Cyclones Unable to Tame the Griffins

GWYNEDD-VALLEY, Pa. (March 28, 2012) - After allowing four goals in the first quarter, Centenary was unable to respond, and they fell to the Gwynedd-Mercy Griffins 8-4 on Wednesday night.

After winning the initial faceoff, the Griffins came out attacking early on, taking four consecutive shots on Cyclone goalie Kyle Mcvay (North Brunswick, NJ, North Brunswick) who was able to keep the ball out of the net until a fifth shot eventually made it past him to put the Griffins ahead 1-0.

Following a missed Cyclone shot, the Griffins were called for a slashing penalty which the Cyclones were able to quickly take advantage of as Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) ripped a man-up shot home from Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) to even the game up at 1-1.

Unfortunately, the Griffins responded with four consecutive goals, including three with the man-advantage, to give them a 5-1 lead entering the half.

Gwynedd-Mercy continued to attack coming out of halftime as they capitalized on a big Cyclone turnover to eventually find the back of the net to extend their lead to 6-1.

Following that goal however, the Cyclone offense began to fire up as Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) won the faceoff to lead to a big Steve Orsini (Sewell, NJ, Washington Township) goal to spark a Centenary rally.

Less than a minute later, the Cyclones found themselves taking advantage of a Griffin turnover as Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) attacked the Gwynedd-Mercy net to tack on another Cyclone goal, bringing the game to 6-3.

After a big Centenary timeout, the Cyclones attacked back with back-to-back shots by Gunn before the second found the back of the net to limit the Griffin lead to 6-4.

Unfortunately the third quarter rally was all the Cyclones could pull out as they allowed two more Griffin goals in fourth to go on and eventually fall 8-4 in their second conference match of the season.

Defensively, Sean Lowe (Westminster, MD, Westminster) led the Cyclones with three groundballs and a caused turnover.

With the loss, the Cyclones fall to 2-5 on the season, including a 1-1 conference mark, but look to bounce back on Saturday with a home opener against conference foe Marywood at 2:00 pm.


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