Visiting No. 20 Nazareth Defeats Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Junior Michelle Cook (Waterloo, NY) scored three goals and added an assist and senior goalie Ann Sessler (Cazenovia, NY) had a career-high 15 saves Thursday as visiting Nazareth improved to 2-0 in women's lacrosse with a 10-4 non-conference victory over the University of Rochester.

Nazareth, ranked 20th nationally in Division III, plays again Monday against Fredonia in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rochester dropped to 1-2 overall.

Thursday's game was tied 4-4 midway through the second half, then Nazareth scored the last six goals of the game to pull away for the victory. Cook scored all three of her goals during the decisive scoring run and now has a team-best seven goals on the season.

Sessler had nine of her saves in the first half as Nazareth went ahead 4-2. Junior Kristine Olijnyk (Webster Thomas) scored twice for Nazareth in the first 30 minutes and freshmen Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua, NY) and Erinn Wood (Vestal, NY) also scored for the Golden Flyers.

The Yellowjackets rallied, however, by scoring the first goals of the second half. Amanda Case scored her third goal of the game less than five minutes into the half and Chelsea Audin tied the score with an unassisted goal three minutes later.

Cook scored the next two goals to break the tie and give the Golden Flyers the lead for good. Johnston added her second goal of the game 42 seconds later off an assist from Wood to make the score 7-4.

Freshman Megan Cregan (Brighton, NY) contributed a free-position goal with less than nine minutes to play and then Wood assisted Nora Davis (Bishop Ludden/Syracuse, NY) and Cook respectively on the Golden Flyers' final two goals.

Nazareth had a 33-24 advantage in shots and won 11 of 16 draw controls. Olijnyk won four of the draws.

In addition to Monday's game against Fredonia at 11:00 a.m., Nazareth also plays a non-conference game against Stevenson Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in West Palm Beach.


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