Cyclones' 2013 Lacrosse Season Preview

Hackettstown, N.J. (February 12, 2013) - The 2013 Centenary Cyclones have only one expectation this season - to stay the course and improve every day.

"There are going to be peaks and there are going to be valleys in every game and throughout the season as a whole," said head coach Matt Klank. "I want my guys to never get too high or get too low-just stay the course and get better with every practice and every game."

The Cyclones are looking to take the next steps towards a conference championship this season after finishing 6-9 overall and 4-3 in the CSAC in 2012.

There's a certain buzz building around the men's lacrosse team that hasn't been present in recent history due to the pieces of the 2013 roster already in place. This season the Cyclones are returning their top six scorers from a year ago and it begins with co-captains Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) and Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata).

Gunn, who transferred to Centenary last season and was named a captain within a month, had a breakout season for the Cyclones leading the team in goals (38) and points (70) en route to a First Team All-Conference selection. Meanwhile Nolan, a three-year captain for Centenary, continued his fantastic career leading team in assists (32) and finished second on the team in points (59) resulting in an Honorable Mention nod.

In addition to the fire power of Gunn and Nolan, the Cyclones also welcome back All-Conference Honorable Mention member Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) who finished second on the team with 32 goals. They are also happy to return their groundball leader and top faceoff man, Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury), who also finished fourth on the team in scoring with 23 points.

Defensively the Cyclones will look to the veteran leadership of senior Sean Lowe (Westminster, MD, Westminster) who earned Second Team All-Conference honors a year ago. Teaming with Lowe will be Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) who returns after a stellar freshman season that saw him earn Honorable Mention honors, as he led the team with 30 caused turnovers. Centenary will also look to junior transfer Nicholas Perkalis (Califon, N.J., Voorhees) and sophomores Kyle Peters (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham), Kyle Peters (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham) and Brock Mininger (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham) to bolster the defense.

Even with those players returning, the thing that coach Klank believes will set this team apart is the drastically improved depth of squad from top to bottom.

"The depth we have this year is going to allow us to play the way we want to ... fast," said Klank.

The Centenary depth is evident with the fact that Klank expects to play 20-25 players per game. In previous years, specifically 2012, the Cyclones would play a tremendous first half but would tire in the second half leading to some disappointing finishes. However, this season Centenary looks to run two lines of offensive midfielders as oppose to one, giving many players a much needed rest throughout the course of the game.

Furthermore the Centenary depth is the key factor in deciding how far this team will go in the season. With a first unit comprised of mostly returners that Klank believes is just as good as anyone in the conference, he thinks the second unit is going is determine just how this year will play out.

"Every good team has depth and good teams are able to use those their second unit without a big drop off in production. If we develop ours, we're going to be where we want to be at the end of the season."

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