Cyclones Down Neumann to Advance to CSAC Semifinals

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 28, 2012) - Centenary used four consecutive goals to open the second half to take control of its CSAC tournament first round game versus the Neumann Knights, coming away with a 13-9 win.

The Cyclones used an opportunistic offense and a stifling defense to control Neumann, never allowing the Knights to take more than a one goal lead before breaking out in the second half to open up some breathing room en-route to the win.

Centenary opened the scoring one minute into the game when Alysia Pinkerton fired a shot past Knights' goalie Sam Kotowski on a free position shot. In a game that saw four ties in the first half, Neumann came back to knot the score at one when Suzanne Sheehan scored a man down goal at the 24:56 mark of the first half. The Knights would take their first lead six minutes later on the first of five goals from Alexandra Bohen.

Down 2-1, Centenary scored the next two goals to re-tie, then retake the lead. Danielle Bay scored at 13:22 on a free position shot, then fed Allie Swartz a minute and a half later for the go ahead goal giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead.

As the clock ticked under 10 minutes in the opening half, Neumann put together two straight goals to tie, then take a 4-3 lead. The Cyclones again found themselves down a goal, but quickly evened the score again as Swartz found an old friend in Hannah Ally with a pass which was promptly deposited into goal tying the score at four.

It would be the final time the game would be even as the Cyclones fired home two more goals in the final minutes of the half, the first of which coming from Meredith Bruce. Bay, with less than two minutes remaining in the half, received a pass just into the Neumann zone and fought through a triple team, to fire a shot into the back of the net to take a 6-4 lead.

The Knights closed to within one goal when Sheehan scored her second goal of the game with :32 seconds remaining in the half, but it was the Cyclones who maintained a lead at intermission.

Centenary came out of the halftime break and quickly took control of the game, scoring the first four goals of the second half to open a five goal lead at 10-5. Bay scored the first goal of the half off a free position shot, pushing the score to 7-5. Pinkerton then scored the next two goals unassisted to increase the lead to 9-5. Swartz scored the fourth goal with 21:37 to go when the Knights turned the ball over allowing Swartz to pick up a loose ball and fire it home to give Centenary a five goal lead.

Leading to the Cyclones' goals were critical stops made by the Centenary defense. The Cyclones caused 23 turnovers by the Knights,

with four different Centenary players registering three caused turnovers. Nicole Judd, controlled the midfield, recording five draw controls and picking up six ground balls, while causing three turnovers on the day. In goal for Centenary, Andrea Senkarik came up with several saves on close range shots from Neumann. Senkarik finished the game with seven saves, and praise from Head Coach John McCloskey.

"She [Senkarik] has had some moments where she has had to step up, and she has done that more and more. She works very hard, and if she continues to work harder and harder, she will get better and better."

Centenary seemed to have a tight grip on the game after scoring the four goals in the second half, but Neumann was not going away as the Knights broke through for two straight goals, both by All-CSAC First Teamer Alexandra Bohen to close to 10-7. The Cyclones answered right back with two goals from their own killer "B" as Meredith Bruce scored at the 16:22 mark, and again in a man-up situation with 12:31 to go in the game.

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