No. 11 Nazareth Uses 7-0 Q3 to Fly by Pioneers

UTICA, N.Y. -- Visiting Nazareth outscored Utica 7-0 in the third quarter en route to a 16-6 victory in an Empire 8 Conference men's lacrosse game Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore C.J. Estes (Hebron Academy/Medfield, MA) scored a game-high six goals for the Golden Flyers, which gives him 28 goals thus far in the season.

With the victory, 11th-ranked Nazareth improves to 8-2 overall. The Golden Flyers remain undefeated in Empire 8 games with a 3-0 record. The Pioneers fall to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in conference games.

Junior Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar (Orchard Park HS/Orchard Park, N.Y.) tallied a game-high eight points with four goals and four assists. Senior Mark DeCirce (Binghamton HS/Binghamton, N.Y.) added one goal and six assists while junior Scott Castle (Skaneateles HS/Skaneateles, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist.

Sophomore John McDonnell (Fairport HS/Fairport, N.Y.) and junior Joe Valasiadis (North Shore HS/Glen Head, N.Y.) finished with two goals and one goal and one assist, respectively. Junior Kyle McLean (Bayport-Bluepoint HS/Bayport, N.Y.) also set up a goal and was credited with an assist.

The first half featured balanced scoring as the teams traded goals. Utica scored the first goal of the game 2:43 into the first quarter, but it took Nazareth less than three minutes to score the equalizer as Jacobs-Ferderbar scored his first goal of the game after receiving a pass from DeCirce. The Pioneers reclaimed the lead with 5:28 to play in the quarter, but it would be Utica's last lead of the game. Estes answered with back-to-back goals, separated by just 10 seconds, to provide Nazareth with its first lead of the game.

All of the scoring in the second quarter took place in the first five minutes. Utica's Corey Boulio opened the second quarter with a goal one minute into the period, however, McLean won the ensuing faceoff and found Jacobs-Ferderbar to put the Golden Flyers ahead 4-3. After Reed Reynolds scored to temporarily tie the game for Utica, Estes answered with an unassisted goal to put Nazareth ahead for good with 10:12 to play in the quarter. The Pioneers' goalie, Travis Wright, made 10 saves in the first half to slow Nazareth's scoring.

The Golden Flyers', however, took control of the game with a dominating third quarter in which Nazareth scored seven unanswered goal to take a 12-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. Wright kept the Pioneers from a larger deficit with seven saves in the quarter. Castle ignited the Golden Flyers with his first goal of the game, followed by a goal from Jacobs-Ferderbar, DeCirce, and three consecutive goals from Estes.

Jacobs-Ferderbar tallied the final goal of the quarter to increase the Golden Flyers' lead to eight goals. DeCirce set up three of Nazareth's seven goals, and Jacobs-Ferderbar was also credited with two assists during the third quarter scoring run.

Valasiadis opened the fourth quarter with a goal for the Golden Flyers' ninth straight goal spanning back to the second quarter. Michael Bulger ended the string of Nazareth's goals to cut the Golden Flyers' lead to 13-5. DeCirce set up a Nazareth goal for the sixth time by finding Castle for his second goal of the game to increase the Golden Flyers' advantage to 14-5.

McDonnell closed out the Nazareth's scoring with two goals midway through the quarter to extend the Golden Flyers lead to 16-5. John Giordano cut the final deficit to 10 goals with an unassisted score in the closing minutes for Utica.

Nazareth held an advantage in each of the major statistical categories including: shots (58-23), ground balls (28-17), and faceoffs (18-7). The Golden Flyers also converted 20 of 22 clear attempts and forced the Pioneers into nine failed clears.

Senior Todd Dermody (Newfield HS/Selden, N.Y.) earned the victory and made seven saves in goal for Nazareth. Wright finished with 20 saves for Utica.

The Golden Flyers return to Nazareth for an Empire 8 conference game against Hartwick Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.


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