Centenary Makes up 8-Goal Deficit to Down Wesley

DOVER, Del. Goalkeeper Alyssa Batty made a season-high 23 saves but Centenary (N.J.) overcame an eight-goal deficit to beat the Wolverines, 13-12 on Monday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The loss moves Wesley back to .500 at 3-3 while the Cyclones remain unbeaten at 4-0.

Wesley scored the game's first eight goals, led by Jen Jacobs with three. Nina Cornog and Jessica Franklin also had two scores apiece in the first 18 minutes and 29 seconds.

Centenary finally got on the board with 11:17 remaining in the first half but after Alyssa Prudente answered 23 seconds later, the Cyclones closed out the half on a 5-1 run to cut Wesley's halftime lead to 10-6.

The Cyclones proceeded to score four-straight goals to start the second half to tie the game at ten with just over 20 minutes remaining in regulation. Franklin and Kaylee Miller then responded to put the Wolverines back on top by two with 15:48 left but Centenary scored the game's final three goals including the game-winner with 10:45 left to play.

The Wolverines were outshot, 46-22, but Batty kept them in it as the Cyclones were just 2-9 on free-position shots. Wesley was called for six yellow cards on the day.

Prudente had a team-high six points on two goals and four assists while Franklin led the Wolverines with four goals and seven draw controls. Cornog (2g, 1a) and Jacobs (3g) also had three points on the day.

Wesley caused 15 of Centenary's 19 turnovers, led by three by Elizabeth Groom. Tristin Burris, Jacobs, Cornog and Tori Dunbar also had two apiece.

The Navy & White, who ended its three-game homestand at 2-1, go on the road for two, starting with Trinity (D.C) on March 16, followed by a March 17 Capital Athletic Conference showdown at York (Pa.). Both games are 3:00 pm starts.

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DOVER, Del. (March 12, 2012) Centenary overcame a slow start at Wesley College to outlast the Wolverines 13-12 in non conference play.

The Cyclones were slow to start the game as they watched Wesley jump out to an 8-0 midway through the first half before Centenary Head Coach John McCloskey called a timeout to regroup. Junior Allie Swartz (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) made the tactic pay off as she controlled the ensuing draw and scoring less than 15 seconds later to put Centenary on the scoreboard.

After a Wolverines' goal, the Cyclones stormed back, scoring five consecutive goals between the 7:40 and 1:28 marks of the opening half to close the deficit to 9-6. Swartz added two goals during the outburst aiding the cause. Wesley would add another goal heading into the half to make the score 10-6, but it was Centenary, outshooting the Wolverines 19-18, who was carrying the momentum.

The second half opened in complete opposite fashion of the first half. This time it was the Cyclones who dominated play, firing 14 shots and scoring four goals before Wesley would answer. Senior Danielle Bay (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) opened the half bouncing a ball past the Wolverines' goalie cutting the score to 10-7. Junior Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) and freshman Rebecca Balfour (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) added two more goals to bring the Cyclones within one goal. Centenary finally climbed all the way back to tie the game when Swartz scored her fourth goal of the game, knotting the score at 10.

The Wolverines would regain footing by scoring the next two goals to once again go up by two, 12-10, but the Cyclones quickly responded. Bay won the draw and sent the ball to senior Meredith Bruce (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan). Bruce quickly passed to junior Nicole Judd (St. Louis, Mo./Lafayette Senior) who fired the ball past Wesley's Alyssa Batty in goal just 16 seconds after the Wolverines opened up a two goal differential.

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