Caven, Orsini Power Centenary to Victory Over Maritime

MADISON, N.J. - Senior Steve Orsini (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) and junior Joshua Caven (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) both recorded six points to lead Centenary College to its sixth-straight season-opening victory, an 11-5 triumph over Maritime at Robert T. Shields Field on Saturday night.

Orsini deposited five goals and added one assist, while Caven dished out three helpers and scored a trio of goals.

Caven got Centenary on the board at the 12:31 mark and Orsini followed with three-straight goals before Zachary Pace netted a goal for the Privateers (1-1) with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Each team scored twice during the second stanza, with Caven and Orsini accounting for the Cyclones' goals.

After Orsini fired home his fifth goal during the opening minute of the third quarter to make the score 7-3, sophomores Conor Martin (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Anthony Biango (Highland Lakes, N.J./Vernon Twp.) both got into the scoring column, extending Centenary's lead to six. Caven and Biango added four-quarter tallied to help the Cyclones secure the victory.

Centenary tallied 36 shots, including 10 each from Caven and Orsini, while Maritime recorded 33 shots.

Sophomores Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and Kevin Switzer (Hillsdale, N.J./Pascack Valley) split time in goal. Malecki earned the victory after making five first-half saves, while Switzer stopped six shots during the final 30 minutes.

Pace netted three goals and net minder Mike Arnold blocked four shots to lead the Privateers.

Centenary looks to start 2-0 for the second consecutive year when it hosts SUNY-Oswego Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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MADISON, N.J. (March 1, 2014) Maritime lost for the first time the season, falling to the Centenary Cyclones by an 11-5 score on Saturday afternoon at Robert T. Shields Field.

Centenary opened up a 4-0 lead through the first 13:45 of the opening period as Steve Orsini of the Cyclones was responsible for three of the team's goals. With 33 seconds left in the quarter freshman Zachary Pace (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township) picked up a ground ball off a missed Maritime shot, and put home the rebound to trim the lead to 4-1.

In the second quarter, Orsini opened up the period with his fourth goal of the contest to give the Cyclones a 5-1 lead. Pace then picked up his second of the game just over two minutes later to pull Maritime within three at 5-2. With less than five minutes left in the period, Centenary regained its four-goal advantage.

Several possessions later, Centenary was assessed with a slashing penalty to give Maritime a man-up situation, which freshman Corey Cristallo (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) capitalized on with his first career goal on a pass from classmate Colin McCoy (Glen Allen, Va./Greenport). The half ended with Maritime trailing its hosts by a 6-3 score.

In the third quarter Centenary controlled much of the early play as the Cyclone lead increased to 9-3 halfway through the period. Pace collected his third goal of the game with 3:59 left in the period, but the Maritime offense was unable to muster any other goals in the period and headed into the final quarter down 9-4.

The Cyclones began the final stanza with two goals in the first three minutes. After Maritime cleared the ball with 10:26 left in the game, the Privateers had several shots that were off target but backed up nicely to retain possession.

Sophomore Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) was given the chance next on a shot and made the most of it as he rattled the cage for Maritime's fifth goal of the game. Neither side was able to score through the remainder of the contest as Centenary held on for the 11-5 victory.

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