March 9, 2011

Centenary Rallies to Beat Lebanon Valley

from press release

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - Centenary scored five unanswered goals - including Conor Nolan's gamewinner a minute into overtime - to erase Lebanon Valley's 4-0 lead and win, 5-4, on Wednesday.

The Dutchmen (1-1) came up short in the defensive battle as the Cyclones (2-0) tied the game on Joe Swantkoski's goal with 25 seconds left in regulation.

The loss spoiled a 14-save effort by Bryan Lockward, while Centenary 'keeper Kyle McVay made 12 stops in the win.

A tentative first half saw just two goals - both by LVC - despite a combined 27 shots by the two teams. Jordan Mayr scored with three seconds remaining in the first quarter, and CJ Adams opened the second to double the lead thanks to Alex Beard.

LVC went ahead further in the second half with Ian Schmid hitting before Mayr notched his second, but Swantkoski finally got the Cyclones on the board with 43 seconds left, ending 44:17 of scoreless defense for LVC.

The trickle quickly became a flood for the Cyclones, as Nolan scored midway through the fourth quarter and Swantkoski added his second with 4:47 remaining to make it 4-3. After a key save by Lockward, Centenary was called for an illegal body check by Ray Schmitz, but managed to hold LVC without a shot and came back to score when Swantkoski finished his hat trick on the equalizer with 25 seconds left.

In overtime, LVC was hit was a delay of game penalty and managed to kill the extra-man opportunity, but once again Centenary scored after the expiration as Nolan took Robert Nuzzolese's feed to win it a minute into the extra period.

Centenary held a 31-26 shots advantage, including 7-3 in the fourth quarter. The teams were largely even everywhere else, including ground balls (26-25 Centenary) and faceoffs (6-5 Centenary), and neither team converted an extra-man chance.

LVC will visit Immaculata on Saturday.

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