Nolan Gets 100th Assist in Cyclone Victory over Monks

WASHINGTON, N.J. (March 10, 2013) – This afternoon on a picturesque March day, Centenary improved to 3-0 on the season with a 16-6 victory over St. Joseph's (Me.) by the final of 16-6. A dominant second half highlighted by Conor Nolan's (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) 100th career assist helped the Cyclones secure the non-conference win.

After a scoreless opening five minutes the Cyclones broke through when, fittingly, Nolan found Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) at 14:34 to take the 1-0 lead. Four minutes later Nolan was in the giving mood again, as he connected with Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) to go up 2-0.

Up 2-0 the Cyclones extended their lead when Nolan continued his banner day by beating the St. Joseph's goaltender to go up 3-0. Nolan then registered his third assist of the opening quarter on a Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) goal at 6:07. The Cyclones wrapped up their early scoring rampage when DeBiasse dished the ball to Prudente to make the score 5-0 Centenary with 4:36 remaining in the first.

Trailing 5-0, the Monks showed they were still alive by scoring the final three goals of the quarter –including goals by Max Meserve and Jeremy Sampsonis with less than 30 seconds remaining. As the quarter came to a close the scoreboard read 5-3.

The second quarter was arguably the most competitive quarter of the game, with neither team wanting the other to gain momentum. DeBiasse found the back of the cage just 38 seconds into the quarter for the Cyclones, but the goal was answered by the Monks' Jake O'Brien with 8:33 remaining in quarter. The Cyclones then received a goal from Gunn; however, that was also answered by a Monks goal to make the score 7-5 at half.

Coming out of the half the Cyclones went with Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley) between the pipes, and the freshman made some big saves. In fact, Switzer made four stops and didn't allow a goal. The back-and-forth action was non-stop; however, the Cyclones were able to swing the momentum pendulum in their favor as Nolan pegged his hat trick with the only two goals of the quarter.

As the game entered the fourth quarter, the Cyclones would build on that momentum and put the game out of reach. Following a DeBiasse goal only a minute into the quarter, the Monks did squeak one by Switzer. However, that was the first and last goal they scored all half. Goals from Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury), Gunn and Prudente made the score 13-6 in favor of the Cyclones with just over eight minutes left to play.

Up 13-6 Nolan cemented his name in the Cyclone record book with his 100th career assist when he found Prudente for his fourth goal to put the game out of reach. Centenary would tack on two additional goals by Nolan and Trevor Krupinski (Lincoln Park, N.J., Boonton) to put an exclamation point on the afternoon.

As a team the Cyclones won 17 of 25 faceoffs with Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge), Caven and Kenton Gottshall (Toms River, Toms River East) all having excellent days in the circle. In addition to their strong faceoffs, Centenary also outshot the Monks 38-34 and was successful on 29 of 32 clearing attempts for the game.

In goal Grant Nice (Harleysville, PA, Souderton Area) picked up the win by making four saves in the first half, while Switzer made eight stops in the second half. Offensively the Cyclones received hat tricks from Gunn and DeBiasse, while Prudente and Nolan each fired home four goals.

However, the afternoon belonged to Nolan. In addition to his four goals, the senior midfielder assisted on five goals and also picked up a team-high nine groundballs in the victory. His 100th assist is the first of three potential milestones he can capture this season. Nolan is only 13 goals away from 100 and only 13 points away from 200 for his career.

With the victory Cyclones improve to 3-0 on the season and will next be in action on Wednesday March 13th, when they welcome Lebanon Valley College to Cyclone Field at 3:00 PM.

2013-03-10



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