Cyclones Stay Undefeated with Gutsy Win vs. Gwynedd-Mercy

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 23, 2013) In hands down the most intense game of the season, Centenary overcame an early deficit to defeat Gwynedd-Mercy, 9-6, in its first CSAC contest of the season.

After a scoreless opening 10 minutes in the first quarter, the scoreless deadlock was broken when Brandon Ford scored an unassisted goal to put the Griffins up 1-0. It took only 36 seconds for Gwynedd-Mercy to ring the bell again, as William Beck scored on a man-up opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. The Griffins did not stop there, as they tacked on one additional goal with 1:40 left in the quarter to take a 3-0 lead into the second stanza.

Trailing 3-0 the Cyclones were looking for a fast start in the second quarter-and that's exactly what they got. Just 18 seconds into the quarter Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ) found the back of the cage to get the 'Clones on the scoreboard. Less than a minute later Centenary would rip the twine again when Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA) connected with Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley) to make the score 3-2. Much like the Griffins in the quarter before, the Cyclones would add one more tally on a Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY) goal to tie the game up at three apiece headed into the half.

With the game up for grabs the Cyclones came out firing in the third quarter when DeBiasse scored his second of the game to give Centenary College the lead. The lead would be short lived though, as Roy Bakeoven would score for the Griffins to tie the game at four. That goal, however, would be the lone goal of the quarter for Gwynedd-Mercy as Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J.) made four saves for the Cyclones.

Centenary College would break the tie with two goals late in the third quarter by Prudente, not only giving him a hat trick but also a 6-4 lead as the game marched into the final quarter of play.

The Cyclones would keep their momentum going in the fourth, as Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY) found Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ) for the goal to extend the Centenary lead to 7-4. As was the case all game long, Gwynedd-Mercy anwered with a man-up goal from Bakeoven to make the score 7-5 with just under nine minutes remaining.

In such a tight game the Cyclones were looking for someone to stand up and help snatch the victory-and that's when Gunn took over. At 8:06 Gunn scored a huge man-up goal to wrestle momentum away from Gwynedd-Mercy and put the Cyclones up 8-5. Then, in the stuff that movies are made out of, Gunn fired a shot from his knees and beat the goaltender to extend the Cyclones goal to 9-5. In addition to bringing the crowd to its feet, Gunn's second goal of the game was also his 100th of his career.

The Griffins would tack on one last goal with 2:32 remaining in the game, but it was too little-too late and the Cyclones held on for the 9-6 victory.

With the victory, the Cyclones remained undefeated on the season and improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the CSAC. The men's lacrosse team will have a week to regroup from this fierce battle and will next be in action on Saturday, March 30th as they hit the road for the first time this season to take on DeSales University.


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