Centenary Falls in CSAC Semifinals to Gwynedd-Mercy

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (May 5, 2010) The Centenary women's lacrosse team suffered a hard-fought 14-12 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy in the semifinals of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament, Wednesday in Hackettstown, N.J. The loss dropped the Lady Cyclones to 13-2 while GMC improved to 9-8. The Griffins move on to face top-seed Cabrini on Saturday at noon.

Sophomore Danielle Bay (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) led the way with five points on four goals and an assist, while senior Megan Mars (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) (four goals) and freshman Allie Swartz (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) (two goals, two assists) each tallied four points.

Senior Kiti Ovaskainen (Helsinki, Finland/Vaskivuoren Lukio) recorded two goals and a game-high seven groundballs. Goalie LeslieAnn Pritchard (Port Byron, N.Y./Port Byron) finished with 12 saves and five groundballs in the loss. GMC's Colleen Dellostretto led the Griffins with four goals, one assist, six draw controls and one groundball.

Gwynedd-Mercy opened the game with a 3-0 run before Swartz tallied to put Centenary on the board. Two more goals for the Griffins gave them a 5-1 advantage, but Ovaskainen, Mars and Swartz all scored to bring CC to within one, at 5-4. GMC then finished the half on a 4-1 run and went into halftime with a 9-5 lead.

Bay scored twice in the first two minutes of the second period to cut the edge to 9-7, but that was as close as the Cyclones would get. GMC won 10 draw controls in the stanza to CC's three and was able to hold on for the two-goal victory.


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