Early Goals Propel Cyclones Past Cazenovia

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 7, 2012) Centenary senior Meredith Bruce (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater) scored eleven seconds into the game, quickly followed by a second goal a minute later by junior Allie Swartz (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) giving the Cyclones all the momentum needed to defeat Cazenovia College.

Centenary continually pressured the Wildcats in the opening minutes of the first half, leading to five goals in all before Cazenovia would respond with a goal at the 13:53 mark to narrow the Centenary lead to 5-1. The scoring went on hiatus for over ten minutes until the Cyclones received a third goal from Swartz who would go on to score four goals on the day.

The Cyclones would notch another goal less than a minute later when freshman Brittlyn Dendy (Waldwick, N.J./Waldwick) raced around a defender to deliver the ball into the net. Cazenovia, determined to remain within striking distance, closed the gap to 7-3 on two goals by Christy Foster in the final two minutes of the half including a free position goal while a man-up to send the game into the half with Centenary leading 7-3.

The Cyclones opened the second half much like the first by scoring two goals in the first two minutes when Bruce and Dendy each fired balls past the Cazenovia goalie, Christina Marra. Centenary put two more goals on the board on free position shots by Bruce and senior Danielle Bay (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) to push the lead to 11-3 five minutes into the second half.

In addition to the continued offense, Centenary tightened up the defense in the second half as well, allowing nine shots by Cazenovia compared to the 13 shots fired by the Wildcats in the opening half. Junior goalie Danielle Trucksess (Collingswood, N.J./Collingswood) was strong in goal for the Cyclones making ten saves on the afternoon while allowing just four goals en route to a 15-4 win.

In addition to the performances by Bruce and Swartz, Danielle Bay finished with a game high five goals while assisting on another. Defensively, the Cyclones were helped by senior Kim Kupper (Lyndhurst, N.J./Lyndhurst) who caused three Cazenovia turnovers and picked up three groundballs.

With the win Centenary improves to 2-0 on the season and will next play on Saturday, March 10th, when the Cyclones make the trip to Camden to face the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors at 1:00 pm.

2012-03-07



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