No. 12 Stevens Fends off Golden Flyers' Rally

In the final frame, Stevens changed goalkeepers from senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) to freshman Matthew Deiner (Millstone Twp., N.J.) and the switch seemed to spark the Stevens defense. Yando made two saves in 45 minutes to pick up the victory, while Deiner stopped five shots by Nazareth and allowed just two goals.

Offensively, the Ducks score the first three goals of the quarter by Dorne, Rose and Dupras over a 12:33 span. The three final goals were all assisted as well by Hofrichter, Dupras and Philippi, in that order.

Stevens held a 14-10 advantage with 2:27 left in regulation as the Golden Flyers tried to mount a late comeback. Naz was able to pick up two scores within 40 seconds but could not find the back of the net in the final 1:26 of play.

The Ducks dominated offensive possession, taking 55 shots to Nazareth's 28. Groundballs were nearly even, as the Golden Flyers held a slim, 29-28, edge. Stevens only failed on one of its 13 clear attempts, while the Ducks forced Nazareth to not complete five of its 16 tries.

Stevens has two more road games in the regular season. The Ducks will travel to Hartwick College on April 25 for a 4:00 p.m. start and will wrap up the season with a 1:00 p.m. showdown against Ithaca College on the 28th.

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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- In the final 2:04 if regulation, visiting Nazareth scored two goals in a span of 38 seconds to trim its deficit to two goals. Stevens, ranked 12th nationally, thwarted the Golden Flyers' final rally attempt by controlling possession through most of the final two minutes to hold on for the 14-12 victory in an Empire 8 game. Sophomore Collin Clark had a game-high four goals for the Golden Flyers.

Following the loss, Nazareth slides to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in conference contests. With the victory, Stevens improves to 12-2 overall and 4-1 in Empire 8 games. Saturday's hard-fought contest featured three lead changes and five ties.

The Golden Flyers stand in fourth place in the Empire 8 standings. The top four teams qualify to play in the conference tournament at the beginning of May. Ithaca and Stevens currently claim the top two spots with 4-0 and 4-1 respective conference records. St. John Fisher is in third place with a 3-1 record entering Saturday's contest against Alfred. The Golden Flyers host Fisher in a critical conference game on Wednesday, April 25th. Utica is presently in fifth place in the standings with a 2-3 conference record. Nazareth also has the tiebreaker over the Pioneers following the Golden Flyers' 19-7 victory over Utica on March 28th.

Nazareth scored two of the first three goals of Saturday's contest to claim the early edge. Both of the Golden Flyers' goals came on man-up opportunities. Just 45 seconds into the game, senior C.J. Estes put Nazareth on the board. The scoring opportunity began with a forced turnover by Estes, who collected the loose ball, then capped the sequence with his goal. After Stevens tied the score, Estes set up the scoring chance for junior Brian Wright. Wright's man-up goal came with just under eight minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Ducks tallied four goals in the final 3:31 of the quarter to take their first lead of the game. Alex Hofrichter, Nicolas Phillipi, Tim Culloty, and Charlie Cronin scored for Stevens during the run. After Hofrichter's initial man-up goal, Stevens won three consecutive faceoffs to continue to pressure Nazareth's defense.

In the second quarter, the Golden Flyers recorded three unanswered goals to temporarily tie the score midway through the period. Nazareth converted another penalty opportunity as Clark scored on the man-up only 15 seconds into the period. Senior Nate DeLone assisted on Clark's goal. Clark added an unassisted goal less than six minutes later. Following the faceoff win by freshman Drew Simoneau, sophomore Chris Aycock found Estes, who scored his third goal of the game to tie the score.

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