Nazareth Routs Utica in Empire 8 Contest

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth dominated Utica in an Empire 8 men's lacrosse game Wednesday as the Golden Flyers scored early and often in a 21-2 romp over the Pioneers.

The win was the fourth straight for the Golden Flyers, who improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Empire 8. Utica dropped to 2-7, 0-2.

Thirteen different players scored for the Golden Flyers, including senior long-stick Brian Orr (Medford, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Jonathan VanOrden (Brewerton, NY), who each netted their first career goals. Nazareth had a 52-19 shooting advantage and used four different goalies. Nazareth led 8-1 after one quarter, 11-2 at halftime and 15-2 after three quarters.

Utica long-stick Matthew Crouse scored just :36 into the game, but then Nazareth rattled off 10 straight to take a commanding advantage early in the second quarter. Sophomore midfielder Brian Wright (Franklin Lakes, NJ) started the string and added a second goal later in the first quarter. Junior attackman Nate DeLone (Henrietta, NY) scored all of his game-high four goals during that stretch and senior attackman Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar (Orchard Park, NY) scored three times.

After Utica got an unassisted score from Justin Edelstein, Nazareth scored 11 more times, including the first career goal from VanOrden, who finished off a pass from DeLone with 3:03 left in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, junior long-stick Tucker Sampson (Yarmouth, ME) contributed an unassisted goal for his second tally of the season and VanOrden scored again off a pass from Jacobs-Ferderbar. Orr's goal came in the fourth quarter following a dash upfield. Senior midfielder Adam Nauerth (Brockport) and senior attackman Doug Milano-Johnson (Pittsford Sutherland) also scored twice each in the second half.

Nazareth was able to substitute freely in the second half with freshman Chris Aycock (Rush-Henrietta) also cracking the scoring column with a pair of assists.

Sophomore Tim Doyle (Palmyra-Macedon) played the first half in goal and made five saves. Junior Grant Williams (1 save) and freshmen Rob Olin (3 saves) and Eric Belair (0 saves) also played.


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