Offensive Trio Strikes Again, as Cyclones Top Hornets

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 14, 2012) - Centenary's offensive trio of Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City), Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata), and Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) attacked once again as they combined for eight goals and five assists in a 9-4 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday.

The Cyclones wasted no time attacking as they responded from a big save by Kyle Mcvay (North Brunswick, NJ, North Brunswick) and stormed back to the attack zone where Nolan found Gunn for Centenary's first goal to put them up 1-0 just under two minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later, the Cyclones capitalized on a man-up opportunity following a slashing call against the hornets as Nuzzolese attacked the net off a pass from Gunn to put Centenary up 2-0.

Unfortunately with 8:30 left in the game, the Cyclones found themselves in the penalty box on a slashing call to put the Hornets ahead, and despite the Cyclones ability to hold off the minute penalty, the Hornets came back and scored just after the penalty was released to limit the lead to 2-1.

After losing the next faceoff, the Cyclone defense stood tall as they forced the Hornets to commit a 30-second violation and turn the ball over. Following the turnover, the Cyclone offense took over as Nolan ripped a shot that hit off the post, but Nuzzolese was able to pick up the groundball to keep the drive alive. Only 30 seconds after Nolan's shot, Steve Orsini (Sewell, NJ, Washington Township) ripped a shot of his own that found the back of the net to put Centenary back on top 3-1.

Coming out of a quick Cyclone timeout at 4:41, Orsini forced a Hornet turnover to set up another Centenary drive. After working through the Hornet defense, Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) found Nuzzolese in front of the net to put the Cyclones ahead 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The Cyclones didn't wait long to attack in the second quarter as Noland and Gunn teamed up for another Cyclones goal coming out of a timeout to extend the lead to 5-1. It wouldn't take long after to tack on another goal as Orisni won another faceoff to initiate the Cyclones offense before Gunn attacked the net for another unassisted goal of his own to put them ahead 6-1.

After a series of turnovers at midfield, the Hornets came out attacking as David Estoclet picked up a big groundball to lead to a Bryan Pope goal from Sean Mack to limit the deficit to 6-2 entering the half.

Coming out of the half, Nolan and Gunn would team up for two more Cyclones goals to put them ahead 8-2 before the defense allowed the Hornets a goal of their own with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter to bring the game to 8-3.

With just under 13 minutes left in the game, the Hornets capitalized on a costly Cyclone turnover as Pope drove into the zone for another Shenandoah goal to bring the score down to 8-4.

Fortunately for the Cyclones, the defense would hold strong as the offense tacked on another goal by Gunn to lead them to an eventual 9-4 conference victory over the Hornets.

With his fifth of 10 faceoffs won today, Orsini picked up his 100th career faceoff win in a Cyclone jersey and finished the day with a goal, 18 groundballs, and a caused turnover. Gunn finished the game with three goals, four assists, four groundballs, and two caused turnovers while Nolan finished with three goals, an assist, five groundballs, and a caused turnover on the day.

McVay picked up the win for the Cyclones after recording 13 saves to bring the Cyclones to 4-7 on the season including a 2-3 conference mark. The Cyclones look to keep pushing forward next week as they host Drew University at 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

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