Cyclone Offense on Fire vs. Mighty Macs

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 13, 2013) Led behind an attacking offense, Centenary took home another conference victory as they took down the Immaculata Mighty Macs 18-6 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cyclones came out attacking early on behind Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) as the senior attacked the cage to put Centenary on the board up 1-0 less than a minute and a half into the game.

Unfortunately only a few minutes later the Mighty Macs responded with an equalizer as Luc Minnich took a pass from Ben Tuscai and found the back of the net, tying the game up at 1-1 with just over 10 minutes to go in the half.

With intensity running high the Cyclones began to attack the Immaculata defense as Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) and Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) were able to team up for a pair of Centenary goals with the help of an assist from Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) and Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) respectively to take back the lead up 3-1.

Only 17 seconds later however Minnich would prove to be trouble once again as he beat the Centenary defense and found the back of the cage to cut the Centenary lead to within a goal, but with only 35 seconds remaining in the quarter, Nuzzolese responded right back with a solo goal of his own to extend the lead right back.

With the 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter, Nuzzolese continued to attack for the Cyclones as he paired up with Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) only 24 seconds into the quarter for another Centenary goal.

Within just over a 30 second span, the Mighty Macs answered with a pair of goals, but the Cyclones responded immediately back as Nolan and Gunn combined for three more to take an 8-4 lead with 6:37 to play in the half.

After an exchange of goals each, the Cyclones took a 9-5 lead into halftime, dominating in groundballs 29-13 over the Mighty Macs at the half.

From that point on, the Cyclones dominated in the second half, outscoring the Mighty Macs 9-1 to go on to an 18-6 win and improve their record to 10-1 including a 4-1 conference mark.

Nuzzolese led the Cyclones with five goals while Gunn led with eight points on three goals and five assists. Nolan picked up six points behind a pair of goals and four assists while Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley) earned the win behind 10 saves on the day.

The Cyclones look to continue their run to the 2013 CSAC Tournament on Wednesday when they host the University of Scranton at 3:30 pm.


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