Cyclones' Trio Leads Centenary Past Neumann

ASTON, Pa. (March 31, 2012) - Danielle Bay and Alysia Pinkerton scored six goals each, with Rebecca Balfour adding another five goals to help lead the Cyclones to a 20-13 win over Neumann University to remain unbeaten in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) play.

In a game of streaks, it was Centenary who opened the game with the first two goals. Bay scored on a free position shot just over a minute into the game, then assisted on a goal by Arden Wright a little over a minute later to give the Cyclones a 2-0 lead. Neumann answered with a streak of four straight goals however, taking a 4-2 lead less than ten minutes through the opening half. Centenary and the Knights traded the next two goals before Pinkerton would score two consecutive goals to tie the game at five at the 11:38 mark of the first half.

The Knights went ahead on an Alexandra Bohen goal, but did not get to enjoy the lead very long as Centenary and Rebecca Balfour went on a goal scoring frenzy. Bay retied the game at six with eight minutes to go in the half, before Balfour scored on three consecutive free position shots in the final minutes of the half to put Centenary up 9-6. Neumann would add a goal before the half, yet it was the Cyclones who took a 9-7 lead into the intermission.

The Knights scored the first goal of the second half, just 14 seconds in, closing to within a goal, but the Cyclones went on another extended goal streak. Pinkerton and Bay scored three goals apiece over the next 13 minutes to push the Centenary lead to 15-8, while also taking the clock down to the midway point of the final half.

The game continued to flow with the ups and downs of a heart monitor as Neumann scored the next three goals, followed by a stretch of three consecutive Centenary goals. After the back and forth surges, the Cyclones held an 18-11 lead with which they would not relinquish. Each team added two goals before the final horn, with Centenary prevailing 20-13.

In addition to their goals, Pinkerton and Balfour were also active in the neutral zone as Balfour controlled seven draws and scooped up six ground balls, while Pinkerton recorded six draw controls and six ground balls.

With the win, Centenary moves to 8-1 on the season and 4-0 in the CSAC. The Cyclones currently are tied with Marywood atop the CSAC standings and will next be in action on Tuesday, April 3rd as they step out of conference to play at Farmingdale State at 4:00 pm.

2012-03-31



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