Immaculata Outguns Centenary in Barnburner

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 20, 2013) On the first day without rain, snow or a combination of the two in what seems like months, Centenary fell to Immaculata in barnburner by the final score of 17-16.

Things started off great for the Cyclones as Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, NJ, Delaware Valley Regional) found the back of the cage just 41 seconds into the game to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Centenary quickly added to that lead with goals from Arden Wright (Coatesville,PA, Coatesville) and Allie Swartz (Marlton, NJ, Cherokee)-both assisted by Devin Sutko (Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson High School)-to make it 3-0 not four minutes into the game.

After Immaculata got on the board with a goal by Allison Jacavick, the Cyclones answered less than a minute later with a Sutko goal to keep their lead at three. However, three straight Immaculata goals would tie the game up at 4 apiece with 17:29 remaining in the half.

A goal from Swartz broke the tie and re-established the lead for the Cyclones, but again Immaculata would go on a mini run scoring three straight goals to take a 7-5 lead just past the halfway point of the opening half.

The back and forth action would continue for the remainder of the half as Centenary benefitted from goals by Sutko, Wright and Carlie Schmitt (Stewartstown, Kennard-Dale High School), while the Immaculata would manage to rip the twine five more times and take a 12-8 lead into the half.

After a goal by Immaculata's Shannon Neil at the 26:09 mark got the scoring started in the second half, the Cyclones had had enough and mounted a furious comeback. Sensing her team was in need of a big push, Centenary senior-captain Pinkerton stepped up and delivered. The midfielder would score three straight goals, and in the process notch both her 100th career goal and 100th career point-continuing her record breaking season.

Piggy-backing Pinkerton's three goals, the Cyclones received goals from Wright, Sutko and Nicole Judd (St. Louis, MO, Lafayette) to come all the way back and take a 14-13 lead with 19:21 remaining.

After trading goals, Centenary again led by a single tally just a second past the halfway point of the half, however the remaining minutes would belong to Immaculata.

Goals by Danielle Lopez, Caitlin Caruso and Katie Cook put Immaculata up 17-15 and despite Pinkerton scoring her sixth goal of the day late, the Cyclones would fall.

Centenary's midfield and attack were firing on all cylinders, as both Wright and Sutko fired home hatricks. To go along with her three goals, Sutko also recorded five assists for a total of eight points in the contest. In addition to their outstanding play, Pinkerton again stole the show with six goals and an astounding 16 draw controls in the contest.

With the loss in their opening CSAC contest, the Cyclones fall to 2-3 on the season and are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. However, Centenary only has to wait three day to right the ship, as they welcome Neumann University to Cyclone Field on Saturday March 23rd at 12:00 PM.


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