Olijnyk leads Nazareth to Win over Utica

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Playing in her final regular-season home game, Nazareth senior Kristine Olijnyk (Webster) helped lead Nazareth past visiting Utica on Sunday as the Golden Flyers won their second game of the weekend, 15-9 over the Pioneers.

Olijynk scored five goals and added one assist and sophomore Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua) added four goals and one assist as Nazareth improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Empire 8. Utica dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in conference games. Before the game, Nazareth honored its five seniors: Olijnyk, Michelle Cook (Waterloo), Chelsey Amidon (Marcellus, NY), Sarah McCaskill (Cypress, TX) and Alyssa Mulheron (Canandaigua).

Olijnyk scored three times in the first 15 minutes of play as Nazareth surged to a 7-0 lead and were in control the rest of the way. She scored unassisted just :47 into the game and later capped the scoring run off an assist from freshman Amy McIntosh (Horseheads). Olijnyk scored again just :20 before halftime to run Nazareth's lead to 9-3.

Goals by sophomore Megan Cregan (Brighton) and Olijnyk to open the second half extended Nazareth's lead to 11-3. Utica made a game of it by scoring five of the next seven goals, but Johnston scored three of her goals in the second half, including her team-best 33rd goal of the season, as Nazareth maintained a comfortable advantage.

Sophomore Leah Cronister (Brighton) also scored twice for Nazareth, including Nazareth's final goal of the game off an assist from Cregan with 2:16 to go.

Johnston also had five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Amidon had a goal and an assist with four caused turnovers. Freshman Tara Prosak (DeWitt, NY) played all 60 minutes in goal and made 10 saves. Tammy Kohanski paced Utica with six goals.

Nazareth plays its last four regular-season games on the road, starting with next Saturday's E8 game at Hartwick at 1:00 p.m. Nazareth also visits Stevens Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


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