Seniors Shine as Cyclones Storm Past Immaculata

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 14, 2012) - Centenary's seniors were on full display as Cyclones from the class of 2012 turned in an extra strong performance on the way to defeating the Immaculata Mighty Macs 18-6 in Colonial States Athletic Conference action.

The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead with Meredith Bruce delivering the first goal of the game of an assist from fellow senior Danielle Bay. After a Centenary goal a minute later from Rebecca Balfour, Bay netted a goal of her own off a free positoin shot to give the Cyclones a 3-0 lead under ten minutes into the game.

Centenary continued to dominate the game, scoring four more times before the Mighty Macs would find the net at the 4:14 mark of the first half to cut the score to 7-1. Immaculata would score another goal before the half to head into the intermission down 7-2 but knowing Centenary had a tight grip of the game.

Cyclones controlled the pace of play in the first half, out shooting the Mighty Macs 21-9 and turning the ball over seven fewer times than Immaculata.

Centenary came out of halftime scoring the first two goals of the half to rebuild the lead to 9-2. Allie Swartz scored a little more than a minute into the second half, followed by another goal by Bruce.

The offense was not the only unit asserting themselves as seniors Chelsea Gummerson and Kim Kupper controlled the defensive zone. Gummerson caused six turnovers and picked up six ground balls in the effort, while Kupper caused four turnovers annd grabbed five ground balls.

The Cyclones went on a six goal run during a ten minute stretch to push the lead to 15-3 midway through the second half. Alysia Pinkerton scored three of her game high four goals during the run to give Centenary a more than adequate cushion.

The Mighty Macs scored four more times in the game, but were countered by three more goals from Centenary resulting in the final score of 18-6. Eight different Cyclones scored goals Balfour producing a well rounded game with three goals, 10 ground balls, and five caused turnovers.

The Cyclones, who had their first winning season in 2009 when the 2012 seniors were freshman, provided a decisive win on a day when the senior class of Danielle Bay, Meredith Bruce, Kellie Dugan, Chelsea Gummerson, Kim Kupper, Kelly Nielsen and Kelsey Walter were honored for their achievements.

Centenary is back in action on Monday at home when the Cyclones host the College of Mount Saint Vincent at 4:00 pm.


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