Centre falls in OT in field hockey tourney

November 07, 2004

The Centre College field hockey team suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to Rhodes in the first round of the inaugural Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday.

Rhodes (10-4) got an unassisted goal from Christie Mueller with 13:12 left in the extra period to beat host Centre (2-15).

The Colonels outshot Rhodes 9-7, and goalkeeper Ann Guag-liardo had three saves. Rhodes' Alice Cowley had four saves.

Centre will play DePauw in the third-place game at noon today. Sewanee, which defeated DePauw 2-1 Saturday, will play Rhodes for the championship at 2 p.m.


At Jackson, Miss., Centre saw its postseason hopes dashed with losses in two of four matches Friday and Saturday in an SCAC cross-divisional.


Centre opened Friday with a 30-19, 30-23, 30-25 loss to No. 7 Trinity.

"They are so strong, and they're No. 7 in the country for a reason," Centre coach Stephanie Dragan said. "We would shut down one facet of their game and they would just turn up another one."

But Dragan said Centre defender Megan McElveen, who had 19 digs, held her own.

"Megan was basically in kamikaze defense back there, and she did a great job," Dragan said.

Sarah Burger had 12 kills, and Leah Ballinger had 30 assists and two aces.

Centre came back to defeat Hendrix 30-18, 30-16, 30-22, getting five solo blocks and two assists from Shannon Stribos.

McElveen had 14 digs, Ballinger had 36 assists and Whitney Faust had nine kills and three aces.

On Saturday, Centre saw its last hope for postseason play fade away with a 30-21, 30-16, 30-14 loss to Southwestern, which was also fighting for its postseason life.

Southwestern had 79 digs in three games.

"Today they were just a better, bigger, faster team than we were, and it was very disappointing," Dragan said.

Ballinger had 30 assists, McElveen had 17 digs and Burger had 13 kills.

With nothing left to play for, Centre then lost 30-25, 34-32, 21-30, 26-30, 19-17 to Millsaps.

Ellie Exner had a career-high 30 digs. Ballinger had 50 assists; Stribos had two solo blocks and six assists.

Centre plays Rhodes today.

Women's Soccer

At Sewanee, Tenn., Centre closed its season with a 3-2 loss to Sewanee after giving up a pair of second-half goals.

Centre (3-8-3) led 1-0 when Nikki Hollabaugh scored off a pass from Clay McCollum 5:21 into the game, but Sewanee (14-4) tied the game on a penalty kick later in the first half.

The Tigers scored twice in five minutes early in the second half. Centre got one more goal when Laura Heil headed Maggie Ray's corner kick into the goal.

Centre coach Jay Hoffman said he hopes his seniors' efforts this season will pay off in the future.

"Hopefully their hard work will be the roots for future players that go through Centre College," he said.

Men's Soccer

At Sewanee, Tenn., Centre ended its season with a 2-1 win over Sewanee thanks to goals by Chas Werner and Stan Simek.

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