Nazareth Edges St. John Fisher in Empire 8 Action

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sophomore long-stick Jon Van Orden scored the game-winning goal, his first goal of the season, with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter Wednesday as Nazareth edged visiting St. John Fisher in an Empire 8 men's lacrosse game, 9-8, at Golden Flyer Stadium.

The victory improved Nazareth's overall record to 7-8, including a 4-2 record in conference play, and clinched a berth for the Golden Flyers in next week's E8 Conference Tournament. Nazareth closes its regular-season schedule Saturday at Elmira at 3:00 p.m. Fisher dropped to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Cardinals host Utica Saturday and need a victory to clinch a conference playoff berth.

The game was tied 8-8 after three quarters so Van Orden netted the lone goal of the fourth quarter. After a Fisher turnover, Nazareth was able to successfully clear the ball and senior C.J. Estes erdirected a pass across the crease to Van Orden, who buried a shot past Fisher goalie Jamie Campagna.

Each team had chances in the closing minutes, but Nazareth goalie Tim Doyle made a key save on a shot by Fisher's Mitch Ritchie with 1:07 left and the Cardinals never got another shot off the rest of the way.

Sophomore attackman Collin Clark had four goals for the Golden Flyers, including two on man-up. Estes finished with three assists. Kyle Denhoff and Bryan Dyer each scored twice for the Cardinals.

In a frantic first quarter, Nazareth led 1-0 early on an unassisted score by freshman Kyle Fanning. Fisher responded by scoring four times in a three-minute stretch to go up 4-1. Two goals by Clark made it 4-3, then freshman Jeff Christiano added an unassisted score to tie the score at 4-4. Fisher's Kyle Denhoff scored with 2:18 left in the period to give the Cardinals a 5-4 advantage after one.

Each team scored once in the second quarter with junior Brian Wright tying the score for Nazareth off an assist from Chris Aycock. Michael Boisvert scored for Fisher.

The teams continued to exhange scores in the third quarter with Clark adding his third and fourth goals of the game for Nazareth, including an extra-man goal off a pass from Estes with 2:24 left to tie the score at 8-8. Senior John McDonnell also scored for the Golden Flyers.

That set the stage for the final 15 minutes and the heroics of Van Orden, who scored three goals for Nazareth in 2011, but had none this season until Wednesday. Nazareth tried to run out the clock in the closing seconds, but Fisher forced a turnover and had one last possession. Freshman Vincetn Parillo defended Fisher scoring leader Ritchie, who was unable to generate a shot as time expired.

Nazareth had a 30-28 advantage in shots, but Fisher had advantages in ground balls (44-39) and faceoffs (13-8). Doyle made eight saves for Nazareth and Campagna had nine for Fisher.

Freshmen Drew Simoneau and Jerry Chasteen each six ground balls and Simoneau went 8 for 17 on face-offs. Freshman defeseman Jerry Chasteen had six ground balls.


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