Centenary Offense Explodes in Victory over Alvernia

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (February 27, 2013) Centenary kicked off its 2013 season with a dominating 23-4 victory over Alvernia in a non-conference match-up.

It didn't take long for the Cyclones to begin their lethal offensive attack, as following an Alvernia penalty for an illegal body check, Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) found Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) for the man-up goal to put Centenary ahead 1-0. The Cyclones would tack on another goal less than a minute later when Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) scored his first career collegiate goal off an assist from Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata).

At 10:08 the offensive onslaught would continue when Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) found Gunn for a goal at 10:08 of the first quarter. The Cyclones would find the cage only :31 seconds later via Nuzzolese to go up 4-0.

The Cyclones would tack on additional goals from Nuzzolese and Nolan before Alvernia finally stopped stopped the bleeding at 4:46 of the opening quarter when Jared Toll scored to put Alvernia on the board.

Unhappy they let up a goal, the 'Clones tickled the twine once more in the opening quarter, as Nolan scored his second goal of the game to put Centenary up 7-1.

The second quarter brought more of the same Centenary offensive prowess as DeBiasse scored his second of the game at 14:05 before Gunn scored goals three and four to put the Cyclones up 10-1 with 10:30 remaining in the quarter. Centenary would keep up the relentless pressure as DeBiasse notched his hat trick only :47 later to make it 11-1.

Centenary kept the offensive pressure on as Prudente and Nuzzolese both scored goals before Alvernia finally scored again to make the score 13-2.

The quarter came to a close with Centenary scoring three consecutive goals led by Prudente scoring off a Nolan pass in a man-up situation, followed by more goals from DeBiasse and Nuzzolese to make it 16-2 at the half.

Come the third quarter, it would be a new half but the same results. Gunn continued his monster of a game, scoring goals five and six to get the scoring started. The same cast of characters would be up to their old tricks, as Prudente secured his hat trick at the 8:32 mark of the quarter and Nuzzolese put an exclamation point on the quarter with a goal at 5:35 to put Centenary up 20-2.

With the game strongly in hand, the Cyclones continued firing pellets at the cage. In the final stanza Centenary received goals from Luke Tremont (Vernon, Vernon Township), Steve Orsini (Sewell, NJ, Washington Township) and Brandon Feeney (Clark, N.J., Arthur L. Johnson) to make the final score 23-4.

During the game the Cyclones put on an offensive clinic, with their big guns firing on all cylinders. Gunn led all scorers with six goals and four assists, while Nolan also contributed in a big way with two goals and six assists and Nuzzolese sent home five goals and two assists. The Cyclones also received multi-point games from Prudente (3G, 2A) and DeBiasse (4G, 1A) while five other players chipped in with one point.

Aside from the offensive output, Centenary was also sound in the faceoff circle with Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) winning 12 of his 15, Kenton Gottshall (Toms River, Toms River East) going 6 for 7 and Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) winning all eight he took. Centenary also vaccumed up 59 ground balls as oppose to Alvernia's 31, while forcing the Crusaders to turn the ball over 27 times.

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