Cyclones Fall to Lancers Despite Strong Comeback

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 17, 2013) The cool temperature and frigid wind gusts seemingly had little effect on today's women's lacrosse game, as Centenary College fell to Worcester State by the final of 16-13.

Playing in their first game in over a week, the Cyclones started the game in ideal fashion when Brittlyn Dendy (Waldwick,NJ, Waldwick) found the back of the cage just 26 seconds into the game to put them up 1-0. However, their hot start would quickly sizzle out as Worcester answered with seven straight goals to take a commanding lead. The seven goal run would see Kalia Chase, Molly Kliday and Jackie Connors each score twice, while Jaclyn Lawlor added one.

The Cyclones would answer when Allie Swartz (Marlton, NJ, Cherokee) scored an unassisted goal at 21:38 to make the score 7-2, but the Lancers would again go on a run. Paced by two Vicki O'Brien goals, Worcester would take a commanding 11-2 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half.

The Cyclones faced an uphill climb if they wanted to make the game a contest and in the final minutes of the half they started their assent up that hill. Benefitting from goals by Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, NJ, Delaware Valley Regional), Carlie Schmitt (Stewartstown, Kennard-Dale High School) Swartz and Dendy, Centenary scored four of the final five goals in the half to make the score 12-6 at intermission.

The second half was fiercely competitive and featured a ton of back-and-forth action on both ends of the field. Worcester got the scoring started in the second half when Kilday sent home her third goal of the day at the 28:28 mark to go up 13-6. The Cyclones would quickly answer with three consecutive goals by Pinkerton, Dendy and Erica Tripp (Vernon, N.J., Vernon) as they continue to hack into the Worcester lead.

Sensing the mounting comeback, the Lancers would then score three of the next four goals-all by Connors-to re-establish their lead and make the score 16-10 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Trailing late, the Cyclones never quit and nearly came back to steal the victory. Devin Sutko (Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson High School) fired home two goals just 11 seconds apart to make the score 16-12 and was then quickly followed by a Swartz goal to further cut into the lead. However, Worcester would do a tremendous job of playing keep away, as the Lancers killed the greater part of the final seven minutes with great ball control and offensive movement. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the scoreboard read Worcester 16 and Centenary 13.

Despite the loss, the Cyclones received a number of standout individual performances. Both Dendy and Swartz recorded hat tricks, while Pinkerton continued her assault on the Centenary record book with 12 groundballs and 10 draw controls. During the game, Pinkerton secured her 200th career draw control and distanced herself further as the all-time leader.

With the loss the Cyclones fall to 2-2 on the season. They will next be in action on Wednesday March 20th, as they hit the road to take on Immaculata University at 4:00 PM in their first CSAC match-up of the season.

2013-03-17



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