#9 Cavaliers Tame Cyclones, Extend CSAC Streak

Early in the game, the Cyclones looked like they were going to be able to run with the #9 Cavaliers as they responded from a 1-0 deficit with a great one-time goal by Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) directly in front of the Cabrini net thanks to a strong pass behind the net from junior Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) to even the game up at 1-1.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers tacked on two quick goals to jump ahead 3-1 before Michael Stephenson (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) attacked straight through the Cavalier defense thanks to a pass from Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) at the top of the attack zone to bring Centenary to within one goal of tying the game back up.

Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the goal must have sparked a fire in the Cavaliers as they responded back with eight unanswered goals in less than five minutes to take an 11-2 lead entering the half.

Coming out of halftime, the Cavaliers tacked on another goal before Nolan was able to pick up another Cyclone goal from about five yards away to bring the score to 12-3 with just under five minutes to go in the third.

Unfortunately the Cyclones could not score another goal until the last three minutes of the game, despite giving up seven goals to the Cavaliers. With just over three minutes remaining, Caven picked up a loose groundball just inside the Cavalier defensive zone and launched a one-hop goal into the Cabrini net to bring the score to 19-4.

Just over ten seconds later, Nuzzolese and Nolan teamed up again for the final goal of the game as Nolan took a groundball from the faceoff and dished it to Nuzzolese who would send it past the Cavalier goalie to bring the final score to 19-5.

Nolan led the Cyclones with one goal and two assists while picking up two groundballs while Nuzzolese took home two goals on the day. Senior Kyle Mcvay (North Brunswick, NJ, North Brunswick) was challenged a lot early on but held strong for the Cyclones, picking up 15 saves in the Cyclone loss.

In the game, the Cavaliers outshot the Cyclones 58-16 and picked up 49 groundballs to the 18 the Cyclones retrieved.

With the loss, the Cyclones fall to 2-7 on the season, including a 1-3 conference mark but look to bounce back on Saturday when they host DeSales at noon to kickoff a five-game homestead to round out the season.

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