Centenary Suffers First Loss on Visit to Whittier

WHITTIER, Calif. (March 17, 2010) Sophomore goalie Kyle McVay (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Twp.) stopped a career-high 18 shots but it was not enough as the Centenary men's lacrosse team (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Whittier (4-3), 16-7, Wednesday in Whittier, Calif. The defeat ended the three-game winning streak for the Cyclones while the victory stopped a three-game losing skid for the Poets.

Centenary was out-shot, 52-24, including 34-14 in shots on goal. WC grabbed 48 groundballs to the Cyclones' 20 and won 19 faceoffs to Centenary's eight.

McVay's previous personal-best in saves was 15, set against Stockton on March 21, 2009. Offensively, the Cyclones were led again by freshman Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata), who tallied three goals and two assists. Senior Jason Rieg (Chester, N.J./West Morris Central) contributed two goals and two assists and freshmen Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) and Chris White (Middle Twp., N.J./Middle Twp.) scored a goal apiece. Sam Russell led Whittier with four goals and two assists.

The home team held a 4-2 lead after the first period but scored seven goals in the second quarter to take an 11-5 lead into halftime. Centenary scored the first goal in the third stanza as Nolan found the back of the net off an assist from Rieg, but Whittier tallied five consecutive scores to put the game out of reach.

The Cyclones return to action on Wednesday, March 24, with a game at in-state rival Kean at 7:00 p.m.


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