February 22, 2013

Late Spurt Lifts Nazareth Over Springfield

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Visiting Nazareth outscored 14th-ranked Springfield 6-3 over the final 15 minutes Friday to come away with a hard-fought 15-13 win over the Pride in a non-conference men's lacrosse game. The game was rescheduled to Friday in the anticipation of inclement weather in New England this weekend.

Both teams are now 1-1 overall. The Golden Flyers play their first home game Saturday against Geneseo at 1 p.m.

Against Springfield, senior midfielder Brian Wright scored three goals as did junior Trevar Haefele and freshman Luke Wooters. Wright and Wooters each scored twice in the fourth quarter to fuel the Golden Flyers' comeback.

"I'm pleased with the way our young guys stepped up," said Nazareth Coach Rob Randall. "We got behind on the road, but I thought we showed a lot of character in coming back."

Trailing 10-9 heading into the fourth quarter, Nazareth got a man-up goal fromTrevar Haefele less than three minutes in to tie the score. The teams exchanged goals and the score was tied at 13-13 with less than five minutes left before sophomore midfielder Nick Loscalzo netted the game-winner with 3:58 left. Nazareth's Drew Simoneau controlled the ensuing face-off and Wooters added an insurance goal, his third of the day, with 2:42 to go.

Simoneau won yet another face-off, his 18th of the game in 31 draws taken, and Nazareth was able to maintain possession the rest of the way.

The game was close throughout, but Springfield opened a three-goal lead, 10-7, late in the third quarter when Bryce Cerriello and Ryan Murphy scored goals just eight seconds apart. Wright scored with just :23 left in the quarter and Simoneau won the next face-off and scored just six seconds later to close the gap to 10-9 heading into the fourth quarter.

Nazareth was able to overcome a jittery first quarter in which the Golden Flyers committed eight of their 17 turnovers and were outshot 14-4. Springfield, though, was able to manage just a one-goal lead at 3-2 as Nazareth used goals from Trevar Haefele and Troy Haefele to stay close.

Nazareth then scored four of the next five goals to go up 6-4 late in the second quarter. Goals by freshman middie Jason Boike, Wooters and Trevar Haefele put Nazareth up 5-3. Then after a Springfield man-up goal, junior Chris Aycock scored unassisted for Nazareth with 2:17 left in the half to make it 6-4. The Pride, however, scored twice in the final :32 of the half to tie the score at 6-6 at halftime.

Springfield had 44 shots overall to Nazareth's 43. The Golden Flyers collected 33 ground balls to Springfield's 30. Simoneau had 11 ground balls and Loscalzo had six more. Freshman Scott Brown made his first career start in goal and made 14 saves in 60 minutes. The Pride scored on four of their five man-up opportunities, while Nazareth converted once in five opportunities.


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