Golden Flyers Dominate Visiting Hartwick

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth defeated visiting Hartwick 17-5 in a men's Empire 8 game on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Flyers received goals by 11 different players to build their commanding lead. Nazareth led 9-1 at halftime on the way to the victory. Senior Nate DeLone and freshman Kyle Fanning tallied three goals apiece to lead Nazareth.

With the victory, the Golden Flyers improve to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in conference games. The Hawks fall to 6-6 overall and 1-3 in Empire 8 contests after the loss. Nazareth is in action again on Tuesday when the Golden Flyers travel to Cortland to take on the second-ranked and undefeated Red Dragons in a non-conference game. Nazareth resumes its conference schedule on April 21st at 11th-ranked Stevens.

Nazareth controlled action throughout Saturday's game with Hartwick by scoring the first four goals of the game. Sophomore Collin Clark put the Flyers on the board 3:03 into the period after reciving a pass from senior C.J. Estes. Less than four minutes later, the two players connected again. Clark found Estes, who buried a shot to convert Nazareth's man-up opportunity. DeLone and junior Brian Wright also scored to build Nazareth's lead.

With the final seconds of the first quarter ticking down, Nazareth tried to set up a final shot attempt, but Hartwick's pressure created a turnover at the top of the Hawks' box. Hartwick's Mike Morrison collected the loose ball, sprinted across midfield, then found teammate Harry Hughes in the center of the Flyers' box. Hughes, who was wide open on the play, beat Nazareth junior Tim Doyle with a shot just as time expired. Doyle and the Flyers' defense, however, frustrated Hughes most of the day and held him to just two goals. Hughes entered the contest with 40 goals in the Hawks' previous 11 games.

Following Hartwick's last second goal in the first quarter, Nazareth refused to surrender the momentum and scored five unanswered goals in the second quarter to stretch its lead. DeLone opened the scoring in the period after receiving a pass from sophomore Chris Aycock. About one minute later, Fanning followed with his first goal of the game to extend Nazareth's lead to 6-1 with roughly nine minutes left to play. Freshman Jeff Christiano followed with an unasisted goal, which was the first of his career at Nazareth.

Fanning scored two additional goals before the end of the half. Fanning's second goal was set up by a caused turnover by freshman Drew Simoneau. After the Hawks' goalie, Nick Triano, crossed midfield with the ball, Simoneau forced Triano into a turnover. After collecting the loose ball and reaching the Hawks' box, Simoneau passed to Fanning. Fanning had no trouble scoring past the Hartwick defender who was covering the goal.

Two consecutive goals by Hartwick's Phil Schaefer trimmed the Golden Flyers' lead to six goals, 9-3, with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter. Nazareth, however, responded with five goals in the final 4:53 of the period to take a double-digit lead into the fourth. Aycock and Estes each scored man-up goals during the run. Freshman Nick Loscalzo and DeLone also added even goals. Senior John McDonnell's goal with two seconds left in the period provided Nazareth with the 11-goal advantage.

In the fourth quarter, the Hawks scored twice in the first five minutes of the period, but Hartwick never seriously threatened the Flyers' lead. Nazareth scored three goals in a span of 1:32 to close the game. Freshman Charlie Mayne scored two of the Flyers' goals. Simoneau had Nazareth's final tally.

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