, KY / Lexington Catholic
Louisville, KY / Eastern
Lexington, KY / Henry Clay
Louisville, KY / Collegiate
Lexington, KY / Tates Creek
Louisville, KY / St. Xavier
Louisville, KY / Male
Louisville, KY / Kentucky Country Day
Louisville, KY / Trinity
Louisville, KY / Collegiate
Lexington, KY / Henry Clay
Lexington, KY / Henry Clay
Louisville, KY / St. Xavier


Louisville, KY / St. Xavier


Louisville, KY / Collegiate


Louisville, KY / North Oldham


Louisville, KY / Ballard




Richmond, KY / Madison Central


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