Cyclones Overpower the Gators to Stay Unbeaten

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (March 24, 2012) - The Cyclones remain unbeaten after a solid start-to-finish 22-11 victory over CSAC opponent, Notre Dame of Maryland University, improving to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in CSAC play.

Centenary controlled the key components of the game, as they have over the strong start. The Cyclones outshot the Gators 40-24 and secured more ground balls, 41-26, than Notre Dame of Md. leading to the win.

The Cyclones once again jumped out to an early lead, receiving two goals in the first three minutes, both from Meredith Bruce, putting Centenary up 2-0. Notre Dame of Md. came back with a goal from Allison Terry, who would go on to score five of the Gators' 11 goals, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Centenary answered Terry's goal with seven consecutive goals, including two more from Bruce, and two from Rebecca Balfour during the barrage. The seven goal outburst provided the Cyclones with a 9-1 lead heading into the final five minutes of the first half, but the Terry and the Gators closed the gap, scoring three times in the final five minutes, cutting the score to 9-4. The Cyclones bounced back again, with Alysia Pinkerton scoring a man-up goal with :32 seconds remaining in the half to push the lead to 10-4 at the half.

The second half began quitely, with neither team scoring in the first three minutes. The Gators scored the first goal of the half in a man-down situation to cut the deficit to five before Danielle Bay scored twice for Centenary to bring the Cyclones' lead to 11-5. The Gators scored two of the next three goals however, to once again keep the game within reach.

Bruce scored two goals, along with goals from Bay and Arden Wright to build what looked to be in insurmountable 17-7 lead with 13 minutes remaining, yet Notre Dame of Md. came firing right back with three goals in a row to bring the game within seven again.

The Cyclones would finally put the game away, scoring four of the last five goals including man-down goals from Bay and Allie Swartz giving Centenary a 21-11 win.

Bruce posted another impressive game, scoring six goals, to give her a team high 27 goals. Balfour tallied four points on three goals and an assist, while picking up six ground balls. Defensively, the Cyclones were led by Chelsea Gummerson who caused two turnovers, grabbed five ground balls and had two clears single handedly.

Centenary will next face their second consecutive team from Baltimore, Md., this time traveling to the Charm City to take on Goucher College in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:00 pm.

2012-03-24



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