Fast Start Helps Cyclones to Victory over Dutchmen

Washington, N.J. (March 13, 2013) Centenary remained perfect for the season with an intense 10-8 victory over Lebanon Valley on Wednesday night at Warren Hills High School.

The Cyclones jumped out to a fast start when Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) connected with Patrick

Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) less than a minute in to make the score 1-0 in favor of the home team. Two minutes later DeBiasse fired home a shot to put Centenary up 2-0 not even three minutes into the games.

After some missed scoring opportunities by both teams, the Cyclones closed out the quarter emphatically with goals fromJeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville), Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) and DeBiasse. Each of the final three goals was scored within the last five minutes of play and put Centenary up 5-0 at the end of the quarter.

However the tide started to turn during the second quarter of play, and it began when Malik Pedroso scored a man-down goal just 38 seconds in to put Lebanon Valley on the board. The Dutchmen would tack on two more goals to make the score 5-3 halfway through the quarter.

The Cyclones would stop the bleed with 6:56 remaining in the quarter when Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) scored an unassisted goal to help give Centenary some breathing room. Nevertheless Lebanon Valley would have the last laugh of the half, as they scored a goal with 5:41 remaining to make the score 6-4 at the half.

After making six saves in the opening half, Centenary goalie Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley) had arguably his best quarter of the game in the third quarter. Despite two Dutchmen goals, Switzer made five crucial saves to keep Lebanon Valley at bay. His play, combined with a Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) goal, helped Centenary take a 7-6 lead into the final quarter.

Engaged in their toughest game of the season thus far and on the ropes, the Cyclones came out swinging in the final quarter. Less than three minutes into the quarter DeBiasse picked up his fifth point of the night when he connected with Gunn for the goal. Centenary added goals from Nuzzolese and Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) to hold a 10-6 lead with less than four minutes remaining.

However, in a microcosm of the entire game, Lebanon Valley battled back after a strong Cyclones start to the quarter. With 2:13 left on the clock the Dutchmen's Andrew Dennison found the back of the cage to make the score 10-7. Things got a bit more dicey for the Cyclones when Lebanon Valley added yet another goal by Ryan Lanigan with 22 seconds remaining to cut the Centenary lead to 10-8.

None the less, the Cyclones were able to ride out final 22 seconds and improve their record to 4-0 on the season. The game was very evenly matched with each team picking up 42 ground balls and Lebanon Valley holding very slight advantages in face-offs, successful clears and shots. But a hot start and timely saves helped preserve the victory for Centenary.

The men's lacrosse team will next be in action on Saturday, March 16th at 12:00 PM, when they welcome Penn State Abington to Cyclone field.

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WASHINGTON, N.J. - Lebanon Valley couldn't dig out of an early hole, as it fell 10-8 against Centenary at Warren Hills High School.

The Cyclones (4-0) went ahead 5-0 after the first quarter, and then wrapped the game up with three goals to start the fourth after the Dutchmen (3-2) fought back to make it a one-goal game in the third.

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