Cyclones Fall to Pacers in Regular Season Finale

SCRANTON, Pa. (April 25, 2013) For only the second time all year Centenary wound up on the losing end of a game, as they fell to Marywood, 13-11.

The game did not start off in typical Cyclones fashion this afternoon, as Marywood jumped ahead 2-0 with goals by Brandon Terlizzi and Taylor Goldson with 6:08 remaining in the opening quarter. However, Centenary did right the ship as the quarter came to a close.

The Cyclones cracked the scoreboard when Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) connected with Trevor Krupinski (Lincoln Park, N.J., Boonton) to make it 2-1. Then, just over a minute later, Jeff Prudente (Somerville, NJ, Somerville) ripped a shot past the goalkeeper on a man-up opportunity to knot the game up at two apiece as the quarter came to a close.

Despite holding an 11-8 advantage in shots, the game was tied at two heading into the second quarter of play. Just like the opening quarter, the Pacers would strike first when Scott Slater converted a man-up opportunity to take at 3-2 lead at the 9:15 mark. However, the Cyclones would strike back on a Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) unassisted goal at 7:32 to make a tie ball game.

With the game in a 3-3 tie Centenary would attempt to take control of the game with back-to-back goals to take a 5-3 lead. The go-ahead goal came when Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) found Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset). That goal was quickly followed up when Gunn was on the receiving end of a Nolan pass to make it 5-3.

After those goals Marywood would get back in the scoring act when Derek Schmidt caused a Cyclones turnover and Cody Bachman would find the back of the cage to make it 5-4 with 4:33 remaining in the half.

A Joey DeBiasse (Long Valley, West Morris High School)goal with just under three minutes remaining would inflate the Centenary lead back up to two goals, but in a microcosm of the whole first half, the Pacers would answer with a goal from Schmidt to make the score 6-5 as the game turned to the half.

Just eight seconds after Patrick Johnston (Glen Ridge, NJ, Glen Ridge) won the second half faceoff, Gunn connected with Nuzzolese to open up the third quarter scoring and make the score 7-5 Cyclones. Then, just over two minutes later, Nuzzolese struck again to give the Cyclones a three goal lead with 12:49 remaining in the quarter.

After a rare four minutes of non-scoring, the Pacers ended the "drought" with a Riley Dobel goal to scale the lead back to 8-6. The Cyclones would answer with a Nolan tally to again give the visitors a three goal lead however a little over a minute later, the Pacers would control the rest of the quarter. A Slater goal on man-up followed by goals from Greg Nester and Terlizzi tied the game up at nine as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the third quarter.

With the game tied and headed into the final quarter of play, both teams were looking to pick up a huge victory with the CSAC playoffs right around the corner. Marywood struck first to take their first lead of the second half when Dobel scored his second of the game to make the score 10-9. The Pacers extended that lead at 8:51 with a Bachman goal and then again at 2:45 when Dante Frederico to make the score 12-9. Following a Marywood time out, the Pacers caused a Cyclones turnover and again ripped the twine to continue their monstrous fourth quarter and took an imposing 13-9 lead.

The Cyclones would tack on two late goals but it would not be enough, as they suffered their second loss of the season by the final score of 13-11. With the loss the Cyclones fall to 12-2 overall and 4-2 in the CSAC with the conference tournament beginning next week.


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