Nazareth Runs by Hartwick to Win Fourth Straight

ROCHESTER, N. Y. -- Junior Kristine Olijnyk (Webster Thomas) scored four goals and added one assist and freshman Erinn Wood (Vestal, NY) added three goals and three assists Friday as Nazareth won its fourth straight women's lacrosse game, a 21-9 victory over visiting Hartwick.

The Golden Flyers improved to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in E8 games. Hartwick is 1-9 overall and 0-6 in conference play. The Golden Flyers host 13th-ranked Stevens Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Stevens defeated St. John Fisher 17-13 Friday.

Nazareth bolted to an 8-0 lead against the Hawks and were never seriously challenged thereafter. Olijnyk scored two of her goals in that opening flurry and also assisted on a goal by Stephanie Cash (Saratoga Springs, NY). Junior Michelle Cook (Waterloo, NY) also scored twice and had an assist on a goal by Olijnyk.

After Nora Davis (Bishop Ludden/Syracuse, NY) scored on an assist by Cash to make the score 8-0, Hartwick responded by scoring three of the next four goals to pull within 9-3. Chelsey Amidon (Marcellus, NY) and Wood each scored for Nazareth before the first half ended and Hannah Kennedy scored for Hartwick to make it an 11-4 game at halftime.

Nazareth expanded its lead in the second half, scoring four of the first five goals of the half to build a 10-goal advantage, 15-5. Freshman Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua, NY) opened the second-half scoring for the Golden Flyers. After Brittany LaVaute scored for Hartwick, Nazareth got consecutive goals from Olijnyk, Amidon and Davis to pull away.

Davis also finished with three goals for the Golden Flyers, while Cash and Cook each had two goals and two assists. Freshman Megan Cregan (Brighton/Rochester, NY) also scored for Nazareth as did seniors Alyssia Roberts (Marcus Whitman/Stanley, NY) and Jennifer Young (Marcellus, NY).

Nazareth had advantages in shots (39-25) and ground balls (20-16). Amidon and Davis each won five draw controls. Senior goalie Ann Sessler (Cazenovia, NY) had four saves in the first half for Nazareth and freshman Shelby Robinson (Cicero-North Syracuse/North Syracuse, NY) had six saves in the second half.

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ROCHESTER, NY An early hole was too much to overcome for the Hartwick College women's lacrosse team on Friday against Nazareth as the Golden Flyers earned a 21-9 win. Sophomore Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles), the Hawks' leading scorer, paced Hartwick with three goals. The Hawks slip to 1-9 on the year. Nazareth improves to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

Naz came out flying in the early going scoring eight goals in the first seven minutes of action. The Hawks responded over the final 23 minutes of the half, outscoring the Golden Flyers by a 4-3 margin. LaVaute, Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran), Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields), and Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon) scored goals in the first half to close the gap to 11-4 at halftime.

In the second half, Naz scored four of the first five goals in the opening seven minutes to gain a 15-5 lead, but Jen Lin (Albany, NY/Colonie) registered her third goal of the year and LaVaute netted her third of the day to pull the Hawks to within eight. The Golden Flyers would net the next four goals to put the game away.

Emily Walsh (Cortland, NY/Cortland) and Ryan McGovern (Miller Place, NY/Rocky Point) each scored the final two Hartwick goals in the final seven and a half minutes.

Kristine Olijnyk, Erinn Wood, and Nora Davis combined for 10 goals to lead Nazareth. Olijnyk scored four times with Wood and Davis each contributing three scores. Nazareth held a 39-25 edge in shots for the day. The Flyers also had a 20-16 edge in ground balls. Hartwick earned 16 draws to Naz's 15.

Goalie Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY/Guilderland), who finished the match with a season-high 14 saves, nabbed a game-high five ground balls for the Hawks. Jess Kenna (Mastic Beach/William Floyd) added three. McGovern and LaVaute recorded three draw controls apiece.

Hartwick is back in action tomorrow with its final Empire 8 road game against St. John Fisher at 1:00 p.m.


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