Cyclones Storm Past Ospreys

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 2, 2013) On a blustery, snow-infused day at Cyclone field Centenary bared the cold temperatures and defeated Richard Stockton in a heated game, by the final score of 14-9.

The Ospreys took a quick 2-0 lead in the early going, but the Cyclones answered the challenge with goals from Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) and Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) to tie the game up at two apiece at 7:53 of the opening quarter.

Stockton would re-gain the lead with 5:40 remaining in the quarter when Nick Bolongo scored an unassisted goal to go up 3-2. However, the Cyclones would get the last laugh in the quarter as Nuzzolese's second goal tied the game and a Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) goal off a striking pass from Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) put the Cyclones up 4-3 at the end of the opening quarter.

Come the start of the second quarter the back and forth action would continue, as Vincent Manasia scored a minute and a half in to tie the game up again for the third time. That goal, however, would be the last the Ospreys would score in the opening half. The Cyclones would buckle down for their strongest quarter of the game and rally off four straight goals.

The scoring was started at 10:07 when Nuzzolese found Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) to give the Cyclones the lead back. A few minutes later DeBiasse would tally his second and then Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) would find the back of the cage. The scoring was wrapped up by a spirited Nolan goal with 13 seconds remaining to give the Cyclones the 8-4 leaded headed into the half.

After a strong first half the Cyclones looked to continue their effort for the remaining of the game. The second half brought in a new goalie as Grant Nice (Harleysville, PA, Souderton Area) came in to replace Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley), who played a solid first half.

The Garden State foes would battle for the first 7:30 and change of the third quarter before Manasia would score the second of his four goals to cut the Centenary lead to 8-5. However, the Cyclones three-headed offensive monster would rear its head again as Nuzzolese, Gunn and Nolan would each rip the twine to put Centenary up 11-6 as the game headed into the final quarter of play.

In the final quarter Caven fired home his second goal of the game to extend the Centenary lead. From that point forward the teams would exchange goals with Prudente and Gunn adding goals to their impressive tallies from the day.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock the scoreboard read Centenary College 14 and Richard Stockton College 9. Aside from a fourth quarter that saw the Ospreys spray 20 shots at the cage, the Cyclones defense led by Sean Lowe (Westminster, MD, Westminster), Brock Mininger (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham) and Kyle Peters (Hatboro, PA, Hatboro- Horsham) held Stockton to only 28 shots. The Cyclones great team effort also showed up in the ground ball statistics, as they scooped up more than Stockton in three of the four quarterse. In the cage for the Cyclones, Kevin Switzer got the victory but both goalies played well combining for 16 total saves.

With the win the Cyclones improve to 2-0 on the young season, while Richard Stockton falls from the ranks of the unbeaten by slipping to 2-1. The Cyclones will next be in action on Wednesday March 6th when they welcome Lebanon Valley College to Cyclone Field at 3:00 pm.


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