"They were focused and ready to win another conference match," Dragan said. "The season is nearing an end, and they are still hungry."
In the second match of the day, SCAC leader Trinity swept the Colonels 30-15, 30-17, 30-25.
At Sewanee, Tenn., the Centre women were second and the men were third Saturday in their first invitational of the season at Sewanee.
"This is a fantastic start to our season," Centre coach Dean Brownlee said. "It was just a great team effort for us to get this close, and it was a big upset for (the women) to beat Cumberland."
The women scored 504 points to finish 196 behind Sewanee and 49 ahead of Cumberland. They trailed Cumberland by 20 points before Katie Creel, Michelle Swiderski and Heidi Lampela finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard breaststroke for 52 points.
Ann Tarter was ninth in total points and the first of seven Centre women in the top 25. She broke meet records in the 100 freestyle (56.52) and 100 butterfly (1:02.23) and finished second in both events, and she was third in the 200 freestyle.
Centre had five scorers in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and four in the 100 backstroke.
For the men, freshman Dustin Schulten earned the only wins of the day, setting meet records in 1- and 3-meter diving with 236.76 and 220.43 points, respectively.
J.P. Isele was second in the 100 butterfly, Stephen Calender was third in the 400 individual medley and Will Adams was third in the 500 and 1-mile freestyle races.
The men had 397 points to finish behind Cumberland and Sewanee.
At Conway, Ark., Centre blanked Hendrix 5-0 after Jacob Sither stopped two breakaways to preserve a 1-0 halftime lead and the Colonels poured on four goals in the second half.
Sither's two stops and Matt Walksler's diving header off Trey Janes' impressive pass staked Centre (11-5-1, 5-3 SCAC) to a 1-0 lead.
"Janes was one of the most dominant players on the field today," Centre coach Jeb Burch said. "And give Sither some credit for two very special saves."
Patrick Foley scored twice in the second half, once off a pass from Janes and once when he deflected Mike Weckenbrock's shot. Scott Daughtridge scored off an assist from Jeff Thornbury, and Stan Simek scored from 35 yards out off David Horn's pass.
Centre plays at Rhodes today in its season finale, hoping to spoil Rhodes' NCAA Tournament hopes and keep its own slim postseason hopes alive.
At Conway, Ark., Maggie Ray had two goals and two assists in Centre's 5-0 win over Hendrix.
Ray assisted Kim Lacy's goal to open the scoring 21 minutes into the game, deflected a corner kick off a Hendrix defender and sent in a corner kick that Nikki Hollabaugh headed into the net to give Centre (7-6-1, 5-4 SCAC) a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, she sent in a direct kick from 30 yards out to make it 4-0, and Mary Lacy capped the scoring with her first career goal.
"It was a very well-played game. They're playing very well, very relaxed," Centre coach Gina Nicoletti said.
Centre visits Rhodes today for its season finale.