Cyclones' Late Goal Earns Overtime Win Over Griffins

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 16, 2013) Centenary picked up an intense overtime victory over conference rival Gwynedd-Mercy on Tuesday, taking down the Griffins, 16-15.

The Cyclones jumped out on the board early on as Allie Swartz (Marlton, NJ, Cherokee) attacked the cage only two minutes after the opening draw, putting the Cyclones in front 1-0. After a quick Griffin goal Erica Tripp (Vernon, N.J., Vernon), Devin Sutko (Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson High School), and Carlie Schmitt (Stewartstown, Kennard-Dale High School) teamed up with goals of their one in only a two minutes span to take back the lead 4-1.

Just under the halfway mark, the Griffins responded with a goal to cut the lead in half, but Brittlyn Dendy (Waldwick,NJ, Waldwick) answered right back for the Cyclones to put Centenary on top 5-2 with 11 minutes to go.

Less than a minute later, the Griffins posted up another goal, but within 16 seconds Alysia Pinkerton (Frenchtown, NJ, Delaware Valley Regional) attacked the cage to extend the Cyclones to another three goal lead.

Unfortunately, the Griffins answered with four straight goals in the last six minutes, giving them a 7-6 lead heading into the half.

Coming out of the half, the Cyclones answered only 17 seconds in as Sutko was able to find Nicole Judd (St. Louis, MO,

Lafayette) and net the equalizer goal to knot the game up at 7-7. The momentum continued to roll for the Cyclones as Dendy took the lead back for the Cyclones with an unassisted goal of her own in the 26th minute to put Centenary up 8-7.

From that point on, the Centenary offense continued to move the ball as Schmitt and Dendy teamed up before a pair of Swartz goals gave the Cyclones an 11-7 lead with only 20 minutes to go.

The Griffins were finally able to stop the Cyclones rally as Amy Powell was able to capitalize on a free position attempt, but the Cyclones responded right back as Pinkerton picked up a free position goal of her own, putting the Cyclones ahead 12-8 with just under 16 minutes remaining.

After a pair of Griffin goals, Swartz was able to step up for the Cyclones and snap the Gwynedd-Mercy rally, putting the Cyclones up 13-10.

With less than seven minutes to go in the game, the Griffins began to rally behind four straight goals over the next five minutes to take the lead back from the Cyclones up 14-13 with just over a minute remaining.

Following a failed clearing attempt by the Griffins thanks to a Swartz turnover, the Cyclones got the ball back looking to tie the game back up but missed a pair of shot attempts before Dendy was able to find the back of the net for another equalizer, tying the game up 14-14 to send the game into overtime.

The Griffins jumped out in front about halfway through the first overtime with a free position goal at 1:46 to take back the lead 15-14 heading into the second overtime period.

Coming out of the second overtime, the Cyclones attacked less than a minute in as Swartz found Judd and attacked the back of the cage to tie the game up 15-15 with only two minutes remaining.

With the clock winding down, Carlie Schmitt was able to force a turnover and run through the Griffins defense and give the Cyclones the lead with only 30 seconds left on the clock.

Thanks to her goal, the Cyclones were able to go on to a 16-15 overtime victory over the Griffins in an intense conference showdown. In the win, Andrea Senkarik (Mays Landing, NJ, Oakcrest) picked up 13 saves while the Cyclones were able to record a perfect 17-17 on clearing attempts.

With the win, the Cyclones improve to 5-7 on the season, including a 3-3 conference mark and look towards a run at the CSAC Tournament when they return to action Thursday to host Marywood University at 4:00 pm.

2013-04-16



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