Cyclones Storm Past SUNY Canton in Opener

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 4, 2012) Centenary hopped out to an early lead, controlling momentum the entire game of the season opener versus the SUNY-Canton Roos, eventually walking away with a 20-1 win.

Freshman Rebecca Balfour (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) opened the scoring for the Cyclones when the Roos failed to clear their zone by turning the ball over. Centenary stormed back into the offensive zone where junior Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) connected on a pass to Balfour who promptly deposited the ball past SUNY-Canton goalkeeper Holli-Jo Cota for the first goal of the 2012 season.

Centenary scored again under a minute later on a goal by senior Danielle Bay (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg), with a third goal coming just over five minutes into the game when Cyclones' junior Allie Swartz (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) scored off a free position shot.

Centenary, controlling tempo the entire time, scored eight goals to open the game before SUNY-Canton broke the shutout with a free position goal from Brittany DiBenendetto at the 11:04 mark of the first half.

The Cyclones would answer however, as Swartz would score an unassisted goal followed by another goal by Bay, this time coming while Centenary was playing a man-up. The Cyclones continued to put pressure on the Roos, outshooting SUNY-Canton 25-1 in the opening half leading to a 15-1 lead at the half.

Centenary slowed the tempo down in the second half, yet still managed five more goals including a goal by junior Arden Wright (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) while playing a man down, leading to the final 20-1 score.

Five different Cyclones scored multiple goals, led by Pinkerton's five goals. Bay contributed four goals on the afternoon while Swartz, Wright, and Balfour tallied three goals apiece. Pinkerton shined not only by scoring goals, as she put together a complete game by scooping up six ground balls and causing four turnovers while also controlling most of the draws on the day.

The Cyclones were flawless on clearing attempts, going 6-6, while stopping SUNY-Canton on all but one of their clear attempts. Junior Danielle Trucksess (Collingswood, N.J./Collingswood) had a quiet day in goal for Centenary facing only three shots en route to earning her first win of the season.

With the win, Centenary opens the season with a 1-0 record and will be in action next on Wednesday, March 7th, at 3:00 pm when the Cyclones host Cazenovia College.


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