Cyclones Fire on All Cyclinders vs. Old Westbury

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 5, 2013) Centenary picked up their second victory in as many games on Tuesday afternoon by defeating SUNY Old Westbury 21-5 in a non-conference match-up. The Cyclones were propelled to a victory by Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, NJ, Delaware Valley Regional), who set the all-time Centenary College draw control record during the game.

Fittingly enough, the scoring started early with Pinkerton scoring goals at 28:56 and 26:15-the latter at free position shot- to put the Cyclones up 2-0 early. The Cyclones would tack on another goal exactly one minute later when Nicole Judd (St. Louis, MO, Lafayette) found Devin Sutko (Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson High School) to extend the lead to 3-0.

Old Westbury fired back when Courtney Gallagher scored the first of her four goals on the day at 23:33 to cut into the Centenary lead. However, from that moment on, Centenary would go on an offensive rampage and blow the game wide open.

The Cyclones blew through the rest of the half, scoring 11 unanswered goals. Pinkerton notched her hat trick by beating the goal keeper at 21:54 on a free position shot. From there Judd would score three times while Arden Wright (Coatesville,PA, Coatesville) and Carlie Schmitt (Stewartstown, Kennard-Dale High School) each added tow amongst other scorers. As the first half came to its conclusion the Cyclones held a massive 15-1 lead and outshot the Panthers 25-1.

With the start of the second half, the Cyclones continued to batter the first-year Old Westbury program with Brittlyn Dendy (Waldwick,NJ, Waldwick) scoring just 54 seconds in to extend the Centenary lead. Just over a minute later Pinkerton scored her sixth and final goal of the game to make the score 17-1.

Following a second Dendy goal, SUNY Old Westbury did go on a bit of scoring streak with Gallagher securing a hat trick with her second and third goals, while Jessica Walker added her first to make the score 17-4.

Aside from a Gallagher goal in the waning seconds of the game, the rest of the contest belonged to the Cyclones. At 8:26 Dendy registered her third goal of the game and was followed five minutes later by Kelsey Walter (Hackettstown, NJ, Hackettstown), who scored her first collegiate goal with 3:06 remaining in the game. Centenary's last goal came via Arden Wright with 46 seconds left to secure the win.

When the smoke cleared, Centenary College defeated SUNY Old Westbury 21-5 and outshot them 38-7. The Cyclones were also dominant in the midfield, out groundballing the Panthers 34-11 and thanks to Judd's record-setting performance controlled 21 draws as oppose to Old Westbury's six. Pinkerton broke the record with her 188 draw control but continued to dominate and now has 192 and counting.

Offensively, Pinkerton led the team in goals with six goals while Wright, Judd and Dendy each scored three. Judd recorded three assists to lead the team, while Judd and Pinkerton finished tied for the team lead with six points each.

With the victory Centenary now sits at 2-0 and will next be in action on Saturday March 9th at 11:00 AM when they hit the road for the first time this year to take on Kean University.


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