Nazareth Holds off Hawks' Charge for Victory

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Host Nazareth scored the first eight goals of the game Saturday and held off a late charge by Hartwick to take a 12-8 women's lacrosse victory over the Hawks in an Empire 8 Conference game.

Nazareth improved to 4-1 in conference games and 6-6 overall. Hartwick dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the E8. Nazareth plays again Sunday against 17th-ranked Stevens at 2:00 p.m.

Junior Erinn Wood paced Nazareth with three goals and three assists. Juniors Alyssa Johnston and Megan Cregan each scored twice as did sophomore Amy McIntosh and freshman Brooke Sullivan.

Cregan scored both of her goals within the first four minutes to give the Golden Flyers an early advantage. Nazareth went on to score six more times in the first 15 minutes to build a commanding 8-0 advantage. Johnston scored twice during that stretch with Wood, McIntosh, Sullivan and freshman Brianna Mancini also scoring.

A goal by Hartwick's Erin Doyle broke the string and triggered a four-goal outburst for the Hawks, who scored the last three goals of the first half and the first one of the second to draw within 8-4. Consecutive goals by Wood, McIntosh and Sullivan pushed Nazareth's advantage back to 11-4.

Hartwick closed out the game by scoring four of the last five goals to make the score 12-8. Brittany LaVaute finished with three goals for the Hawks, who visit St. John Fisher Sunday.

Nazareth had a 32-23 advantage in shotsand an 18-16 edge in ground balls. Sophomore goalie Tara Prosak had 11 saves and scooped up a team-best four ground balls. Hartwick goalie Steph Luce also had 11 saves.

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ROCHESTER, NY Hartwick outscored host Nazareth 8-4 over the final 45 minutes on Saturday, but the Hawks couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 12-8 loss. The Hawks, who fall to 5-7 overall and 1-4 in the Empire 8, spotted the Golden Flyers an 8-0 lead in the first 14:36. 'Wick battled back to twice cut the hosts' lead to four but could get no closer.

Hartwick senior Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles HS) paced her team with three goals on the day. Juniors Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields HS) and Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran HS) each added two goals. Freshman Jackie Moynihan (West Islip, NY/West Islip HS) contributed a goal and classmate Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) dished out two assists.

The Flyers jumped in front thanks to eight goals on their first nine shots of the day. After scoring the scoring 1:25 into the match, three goals 1:04 apart extended the lead to 4-0 with only four and a half minutes elapsed.

After registering its fifth tally just under the 10-minute mark, another three-goal rally in a 2:06 spurt made the score 8-0 Naz. Doyle finally got the Hawks on the scoreboard with 14:55 left in the half and she scored her second 5:12 later to make it 8-2. LaVaute beat the clock for Hartwick's third goal with just one second remaining in the half and the Blue and White trailed by five at the intermission.

Scicchitano cut the deficit to four 5:54 into the second half of play. After Moynihan won the ensuing draw, freshman Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro HS) had a chance to get ''Wick closer but her shot was turned away by Naz goalie Tara Prosak.

The Golden Flyers countered with three straight goals in 6:21 to up their advantage to 11-4. LaVaute then netted her 90th career goal in a Hartwick uniform and Moynihan scored on the free position to make the score 11-6.

Naz tallied with 8:33 left but Scicchitano answered 1:16 later and LaVaute trimmed the lead to four, 12-8, with 5:49 left. Littleton set up both Hartwick tallies.

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