Cyclones Suffer First CSAC Loss to Cabrini

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 5, 2012) - Five goals apiece from Danielle Bay and Meredith Bruce was not enough to hang with the late first half and second half push from the Cabrini Cavaliers, as Centenary lost its first CSAC game, 23-14, dropping the Cyclones to 8-2 on the season and 4-1 in conference.

The pivitol game began as if it might come down to the wire when the Cavaliers and Cyclones traded goals for the first four scores. Cabrini got on the board first, just 16 seconds into the game, but was answered just over a minute later by Allie Swartz who netted the equalizer to tie the game at one.

Cabrini stormed right back, however, scoring within thirty seconds to regain the lead. Centenary responded again within a minute, this time on the first of five goals from Bruce, tying the game at two. It would be the last time the game would be tied as Cabrini went on a seven goal run to take a 9-2 lead with 12:20 to go in the first half.

Centenary generated some momentum, scoring the next two goals, one each from Bay and Bruce to close to 9-4, but Cabrini had an answer for every Cyclones goal. The Cyclones would spend the remainder of the half trying to get closer than a four goal difference, but were held in check by the Cavaliers who would take a 12-7 lead into the half.

The Cyclones scored the first goal of the second half when Alysia Pinkerton found Bruce just a minute into the deciding half for a goal to cut the deficit to 12-8. Cabrini scored the next three goals, however to take a commanding 15-8 lead with 25 minutes to go.

Bay tried to bring the Cyclones back with two consecutive goals, once again closing to within five goals, but Cabrini's swarming defense would not allow the Centenary to get any closer.

Despite 13 saves from Centenary goalie Andrea Senkarik, Cabrini simply threw too many shots at Senkarik. The Cavaliers took 43 shots in the game, however it was the difference in free position attempts that told the story of the game.

The Cavaliers converted six of their nine free position shots into goals in contrast to the Cyclones who scored just twice in ten opportunities. Centenary either misfired wide or was stopped by Cabrini goalie Janel Folkomer leading to the free position goal disparity.

While the loss may be difficult to swallow, the Cyclones still remain among the CSAC leaders, with Marywood standing atop the conference with a 4-0 record. Cabrini and Centenary currently rest at 4-1 in conference with the Cyclones still to play Marywood.

The Cyclones will return to action next on Wednesday, April 11th when they travel to Gwynedd-Mercy to take on last season's CSAC Tournament winner, Gwynedd-Mercy at 4:00 pm.


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