Cyclones Storm Through Arcadia for Senior Day Win

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (April 20, 2013) - On a day that eight seniors would never forget, Centenary continued to storm through their 2013 schedule with a 16-6 win over Arcadia on Saturday.

The Knights came out attacking the net early on to open the game on a 2-0 run in the first three minutes before Nicholas Perkalis (Califon, N.J., Voorhees) was able to force an Arcadia turnover and get the Cyclones moving upfield.

Down two goals, Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) sent the ball through the Arcadia defense to an outstretched Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) who was able to just grab the pass from behind him and rip a shot on net, scoring the Cyclones first goal of the game to cut the Arcadia lead down to 2-1 with 9:43 to play.

Unfortunately only a minute later the Knights responded with a goal, but Nolan answered right back for the Cyclones as he attacked the cage unassisted, bringing the deficit down to only a goal with 6:38 to play.

With time running out and only down one goal, Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) was able to force a turnover and send the groundball back to the middle of the field before going out of bounds so that Nuzzolese could take possession for the Centenary offense. Thanks to the quick turnover, the Cyclones had numbers moving up field as Nuzzolese found Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) to

break to the net and tie the game up 3-3 heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter opened up with nearly 12 minutes of pure defense before the Cyclones were able to take the lead thanks to another goal by Gunn. Only a minute later, the Knights responded back as they took advantage of broken Centenary equipment on the field as they stormed forward off the faceoff win to even the game at 4-4 heading into the half. Fortunately for the Cyclones, the Knights picked up an interference penalty at the horn, forcing Arcadia to start the third quarter in a 30-second man down opportunity.

Although the Cyclones were unable to capitalize within the 30 second period to start the third quarter, they wasted no time as Nolan took a pass from Trevor Krupinski (Lincoln Park, N.J., Boonton) and blasted the back of the cage to put Centenary back in front up 5-4.

Nolan continued to work the Centenary offense only a couple of minutes later as he worked around the side of the crease before finding Gunn right in front of the cage to extend the lead to 6-4 with 12:11 to play in the third quarter. Working hard on both sides of the field, Nolan forced an Arcadia turnover in the defensive end and sent the Cyclones up field as Gunn found Nuzzolese for a quick one-timer goal on the far side of the crease to keep the Centenary momentum rolling.

After an exchange of goals to bring the score to 8-6 with just over five minutes to play in the quarter, the Cyclones began to gain momentum that would not be stopped for the remainder of the game. Over the next four minutes, the Cyclones would capitalize on three straight goals as they took an 11-6 lead into the final quarter.

As they've done all season long, the Cyclones offense continued to play relentlessly as they opened the final quarter with a quick goal only 48 seconds in when Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) worked a pass from Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School) from behind the crease and sent it home, to put Centenary on top 12-6.

From that point on, the Cyclones kept attacking including a man-up goal by Nolan to the top right corner of the cage with 7:43 left in the game for his 100th career goal at Centenary. The Cyclones would go on to take a 16-6 victory over the Knights, extending their record to 12-1 heading into the final game of the regular season as they head to Marywood University on Thursday with opening faceoff at 4:00 pm.

Nolan led the Cyclones behind his 100th career goal, finishing the game with four goals, four assists, seven groundballs and a caused turnover while Gunn also picked up eight points on six goals and two assists. Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J., Pascack Valley) picked up the win for the Cyclones after recording 10 saves and three groundballs while in net.

2013-04-20



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