Golden Flyers Outgunned by St. John Fisher

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting St. John Fisher outscored Nazareth 7-1 in the first half and went on to defeat the Golden Flyers 16-5 in a women's Empire 8 Conference lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Brooke Sullivan scored two goals for Nazareth in the loss.

With the loss, the Golden Flyers drop to 6-8 overall and 4-3 in Empire 8 contests. The Cardinals improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in conference games following the victory.

Nazareth will be the fourth seed in the upcoming Empire 8 Tournament, scheduled for May 5 and 6. The Golden Flyers will play their semifinal at Ithaca, who is currently 6-0 in conference games and 11-3 overall. The Bombers outscored Nazareth 19-3 on April 6th during their regular season contest.

Fisher took control of Saturday's game in the first half as five different Cardinals scored at least one goal in the opening period. Bridget Alberts scored the first goal of the game 7:19 into the contest, and it was followed by a goal apiece by Lindsey Shoales and Emily Bryerton. The goals by Shoales and Bryerton were separated by only 10 seconds and provided Fisher with a three goal lead with about 21 minutes to play in the half.

After Bryerton tallied her second goal of the game, Sullivan slowed the Cardinals' momentum by converting a free position opportunity. Sullivan's goal trimmed Nazareth's deficit to three goals midway through the half. Fisher doubled its advantage following goals by Bryerton, which was her third goal of the afternoon, Alberts, and Taylor Hughes.

Hughes' goal came with just seven seconds remaining before the break, and the Cardinals' momentum carried into the second period. Alberts scored in the opening minute of the half, and Melissa Leonhard, and Hughes each scored twice to stretch Fisher's lead to 12-1 with 18:38 to play in regulation.

Nazareth responded with three unanswered goals to trim its deficit to eight goals, but the Golden Flyers were unable to threaten the Cardinals' lead. Sophomore Amy McIntosh converted her free position shot to ignite the Flyers' quick scoring run. Junior Kayleigh Pearson then assisted on junior Leah Cronister's 12th goal of the season. About a minute after Cronister's goal, McIntosh found Sullivan, who scored her second tally of the game and 10th of the season. Nazareth's three-goal run was in a span of 3:51. With 6:21 to play, junior Erinn Wood scored her 21st goal of the season off an assist by junior Alyssa Johnston.

The Golden Flyers' second half scoring run was halted by the Cardinals' tenacious defense and potent offense. Hughes, Kristina Lombard, Leonhard, and Jill Zerrillo each added a goal in the final 10 minutes of action for Fisher. Hughes and Leonhard each have 53 goals on the season for the Cardinals.

Fisher finished with advantages in total shots (36-12) and draw controls (16-7). Nazareth finished with an 18-16 edge in ground balls collected. The Cardinals forced the Flyers into committing 18 turnovers. Fisher committed 11 turnovers.

Sophomore Tara Prosak started in goal for Nazareth and recorded a game-high seven saves in 34:10 of action. Junior Shelby Robinson played about 18 minutes in goal and made two saves. Freshman Ashley Kirch played the final 7:41 in Nazareth's net and also recorded two saves. Caroline Trpcevski played all 60 minutes in goal for Fisher and tallied three saves to earn the victory.


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