Centenary Holds off Mount Saint Vincent for Victory

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 2, 2013) In their home opener of the 2013 season, Centenary defeated Mount Saint Vincent, 10-9, in a nail-biter on Saturday afternoon.

The Cyclones wasted little time jumping on the board, as Nicole Judd (St. Louis, MO, Lafayette) found Carlie Schmitt (Stewartstown, Kennard-Dale High School) for the game's first goal less than two minutes into the opening the half. Schmitt had the scoring touch in early going, as two minutes later she buried a free position shot to extend the Cyclones lead to 2-0.

After several minutes of calm play, the Cyclones revved up the scoring again when Judd added her second assist on a goal by Allie Swartz (Marlton, NJ, Cherokee) to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team. However, the Dolphins would answer as Kelly Fraser scored one of her game-high four goals to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Unhappy the gave up the goal the Cyclones surged back with three consecutive goals to re-establish momentum. Goals by Judd and Arden Wright (Coatesville,PA, Coatesville) propelled the Cyclones before Kristen M. Rabenstein (Spring Grove, Spring Grove Area High School) scored her first career collegiate goal at 5:07 to make the score 6-1.

Although Fraser would tack on another goal with 3:02 remaining in the half, the Cyclones were in firm control of play and took a 6-2 lead into the break. The second half, however, would be a different story.

The second half began much like the first with Centenary College scoring three of the first four goals, as Swartz scored before Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, NJ, Delaware Valley Regional) scorched the next two past the goalie. But that seemed to inspire Mount Saint Vincent and the Dolphins emphatically let Centenary College they weren't going down without a fight.

Samantha Ramsden would begin the comeback for the Dolphins, scoring a free position goal and unassisted goal to make the score 9-5. Mount Saint Vincent would keep the pressure on, as Nicole Flores and Fraser each added a goal to make the score 9-7.

With the Cyclones on the ropes they fired back when Devin Sutko (Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson High School) found Brittlyn Dendy (Waldwick,NJ, Waldwick) for a big goal that gave Centenary a crucial three goal lead. Yet again, Mount Saint Vincent would not go away quietly as Flores scored again at 9:26 to make the score 10-8. Then, with 46 seconds left, Fraser struck again to make it a one goal game at 10-9.

However, off the final draw control the Cyclones were able to gain possession and kill time on the clock before firing it the length of the field as the final seconds clicked off the tock.

It was certainly a tale of two halves but through it all Andrea Senkarik (Mays Landing, NJ, Oakcrest) stood tough in the cage making 11 saves, including seven in the second half. The Cyclones saw contributions from nearly their entire roster with eight players recording at least one point-and five players recording multiple points. Offensively, Centenary College was led by Judd who recorded a goal and three assists, while Pinkerton (7) and Rabenstein (5) helped dominate the draw controls for the Cyclones.

With the win the Cyclones move to 1-0 and will next be in action on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:00 PM when they welcome SUNY Old Westbury to the campus of Centenary College.


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