Cyclones Rout Knights to Clinch Playoff Bid

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 26, 2012) - Centenary secured a spot in the CSAC tournament with a big 18-4 victory over Neumann in their final game of the regular season game on Thursday afternoon.

The Cyclones were led by the dominating duo of Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) and Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) who each posted up 11 points in the "Win and in, lose and your out" game. Gunn finished the day with three goals and eight assists while Nolan picked up five goals and six assists in the win.

The Cyclones jumped out early as Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) paired up with Gunn and Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) for back-to-back goals to put the Cyclones ahead 2-0 before Patrick Rose found the back of the Centenary net less than 20 seconds later to limit the lead to 2-1.

Following the goal, the Cyclones took advantage of nine Neumann penalties, combining for 11:30 in penalty minutes, to post up six consecutive goals to take a 8-2 lead entering the half.

Coming out of halftime, the Cyclones wasted no time as Nolan and Gunn teamed up only 47 seconds into the third quarter to put Centenary up 9-2 before allowing back-to-back goals by Sam Maldou to limit the lead to 9-4. From that point on, the Cyclones took advantage of many more costly Neumann penalties and held off the Knights offense to go on for an eventual 18-4 win and secure themselves the fourth seed in the CSAC Tournament.

With 2:56 left in the third quarter, freshman Brock Mininger (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham) posted up his second goal of his career while junior Anthony Ciaston (Florham Park, NJ, Hanover Park) picked up his first goal of the season with 5:10 to go in the game after missing a majority of the season due to injury.

The Cyclones also picked up a huge contribution from Caven who took home 16 of 19 faceoff victories, picking up 15 ground balls, two goals, an assist, and a caused turnover on the day. Defensively, the Cyclones were led by Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) who picked up seven groundballs while recording six caused turnovers.

In net, the Cyclones were led by their senior goalie Kyle Mcvay (North Brunswick, NJ, North Brunswick) who recorded 13 saves, two groundballs and a caused turnover to help bring the Cyclones to their first CSAC Tournament since his freshman year in 2009.

With the win, the Cyclones end the regular season with a 6-8 record overall, including a 4-3 record in conference. The victory also secures the Cyclones the fourth seed in next week's CSAC Tournament which lines them up to take on the #6 Cabrini College Cavaliers on Tuesday in Radnor, Pa.

2012-04-26



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