Gophers Put an End to Cyclones' Unbeaten Start

TOWSON, Md. – Goucher held the second highest scoring team in the nation to 13 goals and put up 24 of its own to knock off previously-undefeated Centenary, 24-13.

Goucher had a balanced attack, with five players scoring three or more goals, led by Hannah Khin’s seven-goal effort.

After Centenary took its only lead of the game, 2-1, Goucher rattled off five straight goals to take a lead it would never relinquish.

After Centenary pulled within one, 9-8, Goucher scored five straight again, including three from Khin, spanning the end of the first period and the start of the second.

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TOWSON, Md. (March 27, 2012) - The Cyclones' unbeaten start to the season came to an end in Baltimore, as the Goucher College Gophers used a strong end of the first half, and a quick start to the second to send Centenary home with its first loss, 24-13.

The Cyclones opened the scoring when Danielle Bay netted a goal just over two minutes into the game. The lead would not last, however as the Gophers tied the game two minutes later, foreshadowing the back and forth nature of the contest.

Centenary reclaimed the lead a minute later when Rebecca Balfour found Meredith Bruce with a pass which was promptly deposited into net for the 2-1 Cyclones lead.

The Gophers dug in, and stormed ahead with five consecutive goals, taking a 6-2 lead at the 20:45 mark of the opening half. Balfour answered quickly after the last Goucher goal, scoring at 20:02 to cut the lead to 6-3. Centenary and Goucher would trade goals for the next seven scores, pushing the score to Goucher - 9, Centenary - 6 as the game reached the midway point of the first half.

Bruce and Balfour netted the next two goals, bringing the Cyclones to within 9-8, but Goucher responded with the next three goals to grow its lead to four at the half, 12-8.

Goucher started strong in the second half, scoring four of the first five goals to improve its lead to 16-9. Centenary got a goal from Allie Swartz, but the Gophers, unphased pushed ahead to 19-10 with 20 minutes remaining.

Bruce scored a goal to keep the game within reach at 19-11, but Goucher snapped back with a goal just :20 seconds later to regain a nine goal lead.

The Gophers controlled the play for most of the second of the half, increasing their lead to as many as 12 before eventually coming away with the 24-13 win. In the loss, Meredith Bruce paced the Cyclones with five goals with Rebecca Balfour contributing four goals in the effort.

Although the defeat is the first blemish on the Cyclones' record, Centenary remains unbeaten in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) play at 3-0. The Cyclones are in action next when they travel to Aston, Pa. to take on the Neumann Knights in CSAC action.

2012-03-27



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