Centre scores with three seconds left to win SAA Tournament over Sewanee

Centre scores with three seconds left to win SAA Tournament over Sewanee

SEWANEE, Tenn. (April 27, 2014) – Centre attacker Mitchell Kraus scored a man-down goal with three seconds left to lift the Colonels past the Sewanee men's lacrosse team, Sunday, to win the SAA Tournament, 11-10, at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

The loss was Sewanee's first conference defeat this season, after the Tigers won the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record.

A tight match throughout, Sewanee got on the board first when Davis Brown scored off a pass from Matthew Stiefel.

Sumner Franklin then tied the match at 1-1. After the Colonels took their first lead, Sewanee tied the match six seconds later when Stiefel scored off a face-off win from Geoff Pippin.

Centre would then close the first with three straight goals before Stiefel cut the Tiger deficit to 5-3 with a late score.

Sewanee would eventually pull to within one by halftime, after Hayden Byrd and Michael Morris helped the Tigers outscored Centre in the second period 3-2.

The Tigers took back the lead early in the third period. George Bukawyn and Byrd added back-to-back goals during a two-minute stretch.

The Colonels and Tigers ended the period tied, 8-8.

In the fourth, Franklin pushed Centre back ahead with 12:45 left. A minute later, Reed Daniel tied the match at 9-9 when he scored despite being checked on the play.

After Kraus and Byrd traded goals midway through the period, Sewanee had a golden opportunity with 2:46 left. An illegal stick penalty was called on the Colonels giving Sewanee a man-up opportunity the remainder of the match.

Despite three shots over the final two minutes, Sewanee was unable to score. With 21 seconds left, Centre cleared the ball and called timeout. Then with seven seconds remaning, Kraus took the ball from the left corner and scored.

Sewanee will now wait to see if they receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

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