Centenary vs. Marywood
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (March 31, 2012) - Despite three goals in the fourth quarter, the Centenary College men's lacrosse team could not hold off the Pacers in their home opener as they fell to Marywood 9-7 on Saturday afternoon.

After giving up a quick goal to the Pacers, the Cyclones capitalized on three man-up advantages to jump out on top 3-1. The first goal came at the end of a Pacer penalty when Cameron Gunn (Johnson City, NY, Johnson City) found the back of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.

Just over three minutes later, Robert Nuzzolese (Woodbury, NY, Syosset) took advantage of another man advantage once again, taking a dish out pass from Conor Nolan (Hillsborough, NJ, Immaculata) and blasting it past the Pacers goalie to take the lead 2-1. Not even a minute after Nuzzolese's goal, Gunn took matters back into his own hands with another goal from Nolan to extend their lead out to 3-1.

After an intense battle back and forth, the Pacers responded with another goal of their own just under the four minute mark, bringing the game to 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The start of the second quarter played out pretty quiet until the Cyclones, a man down at the time, responded following a huge save by senior goalie Kyle Mcvay (North Brunswick, NJ, North Brunswick) which led to a man-down goal by Nolan from Joshua Caven (Yardley, PA, Pennsbury) to jump back out 4-2 over the Pacers.

Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the Pacers responded with an attack of their own, posting four consecutive goals in less than five minutes to take back the lead 6-4 entering the half.

Coming out of the half, both teams continued to battle until the Pacers put up another goal with just under 9:30 to go in the quarter, jumping out to a 7-4 lead with the lone goal of the third quarter.

Down three goals moving into the fourth, the Cyclones knew they needed to step up and with just over nine minutes to go, Gunn teamed up for Nolan for a big responding goal to limit the Pacer lead down to 7-5.

Less than a minute later, the Cyclones continued their response as Gunn attacked yet again to bring the Cyclones within one goal with only eight minutes remaining in the game.

With just under three minutes remaining, the Pacers found themselves an insurance goal on a man-up advantage, putting them ahead 8-6 over the Cyclones.

As the clock was winding down, Nuzzolese came out with a huge goal off a Gunn pass in front of the net to bring the game back to a one goal differential. Unfortunately the Cyclones could not hold on as the Pacers extended out their lead with just under a minute to go on for an eventual 9-7 victory.

Despite 12 strong saves for the Cyclones, including a diving grab, McVay (2-5) took home the loss for Centenary while Nicholas Cornella took home the win for the Pacers.

Gunn finished the game with four goals and an assist for the Cyclones while Nolan took home a goal and three assists in the tough loss.

With the loss, the Cyclones drop to 2-6 overall, including a 1-2 conference record but look forward to one of their toughest game of the years on Wednesday when they take on #11 Cabrini College on the road at 3:30pm.